It’s almost time for Purim, one of the most festive Jewish holidays of the year! The celebrations begin Wednesday, Feb. 28, and end at sundown on Thursday, March 1 (14th of Adar). Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy them. Dress up as your favorite character from the biblical drama, munch on some hamentashen, and most importantly, attend the following events at your local synagogues and organizations! (List provided by njewishnews.com)
Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston — Purim services and a megillah reading will be held on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Call 973-994-2290.
A Purim carnival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include hamantaschen baking, games, and inflatables. The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door (free for adults and children under 2). RSVP to 973-994-3950 or email@example.com or go to tbanj.org.
B’nai Shalom, West Orange —
A Purim seudah and Vashti’s Variety Show will be held on Thursday, March 1, at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for the meal, $40 maximum/family. Register by Feb. 25 at bnaishalom.net/events.php# (scroll to “Purim Seudah”) or call 973-731-0160,
Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway— A megillah reading, accompanied by an animated Purim video, will be held on Feb. 28 at 6:15 p.m., followed by a Purim celebration.
On March 1, a Grand Family “Purim at the Stadium” celebration will be held at White Meadow Lake Country Club, 100 White Meadow Road, at 5 p.m., preceded by a megillah reading at 4:15. The celebration will include a full-course feast, live band playing Jewish and Israeli music, “halftime show,” and full children’s program; each child in costume will receive a prize. RSVP to 973-625-1525, ext. 202, or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to OneTorahWay.org/purim.
Chabad of SE Morris County, Madison — A Grand Purim Party will be held at 5 p.m. on March 1 at The Madison Hotel, Morristown, featuring a 5 p.m. reading of the megillah and multi-media show, a deluxe buffet dinner, music, a magic show with balloon art, and a parade and prizes for children. Advance online registration at chabadcares.com is $25 adults, $15 for children; $30 at the door; free for college students. Contact 973-377-0707 or email@example.com.
Chabad of West Orange — A community Purim Feast will be held on March 1 at 5 p.m. Cost is $25 adult, $12 children in advance; $30/$15 at the door; free for under 3. Go to chabadwestorange.com/rsvp or call 973-325-6311.
Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael — A Purimshpiel will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., followed by lunch, hamantaschen baking, a mitzvah tent, and photo booth. Call 973-538-9292.
Mount Freedom Jewish Center, Randolph — A free Purim carnival will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Contact David at 973-895-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Purim Rocks,” a Purim Gala honoring Dr. Larry Weinstein and Audrey Silverberg, will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. RSVP to David at 973-895-4036 or email@example.com.
Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn — A Family Purim MegillahStory Telling, carnival and costume parade, and dinner will be held on March 1 at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $5 per child, $10/family for carnival entrance.
Dinner is for sale and includes pizza, ice cream, cotton candy, and hamantaschen. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-379-1134.
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange — An adults-only Purim party will be held on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Woodland, Maplewood, featuring a Purimshpiel with the theme, “She Will Rock You.” Snacks and drinks will be served. The cost is $18, $9 for TSTI members. Advance registration is required; visit tsti.org/calendar/adults-only-purim-party-the-woodland.
Temple Sholom of West Essex, Cedar Grove — An “Around the World”-themed Purim carnival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. following a 10:30 a.m. megillah reading. Tickets are $15 and include a DJ dance party, food, and drink. Contact Samatar@aol.com or go to sholom.net.
YM-YWHA of Union County, Union — A megillah reading will be held on March 1 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a seudah with entertainment by Tuvia and children’s puppet show. Cost is $8/$5 Y members, with special family prices. RSVP to 908-289-8112.