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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 15, join Jews for Racial and Economic Justice for their annual purim shpiel – a raucous night devoted to great music, great fun, and justice. The next day, bring the kids to JFREJ’s social change-themed carnival with music in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino, and hand-built carnival games.
Los Angeles Peace, love, and justice are the themes of IKAR’s Purim festivities this year – March 15th and 16th. 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 On the morning of March 15th at Congregation Kehillath Israel, Rabbi Steve Greenberg will talk about homosexuality within Judaism and the lessons that can be gleaned from a rabbinic reading of Purim. The event is co-sponsored by Keshet.
Boston Join The Boston Workmen’s Circle Center on March 15th for Gragger/Noisemaker – their 7th annual radical Purim party. Featuring: giant puppets, dancing, political theater, great snacks, and appearances by your favorite Biblical feminists.
Seattle On Sunday, March 16, join JConnect for a special Purim edition of their “Exploring Homelessness” workshop. Talk about hunger, poverty, unemployment, and other social issues, then join together for a Purim celebration.
Do you know of another service or social change-themed Purim event? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.