Purim 2016

Purim starts Wednesday night, March 23 and goes through Thursday night, March 24. Not sure how you want to celebrate, or curious about how the rest of Center City is enjoying the holiday? Read on, and be happy! It’s Adar!

Sunday 3/13: A Paranormal Purim
2:00-3:00 pm, The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
Get a head start on Purim with this extraordinary performance for kids and adults filled with mirth, magic, and meshuganahs! Inspired by Purim and starring Fred’s Magic World (creators of the acclaimed “Winter Wonders”), this family friendly show features daring escapes, psychic sisters, baffling memory mastery, stunning sleight of hand, comedy improv, and more!

Friday 3/18: Intergenerational Purim Program with Klein Life: Center City and B’nai Abraham Preschoolers
10:30 am, Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street
Get ready for Purim as we enjoy a visit from youngsters of the B’nai Abraham Preschool. Come in costume, sing with us, and stay for a kosher lunch at 11:30. (Please reserve ahead for lunch by calling 215-832-0539.)

Friday 3/18: Celebrations! Purim Carnival and Dinner
5:00 pm, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
Purim carnival for families with your special child (siblings welcome!) for an evening dinner, and fun activities!

Saturday 3/19: Family Purim at Kol Tzedek
4:15-6:00 pm, Calvery Center for Community, 815 South 48th Street
Bring a noisy non-perishable box of food for your grogger! Pizza $2/slice.
Mi Zeh Ba? Who is that coming? Rock-n-Roll Ahashverosh? Blues-Man Haman? Bassa Nova Esther? Come laugh, sing, dance, and enjoy our fabulous, fun for all ages Purim spiel (play) and celebration!
Enjoy our creative retelling of the story of Purim, written by our very own Jessi Roemer and performed by the community, with plenty of audience participation! Please bring a noisy non-perishable box of food to use as a grogger & donation to those in need and some fresh or bought hamentashen to share. Children & adults alike are invited to get into the holiday spirit and dress in costume! There will be even be some prizes for those most creative in our community!

Saturday 3/19: Adult Purim at Kol Tzedek
Calvery Center for Community, 815 South 48th Street
6:00 PM Havdalah followed by Pizza Party
6:00-7:15 PM Don’t feel like Pizza? Meet KTers for Happy Hour!
Dahlak Paradise, 4708 Baltimore Ave
7:30 PM #PurimFeed2016: A PG-13 Spiel for Adults
Ahashverosh is on Tinder, and Esther is blowing up Facebook. Join us for skits, Megillah readings in multiple languages, hamantaschen, drinks, and music provided by the KT Simcha Band!

Saturday 3/19: Adult Purim Party at Congregation Rodeph Shalom
7:00-9:30 pm, 615 N. Broad Street
Sponsored by Men of RS and organized by our Connection and affinity groups. All are invited!
4pm Help us set-up – be a general helper assisting with Food, Decor, Entertainment
7pm Let the party begin! Helpers needed throughout the night.
10pm Breakdown! In about 30 minutes, we take everything down and make the room ready for the children’s Purim celebration the next morning. It’s easy, fun and builds community.
Last year’s evening was filled with entertainment, food and fun! From costumed attendees to face painting and more, it brought our connection groups and community together to celebrate Purim on a new level. To volunteer, contact Catherine Fischer at cfischer@rodephshalom.org.

Saturday 3/19: Young Friends of NMAJH Masquerade Ball in Celebration of Purim
9:00 pm-midnight, National Museum of American Jewish History at 5th and Market
The Young Friends invite you for a night of revelry in celebration of Purim. Cocktail Attire & Your Most Beautiful Mask! Beer, Wine, Signature Tito’s Cocktail. DJ Serop. Poseybooth Photo Booth.

Sunday 3/20: Society  Hill Synagogue Purim Carnival
418 Spruce Street
Join the SHS Playschool for one of the most exciting family events of the year! Games of skill and chance with tons of prizes, face-painting, food, music, and more! Come in costume, bring your friends, and join the fun!

Sunday 3/20: Annual Purim Carnival & Children’s Celebration
9:30 am-12:00 pm, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
Join Mishkan Shalom and Or Hadash for a Purim Carnival & Children’s Celebration – Come in Costume! Enjoy games, prizes, food, and fun!

Sunday 3/20: Purim Carnival at Germantown Jewish Centre
11:00 am-1:00 pm, 400 West Ellet Street
Fun for children of all ages – Moonbounce, clown, games, food, and fun! Entry is free. Pay per game. All are welcome.

Sunday 3/20: Purim Celebration with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
2:00-4:00 pm, William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St.
Hear the megillah, participate or watch our always-hilarious Purimshpiel, nosh and schmooze

Wednesday 3/23: Purim Celebration at Society Hill Synagogue
418 Spruce Street
5 PM Mini Megillah for Young Families
6 PM Ann Spak Thal Hebrew School Cantata
6:45 PM Scotch Tasting with Rabbi Winokur
7:15 PM Megillah Reading

Wednesday 3/23: GJC Celebrates Purim!
400 West Ellet Street
6:30 pm – Family-friendly program with creative Megilat Esther reading, Purim spiels, costume parade, hamentaschen. Come in costume!
7:30 pm – (For adults) Megillah reading, Purim skits, humor, and celebration with Minyan Masorti (traditional egalitarian) & Minyan Dorshei Derekh (Reconstructionist).
Thursday at 7:00 am will also be a full megillah reading during morning minyan.

Wednesday 3/23: BZBI Purim Party
7:45-11:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 18th and Spruce
Have a ball at BZBI for Purim 2016! Join our adult community for a traditional megillah reading, followed by a dance party with light hors d’oeurves and adult beverages. #thewholemegillah. The party will be DJ’ed by our own DJ Aluminum (aka Rabbi Abe).

Wednesday 3/23: Purim at Mekor Habracha
2000 Chestnut Street (entrance on 20th)
Mekor Habracha will be hosting another fun-filled Purim program this year. On Wednesday night, March 23, Mincha/Ma’ariv (evening) services will begin at 6:45 PM, Megilla reading at 7:30 PM, followed by costume party, pizza, and performance by our amazing shul band, Moments of Wrong! Suggested donation $5 pp.

Wednesday 3/23: Monte Carlo Masquerade
8:00 pm-midnight, The Chevra – 2007 Ranstead
Purim Masquerade, Monte Carlo Casino & Live Music with Jewish Graduate Student Network, The Chevra, The Collaborative, FIDF, Moishe House, & Repair The World.

Thursday 3/24: Purim Party
12:00-1:30 pm, 2 Penn center 1500 JFK Blvd 3rd floor conference room
Great party, great friends, great food, megillah reading at 12:00 and 1:00 pm. Sponsored by Chabad of Center City. 

Thursday 3/24: The Whole Megillah and More…
5:00-7:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel at 18th and Spruce
A fun-filled, family friendly Purim celebration – Seudah (holiday meal), Shpiel (Purim Play) and Megillah! Throughout the evening our teens will judge contests and raffle off babysitting.

Thursday 3/24: Historic Congregation B’nai Abraham’s Grand Purim Party!
527 Lombard Street
5:00 pm | Megillah Reading for Adults and Amazing Hat Man Show for Kids
5:30 pm | Dinner and Entertainment
Enjoy a Purim Feast featuring Live Music, Western American Cuisine, Scrumptious Salads, Fine Wine, Drinks & Merriment. RSVP here. 

Thursday 3/31: Cocktails with a Conscience
6:00-8:00 pm, Repair the World Workshop 4029 Market Street
Join Repair the World for cocktails and conversations about gender, Purim, and Pesach. There will be snacks and activities!

Saturday 4/2: Purim Party and Silent Auction with Jewish Children’s Folkshul and Adult Community
6:30-10:30 pm, 500 W. Willow Grove Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia PA
Come (Purim) party with the adults of the Jewish Children’s Folkshul and Adult Community at this important fundraising event! Dance to the music of the Stone Age Band and bid on amazing auction items. Any questions? Contact folkshul@folkshul.org.