Purim, JRC Style


Purim, A Festival for Fun

Purim is the most lively holiday on the Jewish calendar, with traditions that include carnivals, parties, cookies, gifts, noisemakers and costumes.

At JRC, we're hardcore when it comes to Purim! Over 90 JRC members volunteer their time and creative skills to produce fun activities for kids, for grown-ups, and for the perennially immature (you know who you are). We encourage you to come to all of our Purim programs. There's things to do for the young and young at heart. 

hamantaschen.jpgHamantaschen Fest! 

Calling all bakers! This Purim baking extravaganza is for people of all ages who want to roll up their sleeves and make everyone's favorite hat-shaped cookie. The cookies will be served at the annual Oy Vey Cafe.

The Whole Megillah Reading and Oy Vey CafeThe Alte Rockers may not blow your mind, but they'll definitely blow an amp

5:00pm Things kick off with the Megillah reading where JRC members will take turns reading the story of Esther in Hebrew and in English. While you listen, say l'chaim with spirits served by members of JRC's Pub Night group. Groggers and other noisemakers will be provided so you can hate on Haman in style! JRC members who would like to read (in Hebrew or English) should contact Cantor Friedland at [email protected]. You can even show up and volunteer on the spot.

7:00pm: Enjoy the Oy Vey Cafe, an annual production of song parodies and spoofs performed by JRC's house band the Alte Rockers and the world-famous Purim Spielers. Nosh some hamantaschen (baked by JRC members in our very own kitchen), and get ready for songs, laughs, and oh-so-many puns. Costumes encouraged!

Feel free to come to one or both parts of the evening! 

Family Megillah Reading & Purim Carnival

Come one, come all to JRC's annual family Purim celebration! 

10:00am: Join us in the sanctuary for a Megillah reading and costume parade with music and dancing by our house klezmer band, Heavy Shtetl. Costumes are encouraged for kids and grown-ups alike! 

11:00am-1:00pm: It's time for fun in our festive carnival filled with games, crafts, and prizes. Try your luck to win a congregant's confectionary creation in the cakewalk, or get a bite to eat in the Purim cafe. 

Tickets: $5 per person ages 3 & older, $20 max per family.  Entrance fee includes access to all of the games/rooms. Entrance to the cake walk: $1; cupcake walk: 50 cents. Please note, this is a cash-only event. 

Lend a Hand! Lots of volunteers are needed to make the celebration a success. If you can be a carnival organizer, volunteer, or if you can bake for the cake walk, please email the coordinators at [email protected]

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