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!
Places featured in this article:
IKAR at Shalhevet
Village Synagogue of Los Angeles
Temple Israel of Hollywood
Temple Beth Hillel
Stephen S Wise Temple
Malibu Jewish Center
Chabad of Pacific Palisades
Chabad Jewish Center of Palos Verdes