Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St. in Rockland, will host an exciting and provocative Purim festival on Sunday, Feb. 28. It will begin at 11:30 a.m., when Rabbi David Freidenreich, whose brilliant talk on “Islam and the Jews” in December drew raves from participants, will come back to lead the Purim service and talk about “The Megillah: the Real Story,” its significance in Jewish history and thought, and how that has evolved.

Rabbi Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2006; concurrently, he completed his doctorate in religion at Columbia University. He is an expert in the comparative study of Jewish, Christian and Islamic law.

The congregation will gather in the sanctuary where Rabbi Freidenreich will chant the Megillah as children enthusiastically crank their noisemakers at every mention of Haman! At about 12:15 p.m., they will head downstairs for a bagel and lox oneg, following which the adults will return to the sanctuary for Rabbi Freidenreich’s talk about the Megillah, while the children remain downstairs to prepare hamentashen and rehearse their Purim skit.

After the talks conclude, the children will perform their skit. A mini-carnival featuring games and prizes is also in the works. Adas Yoshuron Synagogue encourages all members and friends to join the inspiring, informative and tasty celebration of Purim.