Purim Roundup

Purim Roundup

Children at Chabad of the South Hills Hebrew School of the Arts welcomed the month of Adar with extra joy. They are creating original puppets of characters in the Purim story. (Chabad of the South Hills photo)
Children at Chabad of the South Hills Hebrew School of the Arts welcomed the month of Adar with extra joy. They are creating original puppets of characters in the Purim story. (Chabad of the South Hills photo)  

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 admin@dorhadash.net 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, info@pzonline.org 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 hskburke@yahoo.com or 412-999-2595 or Leslie Garrison at garrison@rodefshalom.org 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 tbioffice@gmail.com.

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  dhaber@temple-sinaipgh.org; 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 nmezare@templesinaipgh.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.