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SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Northampton – CBI graphic novel club discussion of JT Walman’s Megillat Esther, a rendition of the Book of Esther that is full of intrigue and drama; 10:30 a.m. – noon, Open to teens who have completed their bar/bat mitzvah; Register: nili@abundancefarm.org. FREE but books must be purchased in advance. 

Worcester – Congregation Beth Israel Adult Purim Party, with cocktails and dessert; DJ & dancing and other fun activities. Begins at 8 p.m., 15 Jamesbury Drive, RSVP: (508) 756-6204. Members: $15; Non-members: $20   

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Northampton – Lander-Grinspoon Academy Purim at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, with stories and songs in the museum library, followed by a Purim-themed art project, exploring costumes and disguises by making wearable art with a variety of materials, 10-11:30 a.m., Pre-register at Lander Grinspoon Facebook page, 125 West Bay Road. * geared for children ages 3-5, but all are welcome; families wishing to visit the museum may stay until noon, but there is a separate fee for admission to the museum.

Southborough – The Jewish Family Workshop IV Purim Party for  Families, at Fun and Games, Worcester Road in Framingham, 10- 11:45 a.m.; Food and refreshments will be served. RSVP: (508) 918-4632. 

Westborough –  Mini-Minyan at Beth Tikvah: “It’s Purim!” 9:15-10:45 a.m., 45 Oak St., (508) 616-9037.

Worcester – PJ /PJWOW Hamentaschen Making at Geri and Emil Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence, 2-4 p.m., 631 Salisbury St.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 

Holyoke – Congregation Sons of Zion Purim celebration; hamantashen bake from 3-6 p.m., 6 p.m.: light festive dinner; 7 p.m.: Megillah reading followed by eating hamantashen! 378 Maple St.

Holyoke – Congregation Rodphey Sholom Purim celebration, “The Comedy of Magic,” with comedian-magician show at 7 p.m.; Megillah reading starts at 7:30 p.m.; Purim Pizza Party will follow; come in costume and win a prize, doors open at 6:45 p.m., 1800 Northampton St., (413) 534-5262.

Longmeadow – Megillah reading at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) at 7:30 p.m., followed by a light dinner; performance by Maggie the Clown at 6:45 p.m.; 1148 Converse St., (413) 567-8665. FREE 

Springfield – Mary Poppins Purim at Sinai Temple, with Purim Shpiel, pizza, hamantashen, costume parade; Free pizza dinner at 6 p.m.; 1100 Dickinson St., RSVP required: (413) 736-3619. 

Springfield – Temple Beth El ‘60s-themed Community Purim Party, with refreshments, children’s activities, mitzvah- making, camaraderie and fun; megillah reading at 6 p.m., party to follow; 979 Dickinson St. 

Worcester  – Purim Shpiel at Congregation Beth Israel, with light supper and activities for kids at 6 p.m., and megillah reading at 7 p.m., 15 Jamesbury Drive, (508) 756-6204.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

Holyoke – Congregation Sons of Zion 9 a.m. minyan including “Mini Megillah Reading,” Purim minyan breakfast, and help assemble and deliver Shalach Manot, 378 Maple St.

Longmeadow – Purim at the “LYA Shtetl,” begins at 4:30 p.m.; pack Shaloch Manos in Baila’s Bakery or lace leather at Shmerel the Shoe Maker; take Shtetl selfies, write your own mezuzah at Sruli the Sofer, hear the megillah reading in the Shtetl Shul; Shtetl buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m.; Come dressed in costume and join the Purim Masquerade Contest with prizes for participants, 1148 Converse St., Reservations: (413) 567-8665. $12/adults; $6/child; $36/family max.

Longmeadow – Megilah Reading and Annual Congregation B’nai Torah Purim Party; 7:30 p.m., Megillah Reading immediately followed by Dinner Buffet; includes Community Goods & Services silent auction, costume contest with Best Costume Prizes awarded in several categories; at B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, RSVP: (413) 567-0036. $15/Adults; $5/Child (under 12); $36/(max) Family price $36.

Northampton – Purim at CBI 5779; 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. in the LGA Multipurpose Room for children ages 0-5 and their families: catered dinner and puppet show with Felicia Sloin and friends; 6:30-8 p.m. in CBI Sanctuary: Megillah reading for all ages with Aram Rubenstein Gillis and Sonia Wilk; 8:30-9:30 p.m. in CBI Library: Dance Party and Hamentaschen for all ages at CBI, 253 Prospect St., Register for catered dinner: molly@cbinorthampton.org; (413) 584-3593.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Purim Shpiel: The Whole Megillah!” celebrate Purim through son, drama, masks and merriment with Leslie Elias, artistic director of Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200; $2/suggested lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

Worcester – Purim Shpiel at Congregation Beth Israel; light supper and activities for kids starts at 6 p.m.; Megillah reading at 7 p.m., 15 Jamesbury Drive, (508) 756-6204.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Worcester – YAD Purim Shabbat , 7 p.m., at private home, mhall@jfcm.org

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

Holyoke – Congregation Sons of Zion’s 2nd Annual Purim Schpiel written by Rich Freyman and produced by The Sons of Zion Theater Co., 2 p.m., 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369 or office@sonsofzionholyoke.org.

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