As we MARCH into Purim this year there are a variety of activities coming up. First and foremost is the evening of Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The evening starts off with this year’s Purim Shpiel, TO TELL THE TRUTH! Once again our Beth El Purim Players will start the evening off with a comedy Purim play followed by the Maariv Service and the Megillah reading. Our friends from Chabad will join us for this fun event followed by a Hamantashen social. More Hamantashen will be on sale by our Sisterhood at the end of the evening.

Tuesday, March 10 Purim continues with the Megillah reading at the morning minyan. The service starts at 7:30 a.m. at Shirat Hayam and our own Cantor Avima Darnov will be reading the Megillah. The community will hold two Purim dinners – one at Chabad and the other at the JCC sponsored by the Federation.

Remember the Mitzvot of Tuesday evening there will be two Purim S’udot (Festive meals) in the Purim HEAR the Megillah read, GIVE Matanot L’Evyonim – gifts to the needy, GIVE Purim goodies to friends and family – MISHLOACH MANOT and ATTEND a Purim S’udah Festive Meal. Also-we will have canisters in the lobby for our annual Purim Food Drive to give to the JFS Food Pantry.

Monday, March 9 PURIM SHPIEL – TO TELL THE TRUTH! 7 p.m. followed by MEGILLH READING with Chabad. Tuesday, March 10, Megilllah reading at Shirat Hayam 7:30 a.m. In the evening of March 10, there will be two Purim Festive dinners – one at Chabad, the other at JCC sponsored by the Federation. For more information concerning these dinners, cost and time call (609) 822-4404.

There will be a Community Pesach Seder this year at Shirat Hayam lead by Rabbi Jonathan Kremer. More information will be forthcoming. At your own Seders make sure that you enjoy what you are doing – everyone who participates helps the spirituality of the evening grow. We reenact the Exodus from Egypt with special foods and readings, but more than that we put in our own creativity – games, costumes, discussions. Young and old can always learn more than what we’ve done in the past. The more we celebrate the more we grow. As usual there will be the four major holiday services starting at 9:30 a.m. and Yizkor will be on the last day around 10:45 a.m.

Chag Purim Sameach and Chag HaPesach Sameach!