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Purim 2021

This year we gather to celebrate Purim virtually, and the power is in your hands: choose your own Purim Pathway as part of our interactive holiday experience, learn how to bake hamantaschen, hear the reading of the Megillah and more!

Pick Your Purim Pathway!

Choose your own Purim adventure: a downloadable virtual track or a drivable scavenger hunt! All paths lead to one free hamantaschen per person at Temple on Sunday, February 28. Both paths are appropriate for all ages!

Drivable Purim Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, February 28, 1-4 p.m.

Beginning and ending at the Temple, our Drivable Purim Scavenger Hunt will be packed with surprises for all ages! Upon arrival, you’ll receive a map that will guide you to a series of fun Purim challenges, with each one taking place outside a different congregant’s home. The final stop will be back at Temple for a Purim photo opportunity and yummy hamantaschen to go.

How to participate: Register at sestl.org/scavenger-hunt

Downloadable Virtual Purim
Available beginning Friday, February 19, 10 a.m.

This Purim Pathway will provide you with downloadable Purim activities for a home celebration. Games, decorations, trivia, masks and more will be available to you.

How to participate: We’ll make our Virtual Purim collection available right here on February 19.


The Great Holiday Baking Show: Hamantaschen Edition
Sunday, February 21, 4 p.m.

Three-time award-winning hamantaschen master baker, Rabbi Educator Lori Levine, will conduct a virtual Hamantaschen baking demonstration and class Zoom. This fun and delicious pre-Purim class is open to the entire congregation, from families with young children to Religious School age children and families, to teens, young adults and empty nesters and senior adults. Come join us and learn about one of the best parts of Purim!

How to participate: Register at sestl.org/purim-baking


The Queens of Purim: A Virtual Happy Hour with Vashti and Esther
Monday, February 22, 5:30 p.m.

Join Rabbi Rachel K. Bearman in learning about the queens of Shushan as we raise a glass to their exploits!

How to participate: Register at sestl.org/purim-queens


Shaare Emeth’s Extravagansic, Fantasmagorical, Purim-palooza Shpiel!
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Featuring: A Megillah Reading, plus our new Purim Shpiel “The Purim Bride,” featuring your Shaare Emeth Clergy and The Not-So-Ready-For-Purim-Players! Shaare Emeth will harness all the power of internet streaming technology and extreme fun to enhance your Purim experience.

How to participate: Register at sestl.org/purim-shpiel


Feed Those in Need

Don’t forget to drop off non-perishable canned and boxed food during the month of February for the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry. This fulfills the Purim Mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim (feeding those in need). You can find the donation bin in the vestibule of the North Lobby.

Among the items needed most by the Food Pantry this month: peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna fish and chicken, kosher non-perishable foods, health cereals and snacks, canned fruit and vegetables and personal care items (such as toothpaste, shampoo and conditioners).


Join the #PurimPetParade!

In honor and to formally welcome Rabbi Bearman’s doggie, Vashti, dress your pet up in a costume of your choice and send the picture to us at [email protected] or on social media anytime during the month of February. Be creative! Live pets or stuffed ones count!

We will post the pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #purimpetparade when you post.

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