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Purim Carnival- Dance & Sing on Broadway!, March 17th, 11:30am-12:30pm 
Sneak Peek for young families and anyone sensitive to noise and crowds 11-11:30am 

Join us for our annual Purim Carnival! Religious school students will join with their classes and we hope to see lots of day school families, young families, and more folks joining us as well. Exciting themed booths, snacks, and activities will be in the CBS Social Hall and on the Social Hall Patio.  Don’t forget to come in costume.  Registration here. 

USYers Run Booths at the CBS Purim Carnival
Followed by a Special Teen Only Lunch 

March 17th 10:30-1:30pm 

CBS 8th-12th graders (including ozerim and USYers) are invited to volunteer at our Purim Carnival to help with setup, run booths, and serve delicious treats. As a thank you for volunteering, teens are invited to stay after the carnival for a special Purim lunch just for them. Contact Rachel Wachtel with any questions.  Register here.

Erev Purim

Erev Purim, Saturday, March 23, 9:15-11:00pm (in person and on livestream)
9:00pm Doors Open
9:15pm "A Maariv Line" 
10:00pm Havdallah, Megillah Reading, and Dessert

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Purim Day Megillah Reading and Fun Purim Snacks, Sunday, March 24
4:00pm Megillah Reading
5:00pm Fun Purim Snacks (with motzi)

Note that we will have a regular Sunday morning minyan at 8:45am without the megillah reading.

Pre-Purim Learning

From Portugal to the Netherlands: Purim and Queen Esther among the Former Forced Converts Portuguese Community of Amsterdam
with Shalom Sabar

Monday, 2/26 at 7:45pm (following Monday Evening Minyan)       

Forced to convert to Christianity in 1497, the once prosperous Jewish community of Portugal started to lead new degrading ways of life as "New Christians" (Cristãos Novos). As it developed in the following centuries, selected components of some Jewish rituals and holidays were secretly preserved at great risk. Among these, an unusual place was given to Purim, a minor holiday, and its heroine, Queen Esther. In the lecture, we will examine how Purim gained such a special status and Esther's role in this development. This situation was intensified by the opportunity given to the Portuguese Jews to immigrate to the Netherlands during its "Golden Age" in the 17th century, where they were permitted to return to their Judaism freely. In the community established in the capital city of Amsterdam, magnificent Purim balls were celebrated elegantly, and the artistic genre of elaborately illustrating the Esther scroll flourished. The illustrations in the scrolls amazingly correspond with the Esther story in Dutch art of the time, including that of Rembrandt; at the same time, they reflect the lives and ideologies of the Portuguese Jewish elite of Amsterdam's Golden Age. 

Register here.

Mishloach Manot

HappyPurim Ordering

Sending food gifts to friends and family—is one of the four mitzvot performed on Purim. Congregation Beth Shalom is hosting a community-wide Mishloach Manot project again this year. For just $5.00 per recipient, you can participate in the sending of a beautiful gift basket to anyone on our membership list. Every family on the list will receive one gift package, along with a Purim card that lists all the people who participated in their package. It's a mitzvah, it’s great fun and is an easy way to support CBS! How do you order? Check your email for a message from that includes a personalized login link for you to order. 

Didn't receive that email or have questions? Contact Lauren Fellows. Ordering closes Monday, March 11 at 9pm.     

Do you prefer to pay for Mishloach Manot through Beth Shalom rather than Happy Purim?  This may work better for you if you make donations with stock or a charitable foundation.  Please contact Carol for assistance with this.

Getting Your Purim Gift

Every Beth Shalom member can receive a Purim gift (a custom bag full of havdallah supplies and treats). If you would like one, there will be different opportunities to pick up your gift:

  • Sunday, 3/17, 11:30am-12:30pm at our Purim Carnival (for families)
  • Monday, 3/18 – Friday, 3/22, during office hours (M-Th 9am-5pm, F 9am-2pm)
  • Tuesday, 3/19, 6:30-7:00pm at Religious School pick-up
  • Saturday, 3/23, 10pm at Erev Purim
  • Sunday, 3/24, 4-5:30pm at megillah reading
  • Monday, 3/25 – Thursday, 3/28, during office hours (9am-5pm)

Don't want your gift? No action is required on your part. Gifts will not be delivered this year.

Matanot L'Evyonim

In addition to mishloach manot (sending gifts of food to each other), another Purim mitzvah is matanot l’evyonim (giving gifts to the poor). In observance of this mitzvah, our social action committee is collecting funds to distribute to our community partners who combat food insecurity. Funds will provide a meal to people in need on Purim Day. If you would like to fulfill the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim in this way, please consider donating when you login through


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