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Purim recounts an ancient tale of humor and challenge remembering Queen Esther, Mordecai and the Jews of Shushan. Purim encourages us to stand proud as Jews and ever vigilant against prejudice and injustice. Megillat Esther, the Purim story, is a parody written to provoke laughter through exaggerated characters and ludicrous situations. Each year, we read the story with glee, make noise with our groggers, and laugh with relief when the villain is defeated. In an often-disturbing world, we maintain our strength and values by imagining happy endings.

This year, in addition to sending and receiving gifts ourselves, our focus is on another Purim mitzvah. Giving gifts to the needy, Matanot L’Evyonim. The majority of your contributions will enable us to support the needs of Congregation Beth El families who may require occasional assistance through our Hesed Fund. The needs of Jews in San Diego through our Tikkun Fund, and the needs of families in Sha'ar HaNegev, the San Diego Jewish community’s sister city in Israel situated just kilometers away from the Gaza border. Click here or call the synagogue office at 858-452-1734 to fulfill this special mitzvah. 

We’ll also enjoy the Community Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 8 at the JCC.  


5:45 pm | Family Circus Megillah Reading and program
Stone Family Sanctuary
6:30 pm | Esther’s Feast Dinner buffet
RSVP here for dinner by March 2 so we can prepare for the feast
For everyone in the Jacobs Family Community Hall followed by Circus entertainment and fun with games and Purim silliness.
7:30 pm | Traditional Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel
Stone Family Sanctuary
8:30 pm | Esther’s Party
Rabbi Shulman and Rabbi Avi invite you to a L’chaim in honor of Mordecai and Esther, the main acts of the Purim story. Enjoy Purim treats, libations, and holiday merriment. 
Beit Midrash


Volunteers are needed to help assemble the Purim boxes. Please join us on Sunday, March 1 from 9:30am to 12:00pm in the Jacobs Family Community Hall. Everyone is welcome to assemble boxes, eat bagels, and have fun together. Sign up to volunteer here. For any questions, please contact the rabbinic administrator, Michele Alexandria.

Sun, February 23 2020 28 Shevat 5780