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Purim 5780 Events: Celebrate with Family and CBE!

Join us!

The festive holiday of Purim is an annual highlight at Congregation Beth Elohim, featuring a series of community-wide services and celebrations.

Click on event in the list below for more event details and to purchase tickets for the Purim Shpiel & Party, sign up and pay for the Purim Pizza Dinner, and order Purim Gift Bags from Sisterhood!   

Participate in these additional ways!

  • Purchase Purim Gift Bags from the Sisterhood's Mishloach Manot Purim Gift Bag Fundraiser.  CLICK HERE!
  • Help us read the Megillah!  If you’d like to help us read the Megillah, contact Cantor Sarra (cantorsarra@bethelohim.org). Everyone is welcome to chant in Hebrew or read a part in English, Russian, Japanese, Yiddish – or any other language!
  • Fulfill an important mitzvah of Purim ("matanot l’evyonim").  Bring donations of canned goods for the Acton Food Pantry to the Purim Service and Megillah Reading and to the Sunday, March 8 Purim Shpiel performances.  In addition, the CBE Chesed Committee will be collecting donations (cash or check) for the Yad Chessed Purim Program at the CBE Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel shows.  To learn about Yad Chessed's mission, CLICK HERE.

 

Purim Shpiel!

Plan to attend one of our three performances of our annual Purim shpiel.   A Purim shpiel traditionally tells the Purim story (how Queen Esther saved the Jews in ancient Persia) but in a humorous and musical context. Our version this year is an original musical parody, boasting a cast of all ages and a secret theme.

At all Purim Shpiel performances, the Chesed committee will be collecting donations (cash or check) for the Yad Chessed Purim Program.  CLICK HERE to learn about Yad Chessed's mission.

Shpiel Opening Night Performance & Party

Saturday, March 7, 6:45 PM

 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS! 

Join us for opening night of the 5780 Purim Shpiel!  Be the first audience members to see this year's shpiel. Then, celebrate with the cast and CBE community afterwards. The party will include appetizers, desserts and a cash bar.

6:45 PM - Havdallah
7:00 PM - Performance
8:15 to 9:30 PM - Appetizer and Dessert Party with cash bar

Cost is $25, in advance, by March 7 at 5 PM,  and will be $30 at the door.  

 

Shpiel Sunday Performances

Sunday, March 8, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Join us for one of the Shpiel performances that are open to the public and free,  with a requested donation of a non-perishable food item for the Acton Food Pantry and/or a donation (cash or check) to Yad Chessed.  


 

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 8, Approximately 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the CBE Social Hall.   

Start time is approximately 15 minutes after the morning Purim Shpiel performance is over.  

Before or after the Shpiel performance, bring your kids to the Purim Carnival brought to you by the CBE Brotherhood and Ariel Ometz BBYO.  There will be games, prizes, face painting, as well as a light lunch and hamantaschen for purchase.


 

CBE's Community Purim Service and Megillah Reading

Monday, March 9th

Purim Services at 6:00 PM

Megillah Reading beginning at 6:30 PM

 

CBE’s Community Purim Services and Megillah Reading are a highlight of the year. This year, over 30 adults, teens, and children from our CBE community will chant verses from the Megillah! Join Rabbi Mike and Cantor Sarra in telling the story of Esther with costumes, comedy, and music. Renowned Klezmer musician Barry Shapiro will accompany members of CBE’s own Klezmer Band to make this is a special musical event. If you’d like, bring homemade noisemakers and wear a costume!

If you’d like to help us read the Megillah, contact Cantor Sarra (cantorsarra@bethelohim.org). Everyone is welcome to chant in Hebrew or read a part in English, Russian, Japanese, Yiddish – or any other language!

To fulfill an important mitzvah of Purim ("matanot l’evyonim"),  we will be collecting donations for two charities at this service.  We will be collecting donations for the Acton Food Pantry, so please bring a canned good.   Also, this year, we will be collecting donations for Yad Chessed.  Click HERE to learn about Yad Chessed's mission.

Mr. Shapiro, a Klezmer and Jazz pianist and accordionist, is a graduate of The New England Conservatory. One of the founding members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (along with Hankus Netsky, CBE’s 2009 Artist in Residence), he currently leads and plays with several bands, including the “Barry Shapiro Orchestra,” and teaches Israeli dancing.


 

Purim Pizza Dinner

Join us before Purim Services for Pizza and Salad! 

Monday, March 9 ♦ 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Everyone is welcome!

Help us plan by letting us know, by March 7th, that you will join us!  RSVP is requested, but not required.  Sign up and pay HERE or you can RSVP by email to Beth Goldstein at bethg@bethelohim.org.

Cost: $8 per person; $25 per family maximum.


 

Sisterhood's Mishloach Manot Purim Gift Bag Fundraiser

CLICK HERE to place your order by February 20, 2020!

Participate in the age-old tradition of giving gifts of food to family and friends for Purim. It's a mitzvah!  Sisterhood makes it easy for you!  We fill gift bags with yummy treats, including homemade hamantaschen and hand deliver them to any CBE member!

Have non-member friends or family you would like to include?  No problem! You can either pick up the Purim bags at CBE or have them delivered to your address.  You can deliver the bags yourself and see the recipient's happy faces first-hand!


 

CBE Supporting Two Charities at Purim

To fulfill an important mitzvah of Purim ("matanot l’evyonim"),  we will be supporting two charities.

We will be collecting donations for the Acton Food Pantry at the Purim Service and Megillah Reading.

The Chesed Committee will be collecting donations to support Yad Chessed at the Purim Shpiel performances and at the Purim Service and Megillah Reading.  You may donate cash or donate by check made out to "Yad Chessed".

Yad Chessed is a non-profit agency that provides emergency financial assistance to Jewish individuals and families in need in Massachusetts. Many of our clients live on incomes of $2,000 or less per month. Yad Chessed provides support to eligible clients for items such as; rent, utilities, food, clothing, medical and dental needs.

In addition to emergency assistance, Yad Chessed provides grocery food cards on several Jewish holidays. Our largest holiday support is provided on Purim. Yad Chessed has developed a unique community-wide program in support of the custom of matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor), helping to both identify Jewish people in need and ensure that donations reach them on Purim. Typically, more than $100,000 is raised each year from synagogues, minyanim, colleges and day schools across Massachusetts. This fundraising effort provides more than 700 families with grocery food cards for Purim. 80% of all donations made towards Purim will be distributed for Purim and 20% will be allocated to the community emergency assistance fund to help Jewish individuals and families in need throughout the rest of the year. To learn more please visit www.yadchessed.org

Fri, May 29 2020 6 Sivan 5780