Photo courtesy of Alpert JCC
Photo courtesy of Alpert JCC

Purim Carnivals and Celebrations Are All Over Los Angeles this Week

Not too sure what Purim is? Let's just say it's something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous rabbinical revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all. But Purim is worth knowing. Its story has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at community carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim activities, costume parades,  carnival games, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story.

And if you know of a great celebration we've missed, please let us know!

IKAR at Shalhevet
910 S Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Village Synagogue of Los Angeles
7866 Fountain Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Temple Israel of Hollywood
7300 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Adat Ari El
12020 Burbank Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607

Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607

Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356

Valley Beth Shalom
15739 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436

Sinai Temple
10400 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Santa Monica Synagogue
1448 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Temple Emanuel
300 N. Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Stephen S Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Malibu Jewish Center
24855 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

Chabad of Pacific Palisades
17315 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90077

Alpert Jewish Community Center
3801 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Temple Menorah
1101 Camino Real
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Chabad Jewish Center of Palos Verdes
28041 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 202-203
Rancho Palos Verdes , CA 90275

Chabad of South Bay
24412 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
Jurassic Quest Drive-thru (Rose Bowl)
Rose Bowl Stadium - 9:00 AM
Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 - 12:00 PM
Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain - 6:00 PM
Electric Dusk Drive-In 2021
Various Locations, including Sears Parking Lot - 7:00 PM
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