Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a family Purim celebration on Sunday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event is free and open to the community. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, as is customary during the Jewish holiday of Purim.

 The Megillah, the Book of Esther traditionally read on Purim, will be read in an abbreviated form to appeal to children. (The Megillah will be read in its entirety at Purim services on Saturday evening, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m.)

A Purim carnival will follow the kid-friendly Megillah reading.  The carnival will feature a bouncy house, games, food, and prizes.  There will also be a costume parade.

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“Purim is a fun holiday for the entire family. We look forward to welcoming the community to Congregation Beth Israel for this wonderful day,” said Elly Bauman, Education Director of Congregation Beth Israel. 

Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving the religious, cultural, educational and social needs of congregants from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield and surrounding towns.  Its award-winning Religious School offers classes from pre-school through 12th grade, as well as special needs instruction.  Synagogue membership is not required for programs through second grade.

For more information, contact the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ  (corner of Martine Avenue).