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Purim at Adas: The Storm

Monday, March 9, 2020 – Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Free and Open to the Community!

"When you are in the middle of a storm cloud it's hard to think outside of it, but the only way out of the storm is to ride through it and things will be a lot clearer on the other side"
~ Jodi Ann Bickley

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 “The Storm” Why? Because sometimes the best way to appreciate the ways in which we try to control so much around us, especially the potential dangers, is to let go in ways we normally can’t. 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 stormy 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. Instead of clearing away the stuff you don’t always see, we’ll embrace it, imaginatively recreate it, and consciously inhabit it’s wild dimensions.



Full Purim Schedule

Pre-Purim Activities - Sunday, March 8

9:30am: Purim Sing-along and Costume Parade
10:15am: Adas Israel Purim Carnival

Erev Purim - Monday, March 9

6:00pm: Mincha
*Full Megillah Reading & "Rainy Day" Purim Shpiel, Charles E. Smith Sanctuary*Megillah reading will be livestreamed. Click to view the livestream.
8:45pm: "BrainStorm" Party in Kay Hall

Purim – Thursday, March 10

7:15am: Morning Minyan & Megillah Reading



Family Purim Celebrations - New For 2020!

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 8, Beginning @ 9:30am

On Sunday March 8, all families are invited to join us for a Purim Sing-Along starting at 9:30am and leading directly into our Costume Parade in the Charles E Smith Sanctuary.

2020 Adas Israel Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8 @ 10:15am - 12pm Register Here

Join the Adas Israel Education Department at the Purim Carnival on March 8th. The Full Purim Carnival opens at 10:15am for all. For children under 5, join us in the Gewirz Beit Am and Cohen Hall for games, inflatables and art. For children in kindergarten and older, join us in Wasserman Hall and Kay Hall for moonbounces, games and carnival photos.  

There is NO Religious School on Sunday, March 8th. Please be sure to register ALL CHILDREN in advance. Light snacks will be available for cash purchase. 


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 Charles E. Smith Sanctuary.  If you need a time-out or to catch your breath, please go to our low sensory space in Funger Hall on the 2nd floor, which will be available during the Carnival on Sunday, March 8th. The room will be unlocked and staffed by members of our inclusion committee. Low sensory games and children's books will be available. 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. 

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