Party for Purim 5769!

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

We’re 15 days away from Purim, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived an attempt at persecution. Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

…but you don’t have to wait til March 9/14 Adar to dress up as your favorite Biblical character (or maybe you do :P) But in the meantime, enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities to get you in the mood!

Holiday Highlights: Purim Class
Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m., Sixth & I

Brush up on your Purim basics at this young professional event (free with food! :P) Co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation’s NextGen and the DC Chapter of Taglit-Birthright Israel NEXT.

Pre-Purim Holiday Classics
Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m., Sixth & I

Like with Queen Esther/Hadassah of Persia, sometimes, the Jewish connection is hard to find. 😛 Which is why this Jewish Study Center class will focus on comedy TV from the ’50s and ’60s and ask the question, Where’s the Jewiness here?

Latke/Hamentaschen Debate
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., The Jewish Study Center

Two ethnically Jewish foods. Only one can be favorite! Which do you think it will be? Stay tuned to this lively debate.

Return of Masquerade and Mischief Purim Party
Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m., DCJCC’s GLOE

Enjoy a “gender-bending” masquerade with frivolity, flirting, and fun!

LGBT Family Purim Brunch
Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m., DCJCC’s GLOE

…or, for the more family-oriented, enjoy an earlier meal with costumes and other kid-friendly festivities to follow.

Purim Party with Hamentaschen at Champions Nightclub

Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m. Jewish Professionals Network

The best holidays herald in the parties, and JPN promises a slew of young professionals to meet, greet, and celebrate with.

Wine and Cheesentaschen
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., YP@AI

Perhaps the most famous of YP@AI’s annual events—stop on by before the Megillah Reading(s)!

Purim Unplugged: Megillah Reading, Spiel, and Festivities!
Monday, March 9, 7 p.m., Sixth & I

It’s the whole Megillah—costumes, celebration, and recounting the tale of this festive holiday! Children encouraged. Co-sponsored with DC Minyan.

Purim Party!
Sunday, March 15, 2 pm, Young Professionals Kesher

Perhaps a little behind the curb, but in case you’re not sick of costumes and hamentaschen (and something’s wrong with you if you are) stop on by this final party!

Crossposted in part to The Examiner

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