SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Scotch Plains will hold a carnival and family-friendly services in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim on Sunday, March 20, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All events are free and open to the community.

The Purim carnival will feature a bouncy house, games, crafts, food, and prizes. It is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel’s Men’s Club, Sisterhood and Religious School. 

Congregation Beth Israel will continue its celebration of Purim on Wednesday, March 23, with two services, an earlier one for children and a later one for adults. Families with young children are encouraged to attend at 5:30 p.m. for an abbreviated kid-friendly reading of the Megillah, the Book of Esther traditionally read on Purim.  Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes, as is customary during Purim; there will be a costume parade at the end of the service. 

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The Megillah will be read in its entirety at the adult service, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 23. Adults are also encouraged to dress in costume. CBI’s Men’s Club will perform a Purim spiel (play) during the adult service.

“Purim is a wonderful opportunity for families to do fun activities together. All of the Mitzvot (or commandments) of Purim encourage socializing and doing kind deeds for others. Who doesn’t like to dress up, eat sweets and make noise with their children and grandchildren?” said Gail Beckman Buchbinder, Education Director of Congregation Beth Israel.

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