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Purim at Congregation B’nai Torah

LONGMEADOW – Purim at Congregation B’nai Torah (CBT) will begin Thursday, Feb. 25 with Maariv followed by Megillah and Zoom at 6:05 p.m. 

On Friday, Feb. 26, Purim Shacharit & Megillah reading at CBT and Zoom will take place at 7 a.m.
A Drive-in Megillah reading will take place at 10:30 a.m. (safely done from your vehicle.) Mishloach Manot/Shabbat pick-up will be at 1:15 a.m., with Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:15 p.m.

For more information, emailoffice@bnaitorahma.org


A Taste of Purim

LONGMEADOW – To fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the Megillah once by night and once by day, live and in person, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will hold multiple readings in order to maintain social distance on Thursday night, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26. You must reserve a time slot to attend.

Call Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky for times and to sign up at (413) 567-8665, ext., 17. LYA rabbis will also read Megillah for people at home, first come, first served. Please call Rabbi Yakov Wolff at (413) 567-8665, ext. 19 for more information.

LYA will also offer A Taste of Purim with a menu offered in this Purim poem:

Purim fun is on its way
Reserve your Taste of
urim today!
Meal includes deli sub, and on the side
cole slaw, pasta & pickle we will provide
hamentash, of course we will include
For the festive meal with your food
So come one, come all and reserve
For the Holiday of Purim to observe

Curbside pick-up for Taste of Purim will be at LYA, 1148 Converse St., on Friday, Feb. 26  from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. RSVP by Monday, Feb.  22 to Rabbi Yakov Wolff at (413) 567-8665, ext. 19 or rabbiymwolff@gmail.com.
$5 suggested donation per person.


Mixology and Megillah

Congregation B’nai Shalom of Westborough will celebrate Purim this year with a variety of fun activities. Erev Purim, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 p.m., we’ll celebrate with Mixology and Megilah. Join Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz and friends for cocktail and mock-tail demos, along with a little alternative Megillah reading muddled in for good measure. Friday evening, Feb. 26 at 6:45 p.m. – LIVE FROM PERSIA – it’s Shushan Night Live!, our Purim Shpiel written by and featuring our Chai School students. And, Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll be holding a Purim CAR-nival, dress up yourself and your car for a Purim parade (there will be prizes), followed by a drive-in songfest. Details on all these events can be found at www.cbnaishalom.org.


Springfield Community Purim Celebration

SPRINGFIELD – Join Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple and the Springfield Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. for a virtual Magic Show with Sammie and Tudie. Sammie and Tudie have been performing for over 20 years. They create a zany, side-splitting comedy that is interactive and playful (with a side of mischief) Designed especially for elementary students, but all ages are welcome! Login with this Zoom link.

This year’s shpiel, written by Sinai Temple’s Rabbi Jeremy Master, will be played via Zoom on Purim evening, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. This will be in lieu of a full Megillah reading. Following the shpiel, we will have a brief service and an abbreviated Megillah reading, followed by a concert with Noah Aronson, one of the most sought after Jewish musicians in North America. 

For more information, email Caryn at cresnick@tbespringfield.org.

The complete Megillah will be read on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m., during the morning minyan. Click here to join. Password: 611668 


PJ Pals & LGA make Purim costumes

Amherst – Wearable Art for Purim with the Eric Carle Museum, a virtual program of PJ Pals and Lander-Grinspoon Academy transforming everyday materials into Purim costumes for children ages 3 to 6 and their grownups, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wearable-art-for-purim-wthe-eric-carle-museum-lander-grinspoon-academy-tickets-136181920791?fbclid=IwAR0Amg0sg3ycZlAyhw3_wiyxNHraM_p2cd2pWfyYwssICMGfMr-bqnptVDw

HOLYOKE – At SOZ’s Purim Celebration via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., the SOZ Theater Company will present “To Tell the Truth (the “real” story of Purim) and an abridged reading of the Megillah.

Participants will need:

• A Megillah

• groggers or pots, pans and utensils to make a lot of noise,

• Costumes and Purim masks are encouraged.

For more information, go to office@sonsofzionholyoke.org.


Congregation Beth Israel 

WORCESTER – Purim at Congregation Beth Israel on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. will include Maariv, Megillah reading, Shpiel, and raffle drawing.

On Friday, Feb 26, at 7:30 a.m., Purim celebration will feature Shacharit and Megillah reading.

All programs will be on ZOOM.
Masks optional…

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