What is Purim?

Purim is the celebration of Jewish deliverance as told in the Book of Esther (the megillah). Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king’s prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the megillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is read aloud.

Read more and find Purim recipes, stories, crafts, songs, and social action projects.

Hamantaschen & Hilarity ~ A Community-Wide Celebration
Tuesday, February 27

On Tuesday night, February 27 we will set a Purim mood early with a congregational celebration for people of all ages. Come hear the Megillah (Purim story) told with special parody songs, costumes, and lots of silliness! Noise, dressup, and chaos encouraged.

For those who need a quick dinner, we’ll be ordering pizza. Sign up here*.

The service/show starts at 6 pm and will be followed by hamantaschen (traditional Purim cookies) and an open bar.

5:30 pm ARS ends early. Pizza party dinner with RSVP here*
6:00 pm A fun, meaningful, and comical prayer service and Megillah reading
7:00 pm Hamantaschen ~  food and drink

(Sign up in advance, pay at the door.)
$5 per person with advanced RSVP/$7 per person without advanced RSVP
$20 family cap (available with advanced RSVP only)

Purim Carnival Hoopla
Sunday, March 4, 3 pm-5:45 pm
Free and open to the public.

Preschool only: 3 – 3:45 pm

The event of the year!

Cotton candy, carnival games, prizes, an indoor bounce house, and more at Temple Ohabei Shalom’s annual Purim Carnival, Sunday March 4th from 3 pm-5:45 pm. Special Preschool ONLY time from 3:00-3:45 pm. Admission is FREE and open to the community. Enter our silent auction to win prizes like a vacation in the Berkshires and a ride to school in a police car or buy one of our mystery gift card boxes! Feel free to bring a box of cereal or a can of tuna to be donated to JF & CS Family Table. Costumes are of course encouraged!

We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Email Fallon Rubin.

TCEE Purim Spirit Week
Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 2

At TCEE we will celebrate Purim all week!

Monday: PJ day! Roll out of bed and into TCEE for pajama day.
Tuesday: Silly hair day! Come to school wearing a funny hair do.
Wednesday: Backwards day!
Thursday: Silly hat day and Purim celebration.
Friday: 9 am, Family shabbat/Purim Sing Costume Day. Wear your favorite costume (no guns, swords, etc. please) March in our Purim Parade.

What else is happening:
Children will make hamantashen and create a mishloach manot* packages which the classes will exchange with each other.
Teachers will present the Megillah (Purim story) ~ as the teachers read the story, children are encouraged to make lots of noise with their groggers (special noisemakers).
On Friday we will hold a family Shabbat/Purim sing. The children are invited to come in costume for a parade!

*Mishloach manot is Hebrew for “sending of portions.” On Purim, it is customary to give small packages of food or gifts to friends.


More Purim resources here.