Celebrate Purim 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.
- Sunday, March 5: 2:00 PM Discussion; 3:00 to 5:30 PM Performance, Sanctuary: Esther -- A Lost Jewish Opera
The unusual Hebrew libretto Esther was lost for over two hundred years. It was discovered in 1998, and in 2000 the Hebrew University of Jerusalem staged the first known performance since 1774. The Albany Consort, consisting of seventeen musicians playing Baroque period instruments, six vocal soloists and a choir, will bring this unique work to life as good Queen Esther bravely speaks up for her people and she and her cousin Mordechai ultimately defeat the wicked Haman. Both Hebrew and English texts will be projected on a screen during the performance. This free event is sponsored by Beth Am congregant Michael Morganstern.
- Sunday, March 5, 3:30 PM, Beit Kehillah: Family Purim Costume Party with Jewish Baby Network (Families with Children Ages 0-2)
Come celebrate Purim with the Jewish Baby Network! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, especially babies and children. This great family photo opportunity has activities for everyone. Enjoy making a mask for Purim. We will sing songs, read a PJ Library book and have an interactive tot-friendly version of the Purim story with gentle groggers (noise-makers). We will have volunteers and older siblings to help with the activities so you can relax and enjoy the party. We look forward to celebrating with you!
- Friday, March 10, 5:15 PM, Sanctuary: 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 a festive Shabbat dinner (including hamentaschen!), as well as arts and crafts. Come have fun with your child and meet other parents of young children!
- Saturday, March 11, 7:00 PM, Social Hall: Purim for Adults (21 and over)
Purim is not just a holiday for kids! Enjoy snacks and drinks, the reading of the Megillah and the (in)famous Purim shpiel, starring the Beth Am staff as you've never seen them before (or at least not since last Purim). Costumes encouraged!
- Sunday, March 12, 11:00 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!
Purim Tzedakah Drive: One of the mitzvot of Purim is giving matanot l'evyonim, gifts to the poor. At all of our Purim events this year, we'll be collecting personal hygiene products to donate to needy families through the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Please bring some of the requested items when you attend a Beth Am Purim event. Learn more.
Proceeds from Adult and Family Purim celebrations will support Beth Am's teen programming.