Feb 8, 2018

Huge Purim Carnival Bringing Diverse Jewish South PBC Together on February 25

Every year around the world, joyous, colorful Purim Carnivals are part of this holiday’s lively celebrations. South Palm Beach County has been no exception, with carnivals held by many individual synagogues. But this year, an array of synagogues and other Jewish organizations have joined forces to create something bigger for everyone! The first CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival will be happening on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County West Boca campus.

“Purim is such a festive holiday, and children look forward to it all year,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the Federation’s Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement. “With so many partners - Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad and more - collaborating, sharing resources and ruach (spirit), we are able to plan a huge event that will bring us together from all across this vibrant, diverse Jewish community.”

“Everyone is welcome to join in the fun with rides and carnival games (see below) – and to wear costumes!” continued Broide. “They’ll also have opportunities to learn about Purim with stories and crafts, and to find out about our amazing local Jewish life.”

Registration is available at jewishboca.org/purim. Advance registration is $10 per child with a $50 family maximum; registration at the door is $15 per child with a $60 family maximum. Kosher food and drinks (ORB supervision) will be available for purchase. The carnival will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact michellear@bocafed.org.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s gated campus, also home to Purim Carnival partner, the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, is located at 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Entrance is south on 95th Avenue South from Glades Road, between Lyons and US 441, and the event will be held on the South Athletic Field.

PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County will have a tented area for their Fun Zone, where families will enjoy Purim-themed games, crafts, stories and a special opportunity to give tzedakah for those less fortunate.

“We look forward to everyone joining us to make masks and groggers (noisemakers), learn about the holiday and join in our big machine count of donations in honor of Purim,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “We encourage families in our community to bring their PJ tzedakah boxes, and we invite others to join in this Purim mitzvah and meet new families!”

The carnival rides and games have been selected to provide fun for all ages from babies in laps and up. Carnival Rides will include: Fun Slide, Mechanical Swings, Little Farm, Land Train and much more. Carnival Games with small, medium and large plush prizes, will include: Coke Ring, Toss, Stand a Bottle, Hoop Shot, and Horseshoes.

The CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival is presented in partnership with the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Jewish Center, Boca Raton Synagogue, Chabad of Central Boca Raton, Chabad of West Boca Raton, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, PJ Library in South Palm Beach County, PJ Our Way, and Temple Beth El of Boca Raton.

South Florida Events is an In-Kind Sponsor of the CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival, and The Florida Jewish Home is the Newspaper Sponsor. Smiles by Dr. W. & Dr. R. Orthodontics and Florida Blue are sponsors of the PJ Library Fun Zone.