Purim is almost here, which means it’s time to figure out where to party! And where to tap into some of the year’s most exciting Jewish social change events of the year. 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, get to know your neighbors, and get yourself into the Purim spirit at one of these great events around the country:
New York City. On March 5-8, 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. Then, bring the kids to JFREJ’s social change-themed carnival with music in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino, and hand-built carnival games.
Los Angeles. Join IKAR on March 4 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.
Berkeley Join Nehirim on March 5 for their Jewish Mardi Gras Purim festival. In addition to a great party with cocktails and a comedy performance, choose from 1 of 4 exciting conversations about identity, tzedakah, and more.
Berkeley Join Urban Adamah on March 4 for a megillah reading and Purim party on their farm!
Boston Join The Boston Workmen’s Circle Center on March 21 for a reeeeallly late, and reeeealllllly fun radical Purim party featuring political theater, great snacks, and a performance by hip hop artist, Y-Love.
Do you know of another service or social change-themed Purim event? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.