Purim Celebrations

On the roster of Jewish holy days, Passover, Hanukkah and the High Holidays get all the attention, but Purim is where the real kid fun is. Between the costume dress-up, fresh-baked hamentashen, and noise-making graggers, Purim more than earns its rep as “The Jewish Halloween.”

This year, Purim officially falls March 19-20, and there are plenty of Megillah readings and other Queen Esther celebrations throughout Baristaville. Did we miss any? Drop us a line and we’ll add it to the list!

Parent Place Purim Party
Who:
For parents and children 2-5 years
What: Bring your young child in costume to the Parent Place Purim Party in the Sharon and Stephen Seiden Early Childhood Center.
Where: Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 13 at 10 am.
Cost: Free. For more information: Katy Strulson at 973.530.3915.

Daughters of Israel Purim Carnival
Who:
All ages.
What: A Purim Carnival open to the entire community featuring live entertainment, carnival games, raffles, a costume contest and lots of prizes. Admission is free while tickets for games, raffles and food will be sold separately.
Where: Daughters of Israel, 1155 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 13 from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Cost: Free. For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the carnival, please contact Phyllis Blonder-Salz at 973.400.3310 or email here.

Purim Palooza
Who:
Kids ages 2 – 5.
What: Tumble, jump, and whirl your way into Purim. Gym time followed by activities and snacks. Come dressed to pay and bring your costume.
Where: My Gym, 286 Route 46, Parsippany, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 13 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm.
Cost: $5 per child. For more information: Jill Felton at 973.929.2926.

Purim Celebration
Who:
All ages.
What: Kids’ megillah reading, Special Purim Havdalah and evening service, Adults’ megillah reading and costume contest for all ages and Purimshpiel – “The Book of Esther: Uncensored,” under the direction of Rabbi Daniel Brenner, with a multigenerational cast of Purim characters – a back-to-the-basics, commedia dell’arte re-telling of the classic Purim tale. (Appropriate for ages 10 and up.), Light refreshments. Open to all.
Where: Bnai Keshet, 99 So. Fullerton Ave., Montclair NJ 07042.
When: Saturday, March 19 events starting at 6 pm.
Cost: Free.

Costume Parade and Megillah Reading
Who: All ages.
What: Fun Purim celebration!
Where: Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: Free.

Purimspiel
Who:
All ages.
What: Temple Ner Tamid presents A New Jersey Purimspiel: Pershey Boys! A New Jersey musical history lesson, from Sinantra to Bon Jovi, with stops along the way for Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Sondellis, and Bruce Springsteen. Starring Temple members of all ages, the Rabbi and Cantor as you’ve never seen them before, and kids acting out the Megillah!
Where: Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 pm.
Cost: Free.

Family Purim Party
Who:
All ages.
What: Enjoy a Purim play–”The Muppets Take Purim”, costume parade and songs, megillah reading.
Where: Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm.
Cost: Free.

Ma’ariv, Masks & Megillah
Who:
All ages.
What: Fun Purim celebration: wear masks, Megillah reading, play Megillah detective, enjoy Hammantaschen and more!
Where: Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, March 19 at 8 pm.
Cost: Free.

Purimshpiel and Extravaganza
Who:
All ages.
What: Megillah reading and Purim celebration. Wear a costume, bring a box of pasta to shake like a grogger then donate it to the food collection.
Where: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Purimshpiel on Sunday, March 20 at 9 am. / Purim Extravaganza on Sunday, March 20 at 10 am.
Cost: Free.

Purim Carnival
Who:
All ages.
What: Games, food, eco-friendly prizes and opportunities to do tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social justice). Open to all.
Where: Bnai Keshet, 99 So. Fullerton Ave., Montclair NJ 07042.
When: Sunday, March 20 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Cost: Free.

Purim Carnival
Who: All ages.
What: Fun Purim carnival with moonwalk, booths, prizes and so much more! Munchkin Megallah from 11am – 11:30 am.
Where: Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Sunday, March 20 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Cost: Free. Tickets will be sold for food and activities.

My Dad and Me Hamentashen Bake-off
Who:
Kids and their dads.
What: Bring your dad or any adult that you love to help you celebrate the holiday of Purim.  You will learn how to make Hamentashen and enjoy all of the treats that you make.
Where: Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 20 from 9:30 am – 11 am.
Cost: Free. For more information: Eliza Millman, 973.929.2922.

Purim Megillah Reading
Who: All ages.
What: Go in costume for a Purim celebration—bring noisemakers for the re-telling of the Purim story. Hamentashen & candy for all!
Where: Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 20 at 11 am.
Cost: Free. For more information: Rhonda Lillianthal at 973.530.3519.

Magic and Megillah
Who:
All ages.
What: Fun Purim celebration: storytelling and magician.
Where: Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 20 at 11 am.
Cost: Free.

Purim Carnival
Who:
All ages.
What: Wear a costume and enjoy a Purim carnival!
Where: Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 20 from 12 pm – 2 pm.
Cost: Free.

Hamantaschen Hip Hop with the Mama Doni Band
Who:
All ages.
What: Montclair’s Mama Doni and her band will put on a funky Purim concert featuring a costume parade and songs such as “The Kooky Cookie, “Costume Conundrum,” and “Hey, Man! You’re Acting Like Haman!” Before the show, families are invited to decorate groggers and make crowns to enjoy for the concert.
Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, at 1st Place, NYC.
When:Sunday, March 20. 1:30 – 3:30pm – Craft activities – Free with concert ticket. Concert at 3:30 pm.
Cost: $10, $7 children 10 and under; Museum members: $7, $5 children 10 and under. Purchase tickets here.

Celebrate Purim With Chabad-Lubavitch of Essex County
Who: All ages.
What: Celebration of music, Megillah reading, and buffet dinner. Comedy show for adults at 6 pm with beer and wine. Magic show for kids at 5:45 pm.
Where: Congregation Ohr Torah, 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, March 20 starting at 5 pm.
Cost: $20 adults / $5 child under bar/bat mitzvah

(Photo: Flickr/Russ Family)

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1 COMMENT

  1. What a great roundup! Be sure to go see TNT’s Purimspiel, with Mista Barista starring as Mordechai!

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