Purim: Radical Generosity
Our Tradition believes that hidden inside each of us lives a well of radical generosity. It gets covered up, buried, and distracted – but on Purim, we peel back all of those layers to tap into this well and give, without question, to anyone and everyone. This year, we’re shining the spotlight on two mitzvot of Purim that push us to cultivate radical generosity – Matanot L’Evyonim (‘gifts to the poor’) and Mishloah Manot (‘sending food to others’).
Mishloah manot: part singing telegram, part goody bag, these gifts of food let you show the love to members of the BJ community. Participate in our community-wide effort to give Mishloah Manot, a great opportunity to be matched with someone in our community and deliver your own, personally-made Mishloah Manot! Check out more information here to sign up!
Giving Matanot L’Evyonim signifies that even on a holiday like Purim which brings immense fun and joy, we take time to think of others. We encourage you to give to Leket Israel (feeding Israelis in need) or West Side Campaign Against Hunger (a local charity feeding hungry New Yorkers).
Founded in 2003, Leket Israel serves as the country’s largest food bank and food rescue network actively working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel’s diverse population. Donate Online or Write a Check.
Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. WSCAH changes our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions. Donate Online.
Purim Puppet Show: Len Levitt and the Levity Puppets
Sunday, March 20 | 9:45–10:30AM | 89th Street Community House
Get ready to boo Haman and cheer for the heroes of the Purim story! The Whole Megillah: The Levity Puppets Purim Show, led by well-know puppeteer Len Levitt, presents an interactive telling of the story of Esther! This program is for families with children ages 6 and under. Free.R.S.V.P. here.
Sunday, March 20 | 10:30AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Celebrate Purim with the entire BJ community! The carnival will be complete with fun games, arts and crafts, an exciting bounce house, and more. Assemble mishloah manot and make hamentaschen for family and friends. Enjoy delicious snacks and experience the fun of Purim with BJ. The Carnival is open for children ages 6 and under from 10:30-11:00AM and open to the rest of the community from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Children’s Purim Spiel
Sunday, March 20 | 1:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join BJ’s talented performers for two shows for the price of one (free) following the Purim Carnival! The K-2 show will feature a lighthearted retelling of the Purim story through rhyme, classic and not-so-classic Purim songs Utzu Etza (Yiddish), Hag Purim (Hebrew), and more! Then the older performers will debut a new, never before seen spiel featuring cameos from classic Purim characters and some modern day ones as well. Come laugh, cry, and boo!
Young Families Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading
Wednesday, March 23 | 5:45-6:45PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Come celebrate Purim with your whole family! Children ages 6 and under are encouraged to come in costume and experience a kid-friendly version of the megillah, silly spiel put on by the BJ rabbis, costume parade, snacks and more! Free. R.S.V.P. here.
Community-Wide Megillah Reading & Radical Fun Ice Cream Party
Wednesday, March 23 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join the whole community for a radically fun Purim celebration! A costume photo booth will be there to capture your most radical self for posterity.