Adat Shalom: Thursday, Feb. 21, bake Hamentashen with Sisterhood, 9 a.m. to noon at Adat Shalom; Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Megillah reading, costume parade and treats for adults and kids, family service 7 p.m. and adult Megillah reading with David Haviv; Sunday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., annual Purim Carnival.; there is a charge.
Agudath Achim Congregation: Purim Party sponsored by Sisterhood at Laurel Lodge Saturday, Feb. 23, 5:45 p.m. Megillah reading, dinner, dancing and adult beverages. Don Verderame/Boomerang Sound DJ for the evening. Children welcome; lower level lodge for pizza, fruit, cookies and beverages with baby sitter on site.
Beth El Congregation of the South Hills: Saturday, Feb. 23, Mincha with Torah reading/Maariv 5:15 p.m.; pasta dinner, wine and cheese, no charge, followed by Megillah reading 6:30 p.m.; Purim carnival, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; games, prizes, moon bounce, silent and Chinese auctions and an Israeli food fair. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Beth Israel Congregation, Washington, Pa: Rabbi David Novitsky will conduct the Megillah reading at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, during religious school.
Beth Samuel Jewish Center: Sunday, Feb. 24, Megillah reading 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; carnival 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; games, prizes, popcorn, hamantaschen, hot dogs.
Congregation Beth Shalom: Purim carnival Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; games, prizes, face paint, crafts, music, hamantaschen, hot dogs. There is a charge; proceeds benefit USY. Contact Carolyn Gerecht, youth director at 412-421-2411 for more information.
Chabad of CMU: Chili ‘n’ Megillah, Sat., 8 p.m. at Chabad of CMU; Megillah reading; bagels, lox and Megillah, Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Purim celebration with live music, costume prizes and food.
Chabad Fox Chapel: 1343 Old Freeport Road, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. Juggling by the “One Man Sideshow,” David Darwin, from “America’s Got Talent”; shawarma, Israeli salad, falafel and hummus; multimedia Megillah reading.
Chabad Monroeville: Purim Italian style, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Monroeville, 2750 Mosside Blvd.; entertainer Dave Dawrin, semifinalist from “America’s Got Talent,” multimedia Megillah reading; themed lunch, hamantashen, music and dancing; there is a charge.
Chabad of Pittsburgh: Grand Purim Party Sunday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., 6401 Forbes Ave. Chinese food, music, dancing, Purim crafts, entertainment with a drum circle; multimedia Megillah reading 4:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. drum circle 5:30 p.m.; there is a charge.
Congregation Emanu-El Israel Greensburg: adult Purim party Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Doctor Seuss theme. Contact CEI office at 724-834-0560 for more information. Religious school Purim carnival, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. All ages welcome.
Congregation Dor Hadash: Magical Mystery Spiel 2013 Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5898 Wilkins Ave.; Havdalah 6:30 p.m., Megillah reading 6:45 p.m.; movie for kids during adult party. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-422-5158 for more information.
Hillel Jewish University Center: Thursday, Feb. 21, Purim Palooza 8 p.m., a variety show featuring The VoKols, a Jewish a capella group, and the Pitt Improv Club; Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m., Purim Schmooze and Schmear at the William Pitt with bagels, cream cheese, lox and hamentaschen. Also Saturday, Feb. 23, J’Burgh is hosting Purim @ Hard Rock beginning with a Megillah reading at 8:15 p.m. There is a charge.
Congregation Poale Zedeck: Megillah readings Saturday, Feb. 23, main sanctuary at 7:40 p.m.; family friendly at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Megillah reading 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Purim Seudah dinner banquet Sunday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.; registration is required at 412-421-9786, email@example.com or visit pzonline.org.; there is a charge. PZ Megillahs and Machiatos, grades six to nine, Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Rodef Shalom Congregation: Purim Nite Extravaganza to Alleviate Hunger, Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.; suggested donation; Havdallah, Megillah reading, bingo, baby sitting, parents night in, movie for kids; Jewish response to hunger sandwich making for a homeless shelter; Helene K. Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-999-2595 or Leslie Garrison at email@example.com or 412-621-6566, ext. 122 for more information. Purim carnival Spiel Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.; rodefshalom.org/event/purim for complete schedule and information.
Shaare Torah: Saturday, Feb. 23, Maariv 7:25 p.m. with Megillah reading followed by Havdallah and Purim celebration, sponsored Sisterhood, and costume parade. Additional Megillah reading at 10:30 p.m. The Megillah reading at night and during the day will be broadcast on the Internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shaaretorah.
Temple B’nai Israel: Megillah service Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m, followed by a pasta dinner. There is a charge and reservations are required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Beth Israel, Altoona: Purim celebration Friday, Feb. 22, with pizza dinner and hamentashchen followed by music and worship with Rabbi Audrey Korotkin and participatory Megillah reading.
Temple Ohav Shalom: Sunday, Feb. 24, Megillah reading and Story of Purim 9:45 a.m.; carnival and Israeli dancing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Temple David: Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel. “The Megillah According to Rodgers & Hammerstein”; Sunday, Feb. 24 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purim carnival and used book sale.
Temple Sinai: Saturday, Feb. 23, Purim pizza party 6 p.m.; there is a charge. RSVP email@example.com; Purim Shpiel, “The Lion Queen,” 7 p.m., original adaptation of the Megillah; free and open to community; Esther’s Banquet 8:30 p.m., adults-only gathering for adult conversations stemming from the Megillah; Sunday, Feb. 24, Purim family Aseyfah 10:15 a.m., pre K-5th-grade children parade in costumes; Purim carnival 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; there is a charge. Contact Nicole Mezare at 412-421-9715, ext. 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha: Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. Megillah reading followed by free hot dog dinner and Purim Spiel performance; Sunday, Feb. 24,10 a.m. Purim carnival; tololspgh.org for more information.
Yeshiva Schools: Megillah reading Saturday night and Sunday morning, minyan at 8 followed by Megillah reading and 9:15 minyan followed by Megillah reading; Purim Seudah at Lubavitch Center Sunday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.; live music and dancing; David Darwin, finalist of “America’s Got Talent”; there is a charge. RSVP to 412-422-7300.