Purim Carnival Dances
A poster advertising a Purim celebration at the Bristol Garden during the British Mandate. The poster shows the date and time of the carnival dances and gives details about the three evenings which include fancy dress, lotteries, and prizes for the "best costume, best dancing couple, and prettiest lady present." According to the poster, the venue had illuminations, an oriental room, decorations, a large assortment of refreshments, and continuous music. At the bottom of the poster are details regarding the price of entry tickets and where to buy them.
The Bristol Garden venue was a popular café in Jerusalem at the time of the British Mandate.
Teachers of Jewish Studies could show this poster when discussing the various ways that Purim has been celebrated in different places throughout the years. Jewish History teachers could show this poster when discussing Jewish culture in Israel during the British Mandate.
What event is this poster advertising?
The poster is not dated. Can you guess when it was printed? How did you reach this assumption?
What did these events include?
These events were Purim parties. What elements remind you of Purim traditions?
The events took place in a café in Jerusalem named the Bristol Gardens. Read the text on this link from the book: Letters from Jerusalem: During the Palestine Mandate by John C. Holiday and Eunice Holiday.
What does this excerpt tell you about life in Jerusalem in the years before the establishment of the State of Israel?
Create a poster advertising a Purim party that you would like to attend.