Purim starts next 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!
Note: An old favorite of mine, the Jewish Study Center’s the Latke-Hamentasch debate, took place this Wednesday. I didn’t attend, but I have a feeling that the latkes won out as usual. *bites off a corner of her hamentasch and sulks* 😛
Sunday, March 13
Wednesday, March 16
Join DCJCC’s Jean Graubart in making this signature Purim treat (and so much better than latkes. :P)
$7 for members, $10 for non-members
Friday, March 18
Moishe House DC Purim Party
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for this young adult friendly event. Check out last year’s photos of hamentaschen making!
Shabbat Around the World-Purim!
Hope all families with young kids got tickets to this Sixth & I Persian dinner followed by storyteller Noa Baum leading kids in a Purim schpiel!
Saturday, March 19
Jews United for Justice heralds in the story of Shushan with a traditional service and Megillah reading at the Church of Pilgrims.
Kehilat Shalom Purim Celebration
Featuring a Megillah reading, costume party, and special silent auction!
Adas Israel Purim Services and Spiel
Adas Israel rolls out big guns with a spiel written by David Smolar, and special guests FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, and CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv.
Sixth & I and DC Minyan team up for a traditional Megillah reading and after party! Bring some mishloach manot (Purim baskets) to be donated to a local food bank.
Purim Party at MesorahDC
It’s a full house at Sixth & I as MesorahDC also convenes for a Megillah reading, and after party with live music by the Mountain Boys!
Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
DCJCC’s GLOE throws their signature bash, featuring a special appearance by the DC Cowboys, an open bar, and, from my experience, some of the best costumes of the night!
$20 for members/under 25s/limited income, $25 regular price
Purim Masquerade Ball
WHC 2339 parties at the City Tavern Club with a masked ball for young professionals. Admission includes a free drink, hors d’oeuvres, and hamentaschen! 😛
$32 members, $40 non-members
Kesher Israel Purim Spiel
Kesher Israel, the only synagogue located in the heart of Georgetown, hosts its annual spiel, preceded by a children’s costume contest (9 pm.) Click above for past performances!
YP Wine and Cheesentaschen
Traditionally the most popular Purim hangout for young professionals, YP@AI gives you cheese, wine, and plenty of socialization!
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Sunday, March 20
Purim Celebration for Children and Adults
The Jewish Primary Day School celebrates with a costume parade, Israeli dancing, and the story of Esther!
Purim Around the World
Celebrate a kid-friendly globe-trotting Purim theme at JCCGW with the sand dunes of the Sahara Dessert, ice fishing in Antarctica an Australian-themed kangaroo race and more!
$10 per family of 4/$15 per family of 5 and up
Rock’n’Roll Purim Party with Reb David
Am Kolel celebrates Purim with a Middle Eastern veggie pot-luck at Garrett Park Town Hall.