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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

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.

Purim – Tuesday, March 10

7:15am: Morning Minyan & Megillah Reading



PURIM UPDATES in Response to COVID-19
The full Megillah reading will livestreamed, click here to view.
We have adjusted our Purim plans for this year. We will NOT be holding a separate Kids’ Carnival on Sunday. Tickets will be refunded automatically. We WILL gather on Purim evening— Monday, March 9 at 7pm— for our Megillah reading and shpiel, but have canceled the party after the reading. Please click here to view the full communication distributed to all community members.


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