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Celebrate Purim 2024

Grab your groggers - it's time to celebrate Purim! 

  • Shabbat Yeladim - Purim Celebration | 3.1 | 5:30 PM | Temple Beth-El | Northbrook | A fun Shabbat experience for families with children 2nd grade & younger at Temple Beth-El. Older siblings and grandparents are welcome to attend & participate. Join us as we celebrate Purim and make special masks for the upcoming holiday. Come dressed in your favorite super hero (or any) costume!

  • jBaby Purim Prep Party | 3.10 | 10 AM | Congregation Kneseth Israel | Elgin | Let's get ready for Purim! Make DIY groggers and play dough hamantaschen, read Purim stories, eat (real) hamantaschen and other goodies, and play with new friends. Costumes are encouraged!

  • Shushan Shuffle 5K | 3.17 | 9 AM | Temple Jeremiah | Northfield | On Sunday, March 17th, our day of Purim activities begins with the 21st Annual Shushan Shuffle 5K Run/Walk! Start Purim off with a great workout for a great cause. Run or walk with other Temple Jeremiah members. Bring your friends! Proceeds from this run/walk will benefit SHALVA. For questions, contact Danny Glassman or 847.441.5760 ext. 102. SHALVA's mission is to promote tranquility and safety in Jewish homes and relationships through the prevention and alleviation of domestic abuse.

  • Purim at the Palace with Stages | 3.17 | 9 AM | Beth Judea | Long Grove | FREE for the Purim at the Palace and all are welcome to stay for the Carnival (tot hour 9:45-10:45am, $25 wristbands)

  • Music and Story of Purim | 3.17 | 10:30 AM | Temple Jeremiah | Northfield | Join Temple Jeremiah for our mini Purim Spiel with music, the story of Purim, and some costume fun! It's free to attend and immediately precedes our Purim Carnival!

  • K'ilu Back in Time Purim Adventure | 3.17 | 3:30 PM | JRC | Evanston | Back-in-Time Purim Adventure – Open to everyone! For 3 to 8 year olds and their families Presented by The K’ilu Company Travel back in time to help Queen Esther save the Jewish people of Shushan in this interactive theatrical adventure that brings the Purim story to life through immersive storytelling, music, movement and play. This incredible, interactive, imaginative theater-based program is brought to JRC by the K’ilu Company, which specializes in early childhood play. This story-focused program is designed for families of all backgrounds.

  • jBaby Purim Meet-Up: Costumes and Coffee | 3.23 | 10 AM | Soul Good Coffee at Sketchbook | Skokie | Ring in Purim with us at Soul Good Coffee (located inside Sketchbook Brewery). Spend a cozy morning celebrating with jBaby families, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea, and take advantage of the perfect family photo opp (costumes encouraged for babies, toddlers and grown-ups). One complimentary beverage from Soul Good per grown-up, Hamantashan and festive crafts will be provided.

  • jBaby Tot Purim Playdate | 3.23 | 10 AM | KAM Isaiah Israel | Hyde Park | Join us for a Tot friendly (geared towards ages 0-4) for a Purim Playdate! Enjoy some hamantaschen, dress up your tots, and enjoy a craft. Mishloach minot (take home goodie bags) for adults will also be provided.

  • Young Families Purim Spiel & Havdallah with Stages Chicago | 3/23 | 4:30 PM | Or Shalom | Vernon Hills | We are thrilled to welcome Stages Chicago to Or Shalom for Purim! Stages Chicago is an arts education program founded in 2016 that is dedicated to bringing the highest quality, developmentally appropriate performing arts experiences to children and families. Stages will present the story of Purim through showtunes we all know and love. Get ready to sing your heart out, laugh, and dance along with the talented cast and your Or Shalom friends. After the show, we will enjoy Havdallah and a pizza dinner together. This event is free of cost thanks to the generosity of JUF Chicago and PJ Library. Members AND non-members are welcome with registration.

  • PurimFest at JRC | 3.24 | 10 AM | JRC | Evanston | Celebrate Purim with our fun, laid back Purim event for families! We'll start with some Megillah, songs, and costume parade, and then, play fun games. Don't miss hamantaschen baked by JRC members.

  • Young Family Purim Schpiel and Carnival | 3.24 | 10:30 AM | Beth Emet | Evanston | Celebrate Purim at Beth Emet! Enjoy an (age appropriate) Purim schpiel with lots of singing, and everyone is invited to wear costumes. Afterwards, the Purim Carnival opens for Young Families, and lunch is available too. Everyone is welcome!

  • jBaby Purim Party! | 3.24 | 10:30 AM | Bubbles Academy | Highland Park | On Purim we read the story of brave Queen Esther and celebrate with raucous joy! Join the festivities with jBaby North Suburban Ambassadors at Bubbles Academy, Highland Park. You bring the cute baby in costume and leave the groggers (noisemakers), hamantaschen (triangle cookies) and mishloach minot (take home goodie bags) to us! This Purim celebration is geared toward families with children 0-2 years old.

“Wonderful teachers and other staff, love the music and drama teachers who visit and the use of the natural setting in the classroom.”

JUF Right Start Family