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Purim Video 2019:

The weird and wonderful story of Rabbi Sarah Krinsky’s Journey Home into Adas. Chag Purim Sameach!





Purim at Adas: A Journey to Everywhere and Nowhere

Wednesday, March 20 – Thursday, March 21

Free and Open to the Community!

Purim demands that we use a unique prism to peer into our lives and communities. Day in and day out, the typical windows into humanity are determined for us, but on Purim we flip the model on its head. We deploy the Book of Esther to re-frame the picture of life. We use humor where seriousness so often prevails. We mobilize laughter as the avenue from which old truths become newly experienced. We certainly can’t do Purim every day, but if we never see the world with Purim goggles, we’ll likely miss some of the sacred stuff that lies right before our hearts.

This year our Purim Prism will be “Lost@Home.” Why? Because sometimes the best way to find ourselves is to briefly lose ourselves. In other words, in order to see the reality that is “Adas” in all of its holy facets, once in awhile we must imagine it from the other side--the lost side.

To that end, we’ll be gently playing with some of the building’s more common features to create a sensation that begs one more glance, one more moment of reflection, and one more attempt at clarity.

Not all who wander are lost, the famous quote goes. But anyone who is lost gets to wander.



Full Purim Schedule

Erev Purim - Wednesday, March 20

5:30pm: Gan HaYeled Purim Program with Cantor Brown & Religious School
7:00pm: Full Megillah Reading (TEM), Gewirz Beit Am
7:00pm: *Full Megillah Reading & Purim Shpiel, Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
*Erev Purim Megillah reading will be livestreamed. Click to view the livestream.
8:45pm: Lost @ Home Party in Kay Hall

Purim – Thursday, March 21

7:15am: Morning Minyan & Megillah Reading

Free and Open to the Public! Chag Purim Sameach.



Family Purim Celebrations

For families with children who are sensitive to loud noises, feel free to contact for accommodations and other sensory-friendly events at Adas and in the community.  Please see below for additional accommodations.

Purim Sing- Along & Costume Parade
Sunday, March 17, Beginning @ 9:30am

On Sunday March 17, Families with Young Children are invited to join us for a Purim Sing-Along starting at 9:30am and leading directly into our Costume Parade at 10:00am in the Charles E Smith Sanctuary. Children 5 and under are invited for special time on the moonbounces from 10:30-11:00am in the Kay Hall and then to head downstairs with their parents to Cohen Hall for games, art, and carnival photos until noon!

2019 Adas Israel Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 17 @ 11:00am Register Here

Religious School and USY are hosting the Purim Carnival on March 17. The full carnival opens at 11 for all! Students who are enrolled in Religious School do not need to register, neither do parents. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.


Concerned about Sensory Overload on Purim?

Costumes, groggers and crowds can be overwhelming! Feel free to borrow a pair of noise-cancelling headphones from the entrance to the Smith Sanctuary.  If you need a time-out or to catch your breath, please go to our low sensory space in room 218 on the 2nd floor, which will be available during the Carnival from 9:15am-12:15pm on Sunday and from 5:30-10:30pm on Erev Purim. The room will be unlocked but will not be staffed, so children must be accompanied by adults. Adults seeking quiet are welcome on their own. Alternately, you are welcome to join us for a quieter megillah reading on Purim Day at 7:15am minyan in the Biran Bet Midrash, where the Booing of Haman happens at a lower volume. Please email to communicate any accessibility issues in advance. 


Fri, January 17 2020 20 Tevet 5780