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Local Jewish leaders will argue for a good cause this month at the Fifth Annual Latke-Hamantashn Invitational Debate benefiting Jewish Family Service of Tidewater and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. The Purim shpiel event, being held at Virginia Wesleyan College, will comically struggle to answer the age-old question of which is superior: the Hanukkah latke or the Purim hamantashn. Organizing the event is VWC’s Gloria & David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies Dr. Eric Mazur: “This is a nice way to bring members of different congregations together for Purim and for area Jewish leaders to engage with their congregants and friends. But most importantly, it’s a fun way to raise food, funds and awareness for two local organizations that do so much work for area residents who don’t have enough to eat, particularly during the late winter days as colder weather lingers.” The event will take place Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Women’s Resource Center. It is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to contribute canned or dry goods or a make a small monetary donation to support the featured charities. Kosher snacks and refreshments will be provided by Yorgo’s Bageldashery and Belkov Brothers Kosher Food and Wine Distributors (formerly VA-BEL). For more information, contact Dr. Eric Mazur at or 757.455.3250.