WED 23Hey! Why are all those children in costumes and masks getting candy? It's not Halloween. But it is the Jewish holiday Purim, and it's a fun one. The holiday commemorates the brave Queen Esther's deliverance of the Jews from the hands of the evil Haman (Boooo! Hiss! Rattle!). Every time the evil one's name is mentioned during the reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther), partygoers howl and twirl graggers, or noisemakers. The Jewish Museum of Florida (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) invites the public to enjoy an evening of dancing to the classic klezmer band Traditions, mask-making, and a dinner buffet of tasty kosher delights. Get ready to shake your noisy makers tonight at 7:00. Admission for museum members is $18 for adults, $7 for children, and $50 for families; nonmembers pay $28, $10, and $75. Children under age 12 are free. Call 305-672-5044 ext. 12, or visit (LO)

By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

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