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Purim Events: Purim Service and Megillah Reading, Shpiel, and Carnival

Join us for our Purim Events!


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 details and to purchase tickets for the Purim Shpiel & Party and sign up and pay for the Purim Pizza Dinner!   


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.

Shpiel Performance & Party

Saturday, March 16, 7:00 PM



Join us for opening night of the 5779 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.

7:00 PM - Performance
8:00 to 9:30 PM - Party!

Cost is $25, in advance, by March 15 at 5 PM,  and will be $30 at the door.  

Shpiel Performances

Sunday, March 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM and 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Join us for one of the Shpiel performances that are free and open to the public, with a requested donation of a non-perishable food item for the Acton Food Pantry.  


Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17, 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

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!

We will be collecting donations for the Acton Food Pantry in order to fulfill an important mitzvah of Purim ("matanot l’evyonim"), so please bring a canned good. All are welcome!

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! 

Wednesday, March 20 ♦ 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Everyone is welcome!

RSVP by March 18!   Sign up and pay HERE or you can RSVP by email to Beth Goldstein at

Cost: $5 per person; $20 per family maximum.

Mon, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779