Purim begins this year on Monday night, March 9, and continues on Tuesday, March 10. The following synagogues and organizations will hold celebrations open to the community:
Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains — A Purim carnival will be held on Sunday, March 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Free pizza, hamantaschen, cookies, and popcorn will be served.
Families with children in second grade and below may attend the carnival from 9 until 10; those with children in third grade and older are invited, 10:30 a.m.-noon. From 10-10:30, a Purim shpiel (play) will be performed for both age groups.
Children with sensory issues and their parents may attend the carnival from 10-10:30 a.m., when the carnival area will be quieter.
A service with a Megillah reading will be held on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. for children and at 7:30 for adults.
Contact email@example.com or 908-889-1830.
B’nai Shalom, West Orange — A Young Family Purim Holiday Workshop will be held Sunday, March 8, at 11 a.m.
Purim night Megillah readings (full and family) will be held Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Hamantaschen will be served.
A Purim Meal and Spiel will be held Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. The festive dairy meal will be followed by a performance of “A Shushan State of Mind,” the Purim story presented through the songs of Billy Joel. Cost is $10, $18 at the door; register for the meal at clc.bnaishalom.net.
Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway — A Megillah reading and animated Purim video will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, March 9, followed by a celebration including live music and hamantaschen.
A Grand Family “Purim In England” celebration with a full-course feast will take place at the White Meadow Lake Country Club, Rockaway, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, following a Megillah reading at 5.
Chabad of SE Morris County — A Grand Purim Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover. It will include a Megillah reading, deluxe buffet dinner, music, and entertainment.
Chabad of West Orange — A Megillah reading on Tuesday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a community Purim seudah featuring Jewish rap artist Jesse Marcus and the story of Reuven Hererra — who ventured from the Peruvian Amazon to the Australian outback to discovering Judaism.
Cost is $25 adult, $15 child. RSVP to 973-325-6311 or go to chabadwestorange.com/purim.
Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit — “5 Senses of Judaism,” a free Purim-themed program for ages five and under, will be held Saturday, March 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Register at bethhatikvah.org/events.
An “Annie”-themed Purim Shpiel will be held March 14 at 7 p.m.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-277-0200.
Maayan, West Orange — The inclusive Orthodox congregation will hold Maariv at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, followed by a Megillah reading led by men and women. Visit maayan-nj.org or contact email@example.com.
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange — A Purim Extravaganza will be held Sunday, March 8, 10-11:30 a.m.; children with sensory sensitivities may attend a pre-Extravaganza event from 9:30 to 10. The cost is $10 per child; proceeds will support youth programming. RSVP for the pre-Extravaganza only to Tracy Horwitz at tsti.org/contact/tracy-horwitz.
Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston — A Purim carnival will be held Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Snacks, pizza, and sundaes will be served. Cost is $20. Contact 973-992-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or register at tbsnjpta.com.
“TBS Purim: Out of the Park” will be held Monday, March 9, at 6:15 p.m., featuring an evening service and Megillah reading; singing, races, and entertainment between chapters; and free ballpark-style refreshments (hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels). Contact 973-992-3600 or email@example.com.
Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston — A Purim carnival will be held Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.-noon (special carnival preview for ages 5 and under, 9:30-10). The cost per child is $10 in advance, $15 at the door (free for adults and children under 1). Register at tbanj.org/form-page-purim-carnival or call 973-994-3950.
Erev Purim services with a Megillah reading will be held on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Call 973-994-2290.
Union County Torah Center, Westfield — A pre-Purim hamantaschen bake will be held Sunday, March 8, at 11 a.m. Cost is $5/child; RSVP at torahcenterchabad.org or call 908-789-5252.
A Megillah reading followed by hamantaschen and a l’chaim will be held on Monday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.
A Megillah reading will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 8:45 a.m.
A family Purim Celebration will be held on March 10, 5-6 p.m., featuring a pizza dinner, masquerade contest, and a magic show with Magic Mordechai and balloon twisting. A multimedia Megillah reading will follow at 6. The fee is $10/family.
At 7 p.m. a Purim dinner will be followed by a comedy show with Mark (Mordechai) Brier. Cost is $25 adult, $15 child. RSVP by March 18.
YM-YWHA of Union County, Union — A Megillah reading and free puppet show will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. A seudah buffet with entertainment by Tuvia will follow (cost is $9, $6 Y members). RSVP for the seudah to 908-289-8112.