Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s PurimFest on March 5 is a full day of fun, food (hamantaschen, anyone?) and activities for everyone. You’ll think you’re visiting the land of Oz! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our Carnival, Purim Shpiel, a 20s & 30s Boozy Brunch, with a special presentation by A.J. Jacobs on the power of wearing costumes.
Come to the Purim Celebration and Open House at Congregation Rodeph Sholom at 7 West 83rd Street. Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Wizard, and perhaps a good (or bad?) witch await your visit to these holiday activities and special events. Costumes are welcome.
The Megillah of Oz: Community Purim Shpiel
For all ages | 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Join a cast of clergy and congregants, including Rodeph Sholom’s children and teen choirs, somewhere over the rainbow to hear the story of Purim retold to the music of The Wizard of Oz.
Mishloach Manot Packing
For all ages | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
On Purim it is customary to send mishloach manot (gift baskets) with food and drink to family, friends, and neighbors. Help pack baskets to deliver to older adults in our community. (Sponsored by the Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association)
There’s No Place Like Home: Tour & Clergy/Staff Meet & Greet
For New & Prospective Members | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Join us for a tour of our building. Our beautiful spaces include our historic Sanctuary and newly renovated and spacious 5th floor for children and families. Followed by a light nosh and schmoozing with our clergy and staff.
Over The Rainbow: Sholom Sprouts Purim Celebration
For ages up to 4 years old | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A Purim sing-along with clergy, followed by mask- and crown-making, balloon twisting, pizza, and more. Costumes and silliness encouraged!
Wizomania: A Purim Carnival
For Grades Pre-K to 7 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
After the Shpiel, click your heels three times and follow the Yellow Brick Road to inflatables, cotton candy, activities, prizes, a staff Dunk Tank, and more.
Wizomania Witching-Hour: The After-Hours Purim Carnival
For Grades 8 to 12 | 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Join Emerald City’s elite for the Purim Carnival, games, treats, temporary tattoos, and more.
The Transformative Power of Costumes with A.J. Jacobs
For all adults │ 4:00 – 5:30 PM
New York Times bestselling author (The Year of Living Biblically) and CRS congregant, A.J. Jacobs, takes us on a rollicking journey to understand how the clothes we wear can have a surprisingly powerful effect on our happiness and outlook. He will regale us with his literary adventures wearing a robe with sandals, colonial breeches with a Tricorn hat, even a 100% plastic-free outfit (as seen in The New York Times, January 11, 2023). Costumes are welcome but not required. Reception to follow. (Sponsored by CRS Brotherhood & Sisterhood)
20s & 30s Wicked Boozy Brunch
For 20’s and 30’s │ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Join us for a Purim celebration over brunch. There’ll be cocktails like Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Mocktails, and delicious foods, too.