Purim is right around the corner, do you have your costume yet? Whether you’re planning to go as Queen Esther or Queen Elsa (forgive us, we know you’re not 7 – the alliteration was just too good to resist!), now is the time to figure out how and where you’re going to celebrate. It’s also time to tap into some of the year’s most exciting Jewish social change events.
In addition to celebrating Queen Esther and Mordechai’s triumph over Haman’s plot to dispel of the Jews of Persia, Purim contains some deep social change themes. So raise a toast and get into the Purim spirit at one of these great events around the country:
Philadelphia: Join Repair the World Fellows on March 20 to volunteer for a fun and totally inclusive Purim event. Presented by Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, the event will be accessible to participants with disabilities and fun for all.
Pittsburgh: Our Repair the World Fellows in Pittsburgh have an extravaganza planned for Purim. Join them on March 20 for a street fair featuring delicious food, live entertainment, and an opportunity to interact with the greater Pittsburgh community.
New York City On March 23, join Repair the World Fellows for a Purim Party at the New Jewish Home, an eldercare organization. You’ll help transport seniors to the event and do some Purim-themed art projects with the seniors.
New York City: On March 19, join Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee, and The Workmen’s Circle for their annual purimshpil – a raucous night devoted to great music, great fun, justice, and amazing homemade hamantaschen.
Los Angeles: Join IKAR on March 23 for their Purim justice carnival. There will be megillah readings, carnivals, and parties for adults and kids alike. Bring a box of mac-and-cheese to use as a grogger, and IKAR will donate them to a local food pantry after the holiday.
Boston: Join The Boston Workmen’s Circle Center on March 19 for a super fun radical Purim party featuring political theater, great snacks, and live performances and DJs.
Do you know of another service or social change-themed Purim event? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.