Temple Ner Tamid puts on Purimspiel 2013
Purim begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 4 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 5 this year. It’s a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Baristanet writer Brian Glaser says the Jewish holiday is a fun and joyous celebration. “Between the costume dress-up, fresh-baked Hamentashen, and noise-making groggers, Purim more than earns its rep as “The Jewish Halloween.”
Here are some local Purim celebrations where there will be noisemakers, carnivals, costumes, treats and partying aplenty!:
Chabad of Montclair will throw a ’60s style Purim party on Thursday, March 5 beginning at 5 pm! Enjoy a groovy buffet dinner, Megilah reading, a drum circle, magic show, Hamentashen and a wine bar, and more! The Purim party takes place at The Suite Spot at 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Tickets are $10 per person / $36 per family. For more information or tickets, call 862.252.5666 or visit online here
Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove throws a super fun Purim Carnval on Sunday, March 1 beginning at 11 am. There ill be amagician, photo booth, ganes, crafts, food, and more. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. On the Friday before Purim, they have a Megillah reading at the Shabbat evening service, featuring several members of the Temple reading the story with great enthusiasm. Call 973.239.1321 or visit online for more information.
Temple Ner Tamid, known for its elaborate Purimspiels will present “Megillagan’s Island: A Desert Island Purimspiel” for this year’s Purim celebration on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 pm. “What happens when the Purimspiel cast become castaways on a desert island? Will they be so upset at being shipwrecked that they forget about the holiday? Or will they be true to their shul and get inspired to write the best darned tropical-island-themed Purim Play ever? And then, how will they get off the island? Be there Saturday night, March 7, to find out! Families will enjoy the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 8. Call 973.338.1500 or visit online for more information.
Celebrate Purim with the Shomrei Emunah Community in Montclair. Enjoy games, treats, a costume parade and much more. The Purim Carnival takes place on Sunday, March 1. On Wednesday March 4, beginning at 5 pm, celebrate Purim with grogger and mask making, a dinner, Megilah reading, a costume parade, a Maariv service, and a Purim Shpiel. For more information call 973-746-5031 or visit online here.
Bnai Keshet in Montclair throws its carnival on Sunday, March 1 at 11 am with hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, a Bounce House/Ball Pit, obstacle course, spin art, face painting, games, and more! It then throws a Rock n’ Roll Purim Schpiel on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15 pm. There will be dinner (Vegetarian Tacos & Burritos), a Family Friendly Megilla & Schpiel, and dessert. For more information call 973.746.4889 or visit online here.
Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston will hold services on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 pm, which includes the traditional reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther). Also in celebration of Purim, the Jewish Learning Program of Temple B’nai Abraham will hold their annual Purim Carnival on Thursday, March 5, from 4 – 6 pm at the temple. The entrance fee is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Games and inflatables will be provided by Bounce On In Events. There will be face painting , snacks for purchase and much more. Dressing in costume is encouraged. Open to the community, but children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call 973.994.3950. For information, visit online here.