Raising the ‘Roof’: Kids ride ponies, parents fall off the wagon at ‘Fiddler’-themed Purim party - Brooklyn Paper

Raising the ‘Roof’: Kids ride ponies, parents fall off the wagon at ‘Fiddler’-themed Purim party

Horse and pony show: Kensington Stables worker Jill Adamski leads a tot astride pony Smores at Chabad of Park Slope and Congregation B’nai Jacob’s Purim Party on Sunday.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This party was Pur-im entertainment!

Park Slope ankle-biters were treated to games, treats, and pony rides courtesy of Chabad of Park Slope and Congregation B’nai Jacob, which hosted a “Fiddler-on-the-Roof”–themed Purim party Sunday at its Ninth Street synagogue.

Grade schoolers are not typically known for their appreciation of musical theater, but one local mom said the tots couldn’t have asked for more from the shindig.

“It was really nice,” said Maya Loren. “They did a good job.”

Keeping with the theme of the 1964 musical — which set in a rural turn-of-the-century Russian shtetl — the party planners brought out a cowboy entertainer, who juggled fire-sticks and showed the kids a few tricks with his trusty lasso.

But Sunday’s main attraction was undoubtedly Smores the Pony, who rode out from Kensington Stables to treat some tots to their first-ever equine encounter.

Parents, meanwhile, enjoyed matzo balls and lots-o booze courtesy of an open bar.

And as the adults liquored up, kids danced to the classic tunes of a traditional Klezmer ensemble, featuring a violin, accordion, and some snazzy period costumes.

At the party, Lubavitchers and orthodox practitioners hammed it up with their less devout counterparts, who were gladdened by the warm welcome, according to Loren.

“This was our fist time there and everyone was extremely welcoming and nice,” Loren said. “We’re not very religious so it’s kind of complicated when you go to these places, but they were extremely welcoming.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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