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Purim celebrates the courage of Queen Esther, who pleaded before King Ahasuerus to save the Jews of Persia from the destructive plot of the wicked Haman. Drawing on key words from the Scroll of Esther, v’nahafokh hu (the plot was turned on its head), Purim is celebrated as “topsy-turvy day”. Children and adults dress in costume, and the day is marked by feasting and revelry. The four commandments of the holiday include: reading the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), Se’udat Purim (Purim feast), Mishloach Manot (sending gifts of food), and Matanot L’evyonim (charitable gifts to the poor).

At B’nai Israel, children and adults come in costume, and the Megillah is chanted in the evening and morning by teen and adult members of the congregation. Our annual Purim carnival is a real treat, so popular that it is divided into shifts for younger and older children. Our age-appropriate youth services are led by members of the clergy and professional staff with significant participation by the children. The congregation provides opportunities to support community charities.

purim services

Thursday, February 25

Click here to watch a Peter Pan Purim! 
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We can’t wait for you to see the show!
After the show, please head to B'nai Israel Congregation's Facebook Group and share your yasher koachs with the cast! 

B’nai’s Peter Pan Purim Spiel featured in the Washington Jewish Week!
Click here to read the article published in this week’s issue. 

Youth & Family service

Virtual Megillah Reading  & Virtual Purim Spiel "A Peter Pan Purim" 
Written, Directed and Produced by Naomi Gerstenblith
Stage Managers: Aaron Adams & Maddy Pollack

Thursday, February 25
6:00 PM
Join us virtually to hear the Megillah followed by a special viewing of our virtual Purim spiel—A Peter Pan Purim! Join King Peter Pachashverosh, Tinkerkvell, Captain Haman Hook and the rest of the crew as we travel back to Shushanland! You’ll recognize the tunes as we tell the story of Purim unlike any way we’ve done before. Interested in reading a few verses of the Megillah? Contact Rabbi Penina Alexander (

Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 851 4219 8229
Passcode: 694954

Click here for a pdf of Megillat Esther.

Ma'ariv & Traditional Megillah Reading (In-person and Virtual)

7:15 PM
Fulfill the mitzvah of hearing Megillat Esther after our Ma’ariv (evening) service.  If you’d like to attend in person, please email Allison Karasik.  Click here for safety protocols. Click here for virtual access. Please note: There is no 8:00 PM minyan this evening.

Click here for a pdf of Megillat Esther.

Friday, February 26

shaharit & Traditional Megillah Reading (In-person and Virtual)

7:15 AM
Fulfill the mitzvah of hearing Megillat Esther after our Shaharit (morning) service.  If you’d like to attend in person, please email Allison Karasik.  Click here for safety protocols. Click here for virtual access.

Click here for a pdf of Megillat Esther.

purim celebrations 

Purim Spirit Week

Join Sarah Jarvis, Director of Youth Engagement, and B’nai Israel staff and clergy for a week of Purim fun with games, and mitzvot.

Sunday, February 21
3:00 PM 
Sunday Scare Out Haman 
Grab some everyday things around your house and make an awesome Grogger to scare out Haman on Purim! Suggested supplies: water bottle, rice or beans, beads, paper plates, stickers, markers, paint, etc. 
Zoom link:
Password: bnaiyouth 
Monday, February 22
5:00 PM 
Making Monday  
Join Sarah in making hamentaschen together. You can use the recipe that was sent out or your own family recipe! Feel free to prepare the dough ahead of time and just join us for filling or learn how to make the dough as well. 
Zoom Link:
Password: bnaiyouth 
Tuesday, February 23
Tzedakah Tuesday 
Make a mishloach manot basket and bring to someone special or donate to a charity that is important to you. Make sure you take a picture and show it off on Facebook or Instagram! 
Wednesday, February 24 
We Can’t Wait to See You Wednesday 
Come to B’nai to pick up your "Carnival in a Box" and wave hi to Sarah! Pick up at B'nai Israel on February 24, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM or Thursday, February 25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. 
Carnival in a Box includes prizes, activities, and snacks!
$10/box with a $25 immediate family maximum
Click here to place your order.
Thursday, February 25
Show us your awesome costume and be a part of our virtual costume contest on B’nai Israel's social media. Make sure you show us your most creative costume on our Facebook and Instagram and during our family Megillah reading! 

Purim Carnival in a Box

Order your Purim "Carnival in a Box" today. 
Each box includes prizes, activities, and snacks!
$10/box with a $25 immediate family maximum
Click here to place your order.
Orders are due by Sunday, February 21.

Manna Food Drive—Purim Matanot L'evyonim

Thursday, February 25
10:00 AM–12:00 PM
B’nai Israel Parking Lot

Donate to the Manna Food Drive on February 25th to help fulfill the mitzvah of giving tzedakah to those in need. Click here for a list of Manna's most needed foods list. Please contact Signe with questions.

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