Mar 2, 2018
Huge Purim Carnival Brings 2,000 from Diverse Jewish South PBC Together
Every year around the world, joyous, colorful Purim Carnivals are part of this holiday’s lively celebrations. As always, South Palm Beach County has been no exception, with carnivals held by many individual synagogues. But this year, an array of local synagogues and other Jewish organizations joined forces to create something much bigger for everyone! The first CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival took place on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Two thousand locals from all across the Jewish community had a spectacular time together on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County West Boca campus. An array of rides kept the delighted children busy as parents, local rabbis and educators and other community leaders enjoyed meeting friends old and new. Everyone enjoyed treats from popcorn to hotdogs and hamburgers to falafel and, of course, hamentashen!
“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 were able to plan a huge event that brought us together from all across this vibrant, diverse Jewish community.”
The carnival also offered opportunities to learn about Purim and to find out about the local community’s amazing Jewish life. At PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County’s Fun Zone, families enjoyed Purim-themed games, crafts, stories and a special opportunity to give tzedakah for those less fortunate.
The crowd also wrote messages of hope and strength on a huge banner that will hang with many others in the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when students return on Wednesday.
The CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival was 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 Association for Residential Care, 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 was an In-Kind Sponsor of the CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival, and The Florida Jewish Home was the Newspaper Sponsor. Smiles by Dr. W. & Dr. R. Orthodontics, and Florida Blue, sponsored the PJ Library Fun Zone.