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TORRINGTON, CT-030909JS01-Miriam Jenkins, 11, of Litchfiled, left, shares a laugh with Laurie Denenholtz, 11, of New Hartford and Alyssa Pelosi, 11, of Thomaston following the Purim celebration Monday at the Beth El Synagogue in Torrington. The festival of Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.<br />
Jim Shannon  Republican-American