Purim Purim Purim!!

The Center City Kehillah wants to be sure you know where to hear megillah, find a seudah (festive meal), and (or?) dance the night away. We know lots of our organizations had amazing parties, carnivals, and more this past weekend, too, but below we’re sharing the weekday options for the next few days. Have a very happy Purim!!

Wednesday, March 20

Purim at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street

5:00pm: Families with Young Children & Buerger Early Learning Center Purim Party
6:00pm: Children’s Costume Parade
6:30pm: Megillah Reading (for children & adults)
7:00pm: Purim Spiel: Shushan Rhapsody (recommended for 13 and up)
7:30pm: Adult Purim Party (potluck & pizza); Sign up here to bring a potluck item.
During the Purim celebration, help assemble Purim gift baskets for delivery to congregants who cannot get to Rodeph Shalom easily.

Society Hill Synagogue Purim Celebration, 418 Spruce Street

5:45 pm–Scotch Tasting and Snacks in Social Hall
6:30 pm–Blended Megillah Reading and Cantata
Join us in the Social Hall for a Scotch Tasting for the adults and snacks for the kids, followed by the Megillah reading and Purim Cantata skits in the Sanctuary. We expect the family festivities to conclude by 7:45 PM.

Grown-Up Game Night with Mordechai & Esther, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street

7:45 PM-10:00 PM. Requested donation of $10 to cover snacks. The Megillah reading begins at 7:45 PM. Our Megillah reading starts a bit later this year because of Daylight Savings Time, and it’s your chance to spend the evening with friends at BZBI. After the Megillah reading, join us upstairs for Grown-Up Game Night. BYO Bottles & Board Games, kosher wine only, please! You’ll get first crack at the hamantaschen and party snacks, we just ask for a suggested donation of $10 to cover light refreshments.

Mekor Habracha Purim Party, 1500 Walnut Street, suite 206 (entrance on 15th St)

Mekor Habracha will host another fun-filled Purim program this year! On Wednesday night, March 20, Ma’ariv (evening) services will begin at 7:15 PM; Megillah reading & women’s Megillah reading at 7:30 PM, followed by our costume party, pizza, hamantaschen and performance by our amazing shul band, Moments of Wrong!  Suggested donation $5 pp. For more information please email mekorhabracha@gmail.com

Mikveh Israel Celebration, 44 N. 4th Street

The fun starts at 5:30 with Minha, followed by a puppet show, megillah reading & Arbit, then our annual party!!
$12 per person for the party, $36 for a family.

Monte Carlo Masquerade at NMAJH, 101 S. Independence Mall East

For 20’s & 30’s (21+), Professionals & Grad Students, Singles & Couples
Co- Sponsored by: The Chevra, CORE IAC, Grad Network, NMAJH, & Tribe 12
Fourth Annual Premier Purim Masquerade Epic Bash, Concert & Monte Carlo Casino
Live Music Featuring The Underground Sensation: Lost & Found W/ The Chevra’s Rock House Band, Aryeh Shalom, J-Baum, & The Mystic Mayhem
*Open Bar & Cocktails, Monte Carlo Casino (Blackjack, Roulette, Craps & Poker), all proceeds to support Chevra educational engagement, Casino Prize Packages, Black Tie Optional (Tuxedos & Gowns) W/Masquerade Masks Or Costumes, Optional Megillah Readings, Bring a noisy boxed food for your grogger and Repair The World will donate them to a local food pantry
$10 Prepaid :: $20 door

Thursday, March 21

Minyan Tikvah Purim Celebration135 N 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join us for a rousing Tikvah Purim! We will be back at New Harmony on the Thursday of Purim for Kosher Chinese food and Karaoke. We will begin Megilla promptly at 5:30 pm, please come before that if you are able. Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious dinner, with ~~karaoke~~ available for those who want to sing! Adults and kids are welcome, and costumes are highly encouraged. We have the room til 10:30 pm if people would like to stay and rejoice. Cost of dinner is $15/person in advance or $20 at the door, Megillah reading is free.

Bonus Megillah Reading and Community Celebration, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street

5:00 PM family seudah, 6:00 PM megillah reading. More festivities to follow. $10 per person, $20 per family.
5779 has an extra Adar, so why not two Purim celebrations? Families are invited to a Purim seudah, the traditional feast, followed by a community megillah reading for all. Make sure to come in your best costume–we’ll be judging them in our annual contest (details below)! Stick around after the megillah reading for more celebration. This year, you can get your partying in and still make bed time!

Purim in the SixtiesB’nai Abraham Chabad, 527 Lombard Street

5:00 pm – Experience the Spirit of the Sixties! Adult: $30, Children 2-12: $12, Family Max: $75
Dress in your groovy 60’s outfit or a costume of your choice. There will be a full buffet dinner of 60’s style food, live music, and a children’s magic show.

Purim Services at Mekor Habracha, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 206

Morning services and Megillah reading will take place at Mekor on Thursday morning at 6:45 AM and approximately 7:15 AM respectively.  A second Megillah reading will begin at 6:15 PM

please email mekorhabracha@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.  Mincha/ma’ariv will begin at 7:00 PM; please email mekorhabracha@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

Friday, March 22

The Whole Me(gay)llah: Purim Drag Show, Repair the World Workshop: 4029 Market St.
What do the biblical story of Purim and RuPaul’s Drag Race have in common? We’ll explore all of this and more during The Whole Me(gay)llah! Join Repair the World: Philadelphia and Tribe12 at 7:30 pm for a night of over the top drag performances about our beloved Queen Esther and packing safe sex/hygiene packs for at risk queer folx in Philly. This event is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation so we can support our local queer artists. *OPEN TO ALLIES*

Sunday, March 24

Leyv Ha-Ir Purim Celebration, William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut Street, Community Room 

Join us in celebrating Purim from 2:00-4:00 pm! Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman. Come in costume, hear the megillah, laugh at (or be a part of) our Purimshpiel, nosh and schmooze! Rabbi Julie and Cantor Sharon will lead us. Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share. Hamantashen and alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks are always welcome.