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Purim

Purim 5781/2021 is Thursday night, February 25 and Friday, February 26. We are looking forward to celebrating together virtually and in-person. Check out some of the ways you can celebrate this year and stay tuned for additional details about Purim this year!

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In-Person Purim | Virtual PurimEvents in the Community

In-Person Purim

Thursday, February 25 in the courtyard and parking lot, join us for an outdoor Purim celebration! 

Outdoor Pre-Purim Party, 4:30-6:00pm in the Courtyard

4:30-5:00pm Drive Thru Only
5:00-6:00pm Booths and Schmoozing

Put on your best quarantine costume and celebrate with us! What's a quarantine costume? It's anything you can make without leaving your house. Shop your closet and get creative to make the wackiest costume you already have. Don't forget your face mask.

Dress up to schmooze, get your picture taken, and stop by our Purim booths for hamentaschen, graggers, l’chaim glass, Purim activities, and raffle tickets for your chance to win something special.

Perform the mitzvah of Mattanot L'Evyonim (gifts to the needy) by bringing a donation to our Purim ECHO Food Drive. Every year, we donate the mac and cheese box graggers from our Purim service to ECHO to feed families in need. This year, please bring one or more of the following most-needed items. If you prefer to make a monetary contribution for Mattanot L'Evyonim, click here to make a donation.

Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Tortillas, Salsa, BBQ Sauce, Instant Potatoes (Box), Soup, Crackers, Beans, Salad Dressing, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dry Pasta (please no spaghetti), Canned/Bottled Juice, Coffee/Tea
Please keep in mind that recipients are usually transient and do not have the ability to store large quantities.

Virtual Purim

Zoom Purim Party, Thursday, February 25, 6:45-7:45pm on Zoom

Join us for a virtual celebration! There will be opportunities for games and small group breakout schmoozing to take full advantage of the interactivity of Zoom. See the story of Purim and hear selections from the megillah read by our OT megillah readers. Get interactive by spotlighting your quarantine costume and joining the Zoom background challenge. Enjoy a l'chaim with us; prepare this OT Purim Quarantini, or bring your own drink of choice. Plus, breakout rooms to schmooze in small groups with your friends and take virtual selfies! We love Purim at OT and now Purim at OT can come to you! The Zoom link was sent via email to the OT listserv, or you can register here to receive the link.

Megillah Livestream, Thursday, February 25, 8:15pm via Livestream

Tune into a full live megillah reading in the sanctuary at olamtikvah.org/livestream. Hearing the megillah is a mitzvah - make sure you hear it all and feel free to be as loud as you want from the comfort of your couch. Download this copy of the megillah to read alongThis event is accessible to everyone via livestream only.

Online Family Carnival, Sunday, February 28, 9:00-11:15am on Zoom

It's not Purim without a carnival and we're ready to throw an online event to remember! Our carnival will happen on Zoom twice over the course of the morning:

9:00am-10:15am for Preschool-3rd Grade
10:30-11:15am for 4th Grade and older

Families are encouraged to participate together (if you have children who fall into both time slots who want to enjoy the carnival together, choose the time that works best for you). Click here to sign up for the time and activity that your child likes best. Activity options include baking, puzzles, art, dance, and more. And remember, the OT tradition is to enjoy the carnival in your PJs, so be sure to wear your favorite pair during the carnival!

Events in the Community

Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Zooming into Purim, Sunday, February 21, 12:00pm on Zoom. Celebrate Purim with four lectures from the Schechter Institute. 12:00pm Just how drunk should a Jew get on Purim? 12:30pm "On that night the king could not sleep" (Esther 6:1): The turning point of the Megillah. 1:00pm Vashti's costume party in the Midrashim on the Book of Esther. 1:30pm The Story of Purim in Art: from the Dura Europos synagogue to Rembrandt. Register here.

PJ Library Purim Carnivirtual, Sunday, February 21, 4:30-5:30pm online. Celebrate Purim as a family with a virtual carnival of games! Main Stages will lead an interactive family game night. Costumes optional. Most appreciated by ages 5-9. $10/family; early bird $8/family (register by February 16). Register here.

Family Hamentaschen Bake, Sunday, February 28, 3:30pm on Zoom. Go on a delectable journey and join Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families to make hamentaschen. They’ll show you how easy it is, whether you choose to make the dough from scratch or use store bought cookie dough. Recipes provided when you register. Fun for the whole family! Register here.

Sun, July 25 2021 16 Av 5781