Part of the tradition of Purim is attending the annual celebration in dress-up. Sydney"s Great Synagogue became a sea of brightly coloured wigs, masks and a man in jockey silks on February 28. The other Purim tradition is during the reading of the book of Esther - also known as the Megillah - to boo at each mention of royal adviser Haman, who wanted to destroy the Jewish people.
To cap off the celebration, the traditional reading at the Great Synagogue was followed by a performance of Megillah Mia!, a stage show that takes the Purim story and puts it to the music of ABBA. Such performances, known as a “purim spiel" have been absent from celebrations at the synagogue for a number of years.
According to Rabbi Lawrence, the synagogue"s new board and events committee had decided to reinstate the performances as a way to reconnect with in a social setting.