Celebrate Purim 5778 at Beth Am
Get your costumes and groggers ready for Purim, the holiday of joy and laughter! As we read in the Book of Esther, "Mordechai sent dispatches to all the Jews... to observe the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar every year... as days of feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts (mishloach manot) to one another and presents to the poor" (Esther 9:20-22). We'll have opportunities for people of all ages to hear the Megillah and celebrate the triumph of Esther and Mordechai over the wicked Haman.
- Purim Mitzvah Project: Orders are no longer being accepted.
Mishloach Manot are small gifts of food and treats that Jews traditionally send to one another for the holiday of Purim. Honor friends, clergy, your child’s teacher and classmates or anyone else at Beth Am who makes a difference in your life.
- Thursday, February 15, 7:30 PM, Conference Room: Beth Am Women Rosh Chodesh Adar - Purim Improvisation and Theater Games
Come usher in the month of Adar with Milpitas High School Theater Teacher/Director Kaila Schwartz as she guides us in exploring various aspects of the Purim story through improvisation and other theater games. RSVP required.
- Saturday, February 24, 9:15 AM, Chapel: Purim-Themed Tot Shabbat (Families with Children Ages 0-5)
Join Rabbi Heath Watenmaker for a Purim-themed Shabbat service for families with children ages 0-5 years. Be sure to come in costume for our costume parade! Following the service, enjoy grape juice, challah and hamentaschen, as well as arts and crafts. Come have fun with your child and meet other parents of young children!
- Sunday, February 25, 3:30 to 5:00 PM, PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City: Jewish Baby Network: Purim Palooza Costume Party (Families with Children Ages 0-2)
Grab your costumes and celebrate Purim with the Jewish Baby Network and PJCC! Don't forget your camera. This event is for the whole family, with activities for everyone. Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am.
- Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 PM, Social Hall: Purim for Adults (21 and over)
It's time to put on our costumes and break out the groggers for Beth Am's annual adult Purim extravaganza! As we celebrate the triumph of the courageous Esther over the wicked Haman (boo!), we'll have the opportunity to fulfill all of the mitzvot associated with the holiday. Costumes strongly encouraged!
- Sunday, March 4, 10:40 AM, Beth Am Campus: Purim for Families
Songs, Megillah reading and family-friendly shpiel, followed by our Purim carnival, run by Beth Am's wonderful teens. Costumes strongly encouraged for adults and kids! (During this event, please consider registering to become a bone marrow donor!)
Purim Tzedakah Drive: One of the mitzvot of Purim is giving matanot la-evyonim, gifts to the poor. At all of our Purim events this year, we'll be collecting clothing for LifeMoves, a local organization devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty. Please bring men’s and women’s socks and underwear (new) or men’s and women’s coats (new or gently used) when you attend a Beth Am Purim event. Learn more.
Proceeds from Adult and Family Purim celebrations will support Beth Am's teen programming.