Purim 2020

Celebrate Purim across the city! Purim is Monday, March 9 at sundown until Tuesday, March 10 at sundown. Chag Purim sameach!!

Saturday, February 29

Hiddenstar Esther Episode XXII
8:00-11:00 pm, South Philadelphia Shtiebel, 1733 E Passyunk Avenue
South Philadelphia Shtiebel presents a public spoken word reading of HIDDENSTARאסתרESTHER episode XXII: The Book of Esther in English Translation by Moriah Levin. Doors open at 8:00 PM for drinks and snacks; reading begins at 8:30 PM.  All proceeds from admission will help pay for the South Philadelphia Shtiebel’s Purim Seudah.

Sunday, March 1

Drag Queen Story Time & Purim Activities
10:00 am, Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Join for dress up, a special Purim-themed craft, and stories. Jennifer James, Director of Youth Education, will share a brief lesson about the Purim story. $5 suggested donation. Sponsored by pRiSm.

Folkshul Celebration
10:00 am, 8000 Cherokee Street, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Costume parade and carnival. $10 per family. Larger donations are appreciated! Included in admission are games, prizes and food.

Thursday, March 5

Thinking Outside the Triangle
6:30 pm, Event location shared upon registration
Learn to make the tri-corner cookie we all know and love! Hear all about Hadassah and take home your delicious creations! Join Neshama Hadassah and Aish Chaim for a night of Hamantaschen Baking! Aish Chaim’s Gevura Davis will teach you everything you “knead” to know! Ticket price includes: Cookie Assembly/Instruction & Light Dinner! If you have any allergies (for dinner or Hamantaschen dough) please e-mail: neshamaphilly@gmail.com

Friday, March 6

Purim Celebration with KleinLife Center City for active adults (60+)
2100 Arch Street
9:30 am – Informal Yiddish class
10:30 – Special pre-Purim service together with our young friends from the Pre-K class at BZBI
11:30 -Hot kosher lunch
12:15 – The Bob Butryn Klezmer Trio entertains
Kindly RSVP to lellis@kleinlife.org or call 215-832-0539

Saturday, March 7

March Madness Maccababes: A Purim-Inspired Comedy Show with Tribe 12
7:00 pm, Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street
It’s March Madness time AND the Jewish celebration of Purim! Join the Maccababes, an all-Jewish improv team, for a night of laughs and a vague explanation of Purim! Wear a costume, bring some hamentashen, and celebrate with us!

Sunday, March 8

Germantown Jewish Centre Celebration
9:30 am, Pop Palooza, 11:00, Carnival, 400 W. Ellet Street
Pop Palooza: Sing-a-long and join the song – Purim is getting MUSICAL! Esther is the new queen of Shushan, but Prime Minister Haman is plotting against the Jews and Esther is hiding a secret that might cost her her life. What will happen when the King discovers Esther’s secret? Will the King help Esther protect her people, or will evil Prime Minister Haman prevail?
Carnival: Fun for children of all ages – bring your friends! Pizza, sandwiches, lots and lots and LOTS of hamantaschen (thank you to Women of GJC for sponsoring our hamenNOSHen!), Moonbounce, Mini Golf, Super-Hoops, games, prizes, food & more! ALL ARE WELCOME! Entry to the Carnival is free – pay per game!

Family Purim Sing-Along and Costume Contest
10:00 am, South Philadelphia Shtiebel, 1733 E Passyunk Avenue
Get ready to sing Purim songs, hear the Purim story, and enjoy delicious treats. Come dressed up in costume. Fun for kids 0-5 and their favorite grownups.

Purim Carnival
10:00 am-12:00 pm, Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street
Perfect for families and fun for everyone, our Purim Carnival features 24 game booths, great prizes, and delicious food, including hamataschen, pizza, and fresh fruit and veggies! Thanks to wonderful volunteers including Playschool and Hebrew School teachers, parents from both schools, older Hebrew School students, and congregants across generations, this joyous celebration continues to be one of our synagogue’s signature family events.

Purim at Nest
10:30 am-12:00 pm, 1301 Locust Street
Join other jkidphilly families, Camp Gan Israel and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for a fun Purim-themed morning at Nest! Kids are encouraged to come in costumes. We will decorate Purim character puppets, put together Mishloach Manot goodie bags and play at NEST open gym (upstairs level). We will also come together to read a short kid friendly version of the megillah and a PJ Library story.

Early Childhood Purim Carnival
10:30 am-12:30 pm, BZBI, 300 S. 18th Street
There’ll be games with prizes, raffles galore, moon bounce and crafts and so much more… Face Painting and a Photo Booth are some of what’s neat; cotton candy and popcorn are treats to eat! So join us in costume, come one come all, there are other surprises, we’ll have a ball! Tickets are $40 dollars per family in advance and $45 at the door.

ComedySportz with Makom Community
Doors open at 1:30 pm, show starts at 2 pm, 2030 Sansom Street
Bring your whole family to this pre-Purim fundraising event of joy and goofiness! Join us on Sunday March 8 for a private, laughter-filled show at ComedySportz. ComedySportz is fast, smart, and funny competitive improvisation. Two ComedySportz teams will play a series of improv games as they battle for the laughs of loyal fans (Makom Community families and supporters). The audience is always part of the show because it’s interactive! Our special show will include extra silliness with Purim themes and games. Light refreshments will follow the program.

Monday, March 9

Purim at Rodeph Shalom
5:00 -9:00 pm, 615 N. Broad Street
Dress in your favorite Sir Elton John “look” or dress as your favorite character from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in anticipation of our March 18 program, “Getting to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A Walk Through Jewish Television.”
For Children (0-5 years)
5:00pm: Families with Young Children & Buerger Early Learning Center Purim; RSVP to Andi Miller.
Come in costume and enjoy pizza, hamantaschen, and entertainment. The celebration will conclude with a costume parade.
For All Children & Adults
6:15pm: Megillah Reading
For Adults
7:00pm: Purim Spiel: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It a Spiel” to the music of Sir Elton John
7:30pm: Purim Party; following the spiel, enjoy pizza, potluck, and beer brewed by BrewRS.

Family Friendly Megillah Reading at Kol Tzedek
5:30-8:00 pm, Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S 48th St
We are the people of the book! Come celebrate Purim dressed as your favorite literary character. We will read the Whole Megillah, and then some (mostly in Hebrew, with a little Klingon!). Think Dickens, Harry Potter, Goodnight Moon, Hunger Games, Magic Tree House, etc. Join us for a festive Purim evening for all ages. Graggers will be provided. BYOB.
5:30pm: Light Dinner
6:00pm: Costume Parade and Ma’ariv
6:30pm: Hebrew Megillah Reading

Purim with Minyan Tikvah
6:30 pm, 2013 Sansom Street
We’ll be having a catered kosher dinner from Goldie. Adults and kids are welcome, and costumes are highly encouraged. We will have a few bottles of wine, please do not bring your own food or beverages.

Purim at BZBI
300 S. 18th Street
Family Dinner: 6:00 PM
Purim Spiel: 7:00 PM
Maariv Minyan: 7:15 PM
Megillah Reading and Costume Contest: 7:30 PM

Mikveh Israel Purim Celebration
44 N. 4th St.
Food, raffles, games, and prizes. Come dressed in masks and costumes and ready to celebrate!

Germantown Jewish Centre Megillah Reading
7:00 pm, 400 W. Ellet Street
Prayers will be said. The Megillah will be read. Song will be sung. Bells will be rung. There will be laughter and tears and a whole lotta “Electricity” going down with King, Esther, Vashti, and everyone’s favorite villain… Come in costume for nosh, drinks, dessert, purimspiels, and a chance to win a Purim prize in the categories of Silliest, Sweetest, Most Daring, Most Cliche, Most Surprising, Evilest, Most Nostalgic, Most Regal, Most Divine, and in honor of Elton John, Most Glam!

Mekor Purim Party with Moments of Wrong
7:15 pm, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 206
Mekor Habracha will host another fun-filled Purim program this year. On Monday night, March 9, Ma’ariv (evening) services will begin at 7:15 PM, Megillah reading at 7:25 PM, followed by our costume party with pizza, hamantaschen, and performance by our amazing shul band, Moments of Wrong! Suggested donation $5 pp.

Late Night Megillah Reading
10:00 pm, South Philadelphia Shtiebel, 1733 E Passyunk Avenue
Men and women readers, all welcome

Purim Monte Carlo Masquerade
8:00-11:30 pm, City Winery, 990 Filbert Street
Epic Bash, Concert & Monte Carlo Casino
Monte Carlo Casino, Casino Prize Packages, Black Tie Optional (Tuxedos & Gowns) w/ Masks or Costumes, Optional Megillah Reading

Tuesday, March 10

Women’s Tefilah and Megillah Reading (Women* Only)
South Philadelphia Shtiebel, 1733 E Passyunk Avenue
Shacharit 7:15 am and Megillah at 7:45 am

BZBI Egalitarian Megillah reading
300 S. 18th Street
Minyan 7:30 am, Megillah reading 8:15 am

Purim Seudah
4:15-9:15 pm, South Philadelphia Shtiebel, 1733 E Passyunk Avenue
Ruach – spirit – and merriment will be abundant; we only ask you bring a D’var Torah! (even a super short one!) Extra spirits/seltzer/wine (mevushal) always appreciated! 4:15 PM Speed Megillah Reading with Chaim Fruchter. 4:45 PM Seudah

Cirque du Purim
5:00 pm, B’nai Abraham Chabad, 527 Lombard Street
Purim at the Circus! Register now for this year’s Community Purim Celebration! Join us for a delicious dinner, Megillah reading, music, dancing, a hula hooper,  juggling, face painting, and more. Wear your most festive circus costume!

Thursday, March 12

Purim: Party Like a Queen
with Tribe 12, Repair The World: Philadelphia, Jewish Graduate Student Network
6:00-10:00 pm, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the protection of Jewish peoples from a threatened massacre during the Persian period. Now, Purim is considered by some to be feminist holiday, due to the ancient queens that played major roles within the historic events. Join the Penn Museum as we celebrate this festive occasion with a queer twist! Guests will enjoy special highlight tours of the galleries, crafts, music, and end the night with a bang: a costume contest!

Saturday, March 14

Kol Tzedek presents: Purim in the Sinkhole
Underground Arts, 1500 Callowhill St
8:00 doors open, 8:30 Shpil, 9:00 pm dancing with KT Simcha Band
This is KT’s grown-up Purim party. Minimum age for admission is bnei mitzvah; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
A giant sinkhole opened up in Philadelphia, and our rabbi fell in! After falling for a long time, he lands in a floating cabaret called “The Hole”! In the Hole, emcee Vashti welcomes magical misfits arriving from all directions and times to tell their stories, regenerate, rejuvenate, and gather strength to continue on through the portal of history. The sinkhole is a safezone, unsanitized and ripe for fermentation of all that needs to emerge, come out, bubble up, and break through.

Sunday, March 15

Leyv Ha-Ir Purim Celebration
2:00-4:00 pm, Penn Center House Leisure Lounge, 1900 JFK Blvd., 2nd floor
Come in costume or borrow one of ours, hear the megillah, laugh at (or be a part of) our Purimshpiel, nosh and schmooze! Rabbi Dayle Friedman will lead us. Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share. Hamantashen and alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks are always welcome. Event is free.