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Purim Celebrations and Carnivals in Brooklyn 2012

February 26, 2012

Purim is a festive and fun holiday that is traditionally celebrated with carnivals, the Megillah reading and hamantaschen (special Purim cookies).  According to About.com, “the tradition of dressing up is based upon the way Esther concealed her Jewish identity at the beginning of the Purim Story. At the conclusion of the Megillah reading, many synagogues will put on plays (shpiels) that reenact the Purim Story and poke fun at the villain. Most synagogues also host Purim Carnivals.”  Purim is a great chance to let your kids try out their Halloween costume again, or channel a whole other character like Queen Esther or Harry Potter. We found some fabulous celebrations and carnivals in Brooklyn that have everything from magic shows to puppet shows and everything in between!

Sunday, March 4th: 10:15 am – 12 pm (toddlers- age 5) and 1:30-3 pm (ages 6-11 years)
Kids’ Purim Extravaganza at Kane Street Synagogue
The morning festivities will include a musical puppet show by Yellow Sneaker, hamantaschen-baking, face-painting by real artists, crafts, games and hamantaschen eating! The afternoon carnival will include fun games and competitions, hamantaschen, more face-painting and lots of cool prizes. For either time it is $10 per child.  10:15 – Noon, for toddlers to age 5   and  1:30 – 3:00 PM, for ages 6 – 11
Details: Kane Street Synagogue 236 Kane Street  Brooklyn, NY 11231  718 875-1550

Sunday, March 4th from 10:30 am -12:30pm
Masquerade Disco Ball at the Y at Windsor Terrace

Join the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace for a Masquerade Disco Ball for the entire family. The indoor event will feature a Dance Party, arts and crafts for everyone, facepainting, Purim Story, and a show featuring Yoni the Puppet. Everyone is encouraged to come in costumes and participate in the Costume Contest. Door prizes will be given to everyone in costume. First, Second, and Third place prizes will be given away. This is a free event. They will be collecting non-perishable goods for Pack it up for Purim, a community-wide effort to create 2,000 food packages for needy New Yorkers.
Details: Y at Windsor Terrace.
1224 Prospect Avenue (and Vanderbilt Street), Brooklyn, NY 11218


Sunday, March 4th from 12 – 3 pm
Celebrate Purim with the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
The Purim Carnival will be a fun way to show off your Queen Esther, Wonder Women  and Superhero costumes and will culminate in a costume contest. In addition, kids will play games, do arts and crafts, get prizes, carnival fare, go on a pony rides and accent their costume with face painting. Sit back and enjoy live music on the Oneg Room Mainstage, followed by a Hamentaschen-Eating Contest.
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue at 131 Remsen St. Brooklyn Heights

Sunday, March 4th: 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Purim Carnival with Park Slope Jewish Center
The carnival will begin at 12:30 pm with food, clowns, games, prizes and more. Tickets will be available at the door. Stay for the 6:30 pm multi-media, interactive Purim performance with Jonathan Gutterman. After the show, at 7;30 pm your kids can participate in the costume parade at the main service.
Details: Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Avenue at 14th Street. Brooklyn, NY 11215. 718-768-1453

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 pm
Megillah Reading

Hear the Megillah of Esther chanted amid costumes, songs and general silliness. The crazier the costume, the better. You can come earlier for Maariv and Shacharit prior to the reading.
Details: Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Avenue at 14th Street. Brooklyn, NY 11215. 718-768-1453

Wednesday, March 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m
Purim Party at the Flatbush Shaare Torah Jewish Center
Megillah reading will begin at 6:30pm in the Main Sanctuary followed by…..A Purim Party for ALL at 7:30pm!! Costume Contest (for all ages). Break-fast Dinner & Hamentashen and Israeli dancing let by Tali. Arts & Crafts and Face Painting. The evening is free.
Details: at Flatbush Jewish Center in Kensington on  327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue.

Thursday, March 8th at 7 am
Megillah Reading

Hear the Megillah of Esther chanted amid costumes, songs and general silliness. The crazier the costume, the better. You can come earlier for Maariv and Shacharit prior to the reading.
Details: Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Avenue at 14th Street. Brooklyn, NY 11215. 718-768-1453

Thursday, March 8th at 3:30pm
The Children’s Purim Costume Party at Chabad of Dumbo
For this party, kids can dress in their favorite costumes and get some face painting to complement their final look. There will also be balloon making, arts and crafts, and a Magic Show by renowned Magician “The Amazing Ken”. Everyone that comes in costume will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win amazing prizes including toys, games and more. There will be a multi-media Megillah presentation and holiday food will be served for a Purim Feast. Suggested donation $20 per family
Details: Chabad of Dumbo; 205 Plymouth St. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Rabbi Avrom at jewishdumbo@yahoo.com.

Thursday, March 8th from 4-5:30 pm
Purim Party in Williamsburg
Celebrate Purim in Williamsburg. Wear your costume and celebrate with Megillah Reading, face painting, arts and crafts and be entertained by Looney Lenny the Clown.  Food will be served also. Suggested donation of $10 per child.
Details: Chabad of North Brooklyn at 132 North 5th St #2C, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 8th at 10:30 am
Chai Tots Purim Party

Chabad in Brooklyn’s preschool is hosting a Purim Party with Arts and Crafts, Hamentash, costumes, face painting, Purim buffet and live children’s music.
Details: Da Nonna Rosa at 140 7th Street. Admission is $5 per person. Please rsvp to Ctpreschool@gmail.com or 718-499-0836

Friday, March 9th at 4 pm
Hebrew Story Time at Leonard St Library

Children will wear costumes, trade “mishloach manot” and sing/ listen to Purim songs. Then read a children’s version of the story of Megilat Ester, a children’s version.
Details: 81 Devoe St. at Leonard St.  Brooklyn, NY 11215  718-486-3365

Sunday, March 11th, 2-4PM
A Purim Party & opportunity to talk to Molly Raik
This is a Purim Party with a different twist. The two organizers are celebrating Purim while investigating the idea of starting a Brooklyn Havurah School. Here is what they say, “As two families with strong cultural Jewish identities, but discordantideas about faith, we have long struggled over what to do about our children’s Jewish education.  Sending them to traditional Hebrew school  has not felt right for either of us, but neither does doing nothing. With this in mind, we approached the folks at The Havurah School on the Upper West Side (an independent, self-supporting school that has been at Congregation Ansche Chesed for over 20 years) about starting a Brooklyn Havurah School. A havurah is typically a small group of like-minded Jews who assemble for the purpose of providing autonomous alternatives to established Jewish institutions.  At the Havurah School, students learn a wide variety of Jewish subjects primarily through the arts.  Theatrical improvisation, painting and drawing, work in clay, movement, creative writing, debate and music are some of the techniques used to experientially understand the Torah, the holidays, and the great themes of Jewish life, tradition, and philosophy. We believe that starting a Havurah School here in Brooklyn could be a wonderful opportunity to provide a for meaningful Jewish education that is in keeping with progressive values, both secular and religious. Luckily we have the support of Molly Raik, an early childhood educator, who grew up at AnsheChesed’s Havurah School and whose father has been running that program for many, many years. Molly is excited to help us get a Brooklyn Havurah off the ground, but we also need the support and ideas of other interested families to join us in this process.  So, we invite you to come and join us for a Purim Celebration to be held at The Greene Hill School.  We’ll be dressing up in costume, singing, storytelling, making graggers (a.k.a. noisemakers) and of course eating hamentashen.  It will also be an opportunity to meet Molly Raik, who will be spearheading the Brooklyn Havurah, and give her some input on what you would like it to look like.  Please come and bring your ideas!
The Greene Hill School in the Community Room, 39 Adelphi Street, btw Park and Flushing. They are asking for a donation of $10/per family to cover their costs.RSVP to: sabrinahellman@yahoo.com or rebecca@eensies.com

Sunday, March 11th 10 am- 1 pm
Purim Carnival at Congregation Beth Elhomin

Congregation Beth Elhomin will be celebrating Purim with lots of events, but one particularly kid-friendly one. Their carnival will feature a costume party, games, food and also singalongs.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Singalong with Cantor Josh Breitzer, Debbie Brukman, Mikah, and Deborah Sacks (Sanctuary)
11 – 1 p.m. Purim Carnival: costumes, pizza, games, graggers for all (Ballroom)
March 11, 10 am- 1 pm.  Prices: $10 adults and $5 children in advance (online tickets sales coming soon) $12 adults and $8 children at the door. 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215. (718) 768-3814