Purim season is back in Atlanta and so are the many fun events that the holiday brings. Skim through our Purim event calendar below to see everything Atlanta has to offer for Purim 2016.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Spiel. Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside, holds its Purim spiel, “$25,000 PURIMid,” along with Havdalah, drinks and desserts, at 8 p.m. Free; RSVP to email@example.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Family celebration. Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs, holds its family Purim celebration, starting with a family Megillah reading and sensory-sensitive reading at 10:15 a.m. and continuing with a carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 per child 3 and older (food is extra); templesinaiatlanta.org/worship/purim.
Parade. Congregation Beth Jacob holds its annual community Purim parade at 11 a.m. from the Toco Hill Shopping Center at LaVista and North Druid Hills roads to Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills. Enter a float — which can be a truck, a car or a group walking with a banner — at www.bethjacobatlanta.org/purim-parade-festival#. Free; firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-633-0551, ext. 233.
Carnival. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, holds a Purim carnival with a costume parade, games, inflatables and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per child or $25 per family for members or $15 per child or $35 per family for nonmembers; aasynagogue.org/worship/holidays.html.
Carnival. The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Midtown, holds a Purim carnival with entrance to preschoolers at 11 a.m. and to everyone at 11:30. Admission is free, with a charge for activities and food; the-temple.org or email@example.com.
Carnival. Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, East Cobb, holds a Purim carnival from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, with a charge for activities and food; www.kolemeth.net or 770-973-3533.
Family party. Jewish Kids Groups and Brookhaven Bayit @ OVS hold a Purim party from noon to 1 p.m. at Congregation Or VeShalom, 1681 North Druid Hills Road, Brookhaven. Free; www.jewishkidsgroups.com/purim-party-2016.html.
Open house. Berman Commons, 2026 Womack Road, Dunwoody, celebrates its first anniversary and Purim from 2 to 4 p.m. with a toast, hamantaschen, and music by the Chaverim Klezmer Band and violinist Boris Savchuk. Free; 678-222-7500.
Hamantaschen making. The Sixth Point gathers adults for a costume-optional session baking the triangular treats from 2 to 5 p.m. at 2884 Parkridge Drive, Brookhaven. Admission is $5; thesixthpoint.org or 470-210-6847.
MONDAY, MARCH 21
Hamantaschen workshop. The Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, teaches adults the history and making of the Purim treats at 7 p.m. Admission is $35 for JCC members, $50 for nonmembers; register by March 19 at www.atlantajcc.org/holy-hamantashen or 678-812-3971.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Pizza and Esther. Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, offers a free dinner of pizza and salad at 5:30 p.m. and the full Megillah at 6:30 p.m. Free; bethshalomatlanta.org/erev-purim or 770-399-5300.
Super celebration. Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, includes superhero training in its holiday celebration, starting with a carnival for children 6 and under at 5:30 p.m. and continuing with an early childhood Megillah experience and a carnival for those 7 and older at 6:30, Maariv at 7:15, and the Megillah reading at 7:30. Free (food available for purchase); www.bnaitorah.org/purim-events-march-23-24.
Festivities. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, celebrates the start of Purim with a family dance party at 5:45 p.m., a Megillah reading at 6:30 and a klezmer concert by the Marlatov Cocktails at 8. Admission is $5 for those 21 and older, including one drink, and free for those younger; aasynagogue.org/worship/holidays.html.
Pre-Megillah family fun. Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside, holds a family dinner with festivities at 6 p.m., followed by a costume parade and Megillah reading at 7. Free (boxes of mac and cheese can be bought for $3 to use as groggers); RSVP to Natalie Surpris at 404-873-1743.
Hypnotic celebration. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, East Cobb, offers a magical reading of the Book of Esther with a spiel featuring hypnotist Gary Conrad at 7:30 p.m. Free; www.etzchaim.net or 770-973-0137.
Heroes & Villains Purim Party. YJP Midtown Atlanta’s party for young professionals, featuring such drinks as the Shushan Moonshine, Morde-High, Gin ’N’ Taschen, Flamin’ Haman and Mordtini, begins at 7:45 p.m., with the Megillah reading at 8:15, at 11th Frame, 1940 Piedmont Circle, Midtown. Tickets are $5 until March 20, then $10; www.yjpmidtownatlanta.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Brazilian celebration. Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone, holds “Purim in Brasil” at 5 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $50 per family until March 15 and $20 each or $70 per family afterward; chabadsouthside.com.
Children’s celebration. Congregation Anshi S’fard, 1324 N. Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland, in cooperation with the PJ Library and Atlanta Scholars Kollel, features Haman-led pony rides, crafts, balloon artists and more from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-969-6763.
Splash celebration. Chabad of North Fulton, 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, offers the chance to dunk Haman as part of its family carnival and Megillah reading at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 (dinner is extra); www.chabadnf.org.
New York celebration. Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road, East Cobb, reads the Megillah and provides New York-style food and family fun at 6 p.m. Reservations are $10 each or $36 per family by March 18, $15 and $46 after that; www.chabadofcobb.com or 770-565-4412.
Celebration in the stars. Chabad Intown, 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Midtown, offers a multimedia Megillah reading, a cosmic spiel and more fun at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for children, $18 for adults; www.chabadintown.org/purim.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
Preschool parade. The Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, hosts a Purim parade and costume contest for the Weinstein School at 10 a.m. on Main Street, followed by a Purim-flavored Shabbat sing-along in the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. Free; www.atlantajcc.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
South-side celebration. Congregation B’nai Israel, 1633 Highway 54 East, Fayetteville, offers a Purim extravaganza with games, a spiel, costumes, hamantaschen and a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for children and $10 for adults in advance or $10 and $12 at the door; bnai-israel.net/project/purim-extravaganza-2016.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27
Carnival. Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, holds its Out of This World Purim carnival from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including the Amazing Race Adventure for fifth- to seventh-graders. Admission, including all activities, is $10 by March 22, $15 at the door (lunch is $4 to $7); bethshalomatlanta.org/purim-carnival.