Children have fun at last year’s Purim carnival at the Boca Raton Synagogue in Boca Raton. Other Purim carnivals and events are planned throughout Palm Beach County. (COURTESY)
To celebrate Purim, many Palm Beach County synagogues and temples have created a wide variety of events. such as carnivals, a comedy night, costume masquerade balls, a Purim interpretation of famous Broadway musicals and Purim in Africa celebrations, all to take place during and following Purim.
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrated Purim with the first ever South Palm Beach County Community Purim Carnival that took place at the Federation campus in Boca Raton, in partnership with B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Jewish Center, Boca Raton Synagogue, Chabad of East and Central Boca Raton, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, and Temple Beth El of Boca Raton among other organizations.
"Purim is such a festive holiday and children look forward to it. With so many partners, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad and more collaborating, sharing resources and ruach (Hebrew for "spirit"), we are able to plan a huge event that will bring us together from all across this vibrant, diverse Jewish community," said Rabbi Josh Broide of The Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, one of the sponsoring organizations, prior to the event.
Another Purim carnival will be taking place on March 4 beginning at 11 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road in Boca Raton, featuring bounce houses, bungee jumping, a dunk tank, face painting, and other games and prizes for children.
CBI will also be having a Purim interpretation of the musical "Annie" on Purim on Feb. 28 tiled "Estie’ (in reference to Queen Esther) to be performed by CBI members. The program will take place at 5 p.m., which includes a community dinner. For more information on both CBI events, call 561-241-8118 or go to www.cbiboca.org.
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, 333 S.W. Fourth Ave. in Boca Raton, will present a Purim interpretation of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" titled "Megillah on the Roof," as performed by clergy and temple members on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., which includes dinner. For more information, call 561-391-8900 or go to www.tbeboca.org.
Temple Beth El, 2815 N. Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach will host a masquerade ball on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. which is free for all. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. For more information, call 561-833-0339 or go to www.bethelwpb.com.
Temple Emanu-El, 190 N. County Road in Palm Beach will have a costumed event titled "Shmatte Ball and Dinner" beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. For more information, call 561-832-0804 or go to www.tepb.org.
Boca Beach Chabad, will be celebrating Purim with "Purim at the Improv" taking place on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at The Pavilion, 301 Yamato Road in Boca Raton starring comedian Marc Weiner.
"Purim is celebrated with joy and laughter, so having a comedian is a perfect way to celebrate," said Rabbi Ruvi New of Boca Beach Chabad.
For more information, call 561-394-9770 or go to www.chabadbocabeaches.com.
Two congregations will be celebrating Purim as if one is living in Africa. .Palm Beach Synagogue, 120 N. County Road in Palm Beach, will be having a "Purim Safari" on Feb. 28 at 6:45 p.m. with dinner and Shalot Manot baskets among other surprises at the event. For more information, call 561-838-9002 or go to www.palmbeachsynagogue.org.
Chabad Jewish Center of Palm Beach, 844 Prosperity Farms Road in Palm Beach will have a "Purim in Africa" event on March 24 at 4 p.m. featuring African style food, African hair braiding, along with a Megillah reading. For more information, call 561-624-7004 or go to www.chabadcenterpalmbeach.com.