Purim is a holiday of sweetness and joy, a time when we reflect on the power of an individual and the victory of the Jewish nation in the face of destruction.
Purim is a time for celebration and for the giving of food gifts to friends and family. Mordecai, one of the Purim heroes, instituted the practice of Mishloach Manot, as it says in the Megillah: “Mordecai ... enjoined the [Jews] to make the 14th day of the month of Adar ... feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.”
In keeping with the theme of Purim in March, many special events and activities will take place across the Valley.
The sisterhood of Temple Shirat Shalom has put together a fundraiser in which every family of the congregation will receive a gift from other congregation members for a small donation by the senders.
On Saturday, March 15, Temple Covenant of Peace will present its annual Purim play based on the famous musical “Annie.” Congregation Brith Sholom will hold a Megillah reading for kids and adults -- full costumes encouraged.
Chabad of the Lehigh Valley and other congregations will host “adult only” parties on Saturday evening. Chabad’s party will feature a havdalah service and Megillah reading, followed by hors d’oeuvres, open bar and lively music.
Congregation Keneseth Israel’s Megillah reading will be followed by light snacks and desserts for adults and is BYOB. Live music will be provided by Allentown’s local band, Just So. Costumes are optional.
Temple Beth El hosts “Shushan ha-BEER-ah.” This adult party will include the Megillah reading, karaoke, snacks, dessert and beer.
On Sunday, March 16, Chabad will host a Purim Bubble Mania party for families, which will include Mishloach Manot, the Megillah reading, a masquerade, buffet and a play/Purim shpiel by the religious school students.
Jewish Family Service will hold a special adult Purim brunch for Jewish singles ages 50 to 70 at Congregation Brith Sholom. Also at Brith Sholom, families are invited for a megillah reading and ice cream bar. The program will include the joint religious school with Bnai Abraham Synagogue.
The JCC of Allentown will host its annual Community Purim Palooza that afternoon, featuring games, a moon bounce, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Come in costume!
That evening, Congregation Sons of Israel will hold a Woodstock Purim, featuring Michael Rosman, Flame Throwing Juggler, along with a costume contest, tie-dying and live music by “The Sons of Israel.”