March 11: Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel, “The Wizard of PersOz” performed by the Adat Shalom Religious School Players, 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow. March 12: Purim Carnival and lunch 11 a.m. Visit the Shushan Salon; enjoy the Dairy “Queen Esther” sundae bar; games, prizes and hamantaschen. This event is free; a suggested donation of $5 per person, $20 family maximum, will be included in the donations for the Tzedekah projects of each religious school class.
Beth El, Temple Emanuel and South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh
March 11: Free Purim dinner 6 p.m.; Costume Parade 6:30 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Havdalah and family-friendly Megillah reading; 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., Beatles Shpiel; 8 p.m., traditional Megillah reading.
RSVP at bethelcong.org/events/purim or call 412-561-1168.
Beth Samuel Jewish Center
March 12: Megillah reading 10 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Purim party. Admission includes brunch and unlimited game play; members $10/guests $15/children under 5 free. 724-266-5238, bethsamuel.org.
Community Day School
March 10: Middle school students will lead a Megillah reading for the entire school in the morning; Tefillah Council participants will then present a Purim shpiel, which will be followed by a special production of “Hadassah,” the communitywide shpiel. Lower school and intermediate school students will enjoy a carnival run by Tefillah Council, while middle school students have a Purim Casino.
Congregation Beth Shalom
March 10: 1 p.m. Early Learning Center all school family Purim. March 11: Family Megillah reading 7 p.m.; Havdalah, 8 p.m.; sneak peek of “Hadassah, a Persian Musical,” 8:30 p.m. Refreshments with full Megillah reading to follow. March 12: Meghillah reading 8 a.m.; Purim Carnival 10 a.m.
Congregation B’nai Abraham
March 10: Religious school, youth group and adults will present a Purimschpiel, “Shushan, Persia!” a takeoff of “Oklahoma!” after Shabbat service at 7 p.m. At the oneg, congregants will compete to be crowned the Oneg King or Queen with their homemade dessert.
Chabad of Monroeville
March 11: Comedy night hosted by Bob Korfin and Megilah reading 7:45 p.m. March 12: Purim in the Shtetl, 4 p.m. Visit jewishmonroeville.com or call 412-372-1000 to RSVP or for more information.
Chabad of Pittsburgh
March 12: Purim Fest with Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier; Megillah reading 4:30 p.m., Chinese dinner and magical origami show 5 p.m. $12 for adults, $6 per child. RSVP 412-421-3561 or email@example.com.
Congregation Emanu-El Israel
March 11: 11 a.m. Tot Shabbat with a Purim theme for youngsters under 6 and their families. Costumes encouraged, but not mandatory. Megillah d’Esther ala Italiano, for adults, Purim Italian Style at 7 p.m. at 222 North Main St., Greensburg; refreshments including pizza and plenty of vino. Learn how dangerous a Jewish woman can be. Costumes encouraged, but not mandatory. March 12: Religious school Purim celebration, everyone invited, 10 a.m.
March 12: Purim Party — Purim in the Safari, 5 to 7 p.m., Megillah reading at 4:30 p.m. at the Friendship Circle; live jungle dance performance, festive dinner, arts and crafts, King of the Jungle talent quest, airbrush tattoos. RSVP at fcpgh.org, call 412-224-4440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12: Family Purim Chagiga, beginning at 11 a.m. with Megillah reading.
Jewish Community Center
March 12: Snyder Family Purim Carnival 1 to 3 p.m. Bounce Entertainment, live DJ, interactive dancers and activities. Children under 2 are free.
VIP tickets: $2 off unlimited bracelet, early access to the carnival at 12:45 p.m. VIP tickets must be reserved by Friday, March 10, by calling 412-697-3540; contact Meredith Brown, 412-697-3520 with questions. ShpielBurgh Productions presents “Hadassah — A Persian Musical,” communitywide shpiel based on the musical “Hamilton,” 3:15 p.m. in Katz Theater. Tickets at HadassahMusical.EventBrite.com.
March 11: Purim Seudah 5 p.m.; Megillah reading at Lubavitch Center “Every hour on the hour” on Saturday night until 1 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Light Congregation
March 11: Dinner, 6 p.m., $15 per person; services with Megillah reading, 7 p.m. Costumes welcome.
Rodef Shalom Congregation
March 10: Purim luncheon for seniors, 11 a.m. with special show from the Family Center kids. RSVP to Mimsie Leyton at email@example.com or 412-621-6566, ext. 127. March 11: 6 p.m., 30 minute Megillah reading; light snacks and groggers will be provided. March 12: Free Purim Carnival 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brotherhood’s hot dog lunch and the Family Center’s bake sale; Mishpacha Morning: ages 2 to 5, 10 a.m.
March 11: Maariv at 7:45 p.m. including Megillah reading and followed by Purim celebration, additional Megillah reading 10:30 p.m. March 12: A “Purimantis Seudah” with hot and cold deli sandwiches, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; there is a charge; reservations required; contact office@ShaareTorah.net or 412-421-8855.
South Hills Community Purim Carnival at Jewish Community Center South Hills
March 12: 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; hosted by Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, Temple Emanuel of South Hills, South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh, BBYO, Chabad of South Hills and the JCC-South Hills. Face-painting, inflatable obstacle course, moon bounce, balloon artist; Megillah reading 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.; carnival games and prizes. Advance ticket and all-inclusive bracelet sales and more information available at Beth El Congregation, main office 412-561-1168; Temple Emanuel religious school office, 412-279-7600; JCC-South Hills front desk, 412-278-1975.
March 11: Potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a reading of the Megillah and the Purim shpiel “The Little Mermaideleh.” March 12: Weird Eric will perform magic and balloon art at 10 a.m. The Purim event is for all ages and will be especially fun for kids.
March 11: 6:15 p.m. songs, Megillah readings and Wizard of Oz Shpiel written by Cantor Laura Berman; 7:15 p.m. oneg; 7:45 p.m. Latke-Hamentash Debate featuring Dr. Cyril Wecht, Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Rich Fitzgerald, county executive, and Jay Silberblatt. March 12: Purim Carnival 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All day passes $10; children under 10 free.
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha
March 11: 6:15 p.m. free dinner; 7 p.m. Megillah reading for children and families; 7 p.m. traditional Megillah reading in the Pervin Chapel. RSVP to Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-521-6788. March 12: Purim Carnival 10 a.m. to noon.