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IMG 6488Rabbi Alan Freedman, Rabbi Amy B. Cohen, and Cantor Abby Gostein at one of our Purim celebrations

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Let’s Make Some Noise! It’s Temple Beth Shalom's Congregational Purim Celebration!

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time: 5:30 p.m. Pasta dinner (free, but must RSVP) and potluck desserts (hamentaschen welcome for our contest)

6:15 p.m. Wacky, grogger-filled service and Purim Shpiel!

7:00 p.m. Adult activities: Megillah reading and Hamen's Watering Hole

Get ready to cut loose for the wildest Jewish holiday of the year—Purim! Ditch the kitchen and bring the whole family for free pasta (gluten-free available with RSVP), potluck desserts (hamentaschen welcome!), and fun at Temple Beth Shalom.

After dinner, it’s time for the wacky, grogger-filled service and Purim Shpiel. (Hey, want to be an actor? All ages welcome and no experience needed. Contact Marissa Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The evening wraps up with adult activities including Hamen's Watering Hole, sponsored by Brotherhood, and a fun Megillah reading followed by a study with the rabbis discussing the story of Esther and how it fits our cultural conversation today. Don’t miss the fun—noise makers provided! 

RSVP for pasta dinner and potluck dessert


What is Purim?

Purim is celebrated with a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (Megillah Esther), which tells the story of the holiday. 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.

Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Chanukah, traditionally is viewed as a minor festival, but elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. Over the centuries, Haman became the embodiment of every anti-Semite in every land where Jews were oppressed. The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival against all odds.