Purim starts this weekend, 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 until the 14th of Adar to dress up as your favorite Biblical character (or maybe you do :P) Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities to get you in the mood!
Friday, February 26
Fiddler on the Roof Purim!
Come to Temple Emmanuel for a broadway-driven spiel! Also features choral insertions by adult and junior choirs, Kol Zimrah and Kol Ruach.
Saturday, February 27
Wine & Cheesentaschen
Always one of the biggest events of the year, join YP@AI for some schmoozing and nosh before the Megillah reading.
Tikkun Leil Purim
Jews United for Justice heads to Church of the Pilgrims for Purim festivities. Kids on the Block, Inc. will use puppetry to teach children about disabilities; bring goodie bags of mishloach manot!
Purim-Fest: Esther’s Night on Broadway
Beth Shalom Congregation’s Silly Symphony presents this spiel!
Congregation Sha’are Shalom Purim
For a traditional Megillah reading, head to this event.
Join Sixth & I and DC Minyan for a spiel followed by an after party at Bar Louie in Chinatown.
Masquerade and Mischief Purim Party
The DC Cowboys and Ricki Wilchins join GLOE for some adult-themed Purim partying.
Purim Masquerade Ball
Don costumes or black ties and masks for this night in Georgetown with Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Sunday, February 28
Join the Magen David Sephardic Congregation for this meal to end Purim.
High schoolers can enjoy this Purim party at Adat Reyim!