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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.


The Sun Will Come Out in Shushan

Join little orphan Esther Annie on an adventure to Daddy Achash-Warbucks’s castle with Aunt Mordechana. Look out for Miss Haman Hannigan! 


Sunday, March 13
Private Sneak Peek for Talmud Torah enrolled students

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 PM (night of Purim)
We have reached seating capacity in Fanaroff Auditorium, but there are still two options below to watch the Purim Spiel.

Click here to register for overflow seating in Gudelsky Hall and watch via livestream.

Click here to watch via livestream from home.

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 PM (Encore Performance before Purim Family Seudah - see below to register) livestream option will also be available.

traditional megillah readings 

Wednesday, March 16 at 7:45 PM
Thursday, March 17 at 7:15 AM

Hear the story of Purim as our members read Megillat Esther! Cheer for Esther and Mordecai. Boo for Haman. Celebrate the miracle of Purim.

family purim seudah dinner with encore Purim Spiel Performance

Thursday, March 17

5:45 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM Purim Spiel: The Sun Will Come Out in Shushan (registration required, no charge)
7:00 PM Family Purim Seudah Dinner (registration required, pay at-the-door $5/person, $10/immediate family, cash or check)

Join us for an encore performance of the Purim Spiel, The Sun Will Come Out in Shushan. Following the show, we will join together for a festive Purim dinner. Come for the performance, dinner or both.

Co-sponsored by the Men's Club and Sisterhood.

Click here to register for the events you would like to attend. Payment for the Purim Seudah Dinner is at-the-door, cash or check.

matanot l'evyonim

Participate in one of the mitzvot of Purim with matanot l’evyonim, providing for individuals in need. 

Leket Israel 
Rescues surplus agricultural produce and collects excess cooked meals for redistribution to the needy throughout Israel.

So What Else 
Provides food security, access to basic necessities, and high-quality out-of-school time programs in literacy, athletics, and the visual and performing arts while inspiring young people to give back to the community.

Yad Yehuda
Works to eradicate food and financial insecurity through programs like Emergency Financial Assistance, Capital Kosher pantry as well as other programs that address food insecurities. 

mishloah manot

Celebrate Purim and support B’nai Israel by fulfilling the mitzvah of Mishloah Manot (sending gifts of food to friends and family).

Pick-Up of Mishloah Manot

An email will be sent to all who have a Mishloah Manot bag to pick up. Bags must be picked up at B’nai Israel from Sunday, March 13–Thursday, March 17. 
After March 17, the bags will be donated.

Contact Debbie Anolik with questions.

Thank you to Sisterhood for leading this initiative.

purim Carnivals & tots service

We're excited to bring our Purim Carnival back this year!

BISNS Open House at 10:00 AM  

Sunday, March 13

10:30 AM Tots Purim Service
11:00 AM Tots Carnival (Pre-K & Younger)
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch (meal tickets available)
12:15 PM School-Aged Carnival (Grades K–6)

To purchase carnival wristbands and meal tickets, click here. Children attending the carnival must have a supervising adult. 

Click here to view the Purim Carnival photo gallery.

Sat, October 1 2022 6 Tishrei 5783