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Thursday, Feb 25th @ 6:30 PM

Who couldn’t use a bit more joy and fun in their lives right now? As if on cue, the Jewish calendar is serving up one of the most joyous and festive occasions of the year: Purim. This boisterous celebration of the Persian Jews’ refusal to let the nay-sayers keep them down begins this year on the evening of Thurs, Feb 25, and Temple Beth-El and Tikkun Vor has a full schedule of (virtual) activities lined up.

Put on your costume – literally, there will be an online costume competition – and come to your screen at 6:30 p.m. for a quick rendition of maariv, followed (at about 6:45 p.m.) by:

  • The reading of the megillah, in a variety of languages with the de rigeur interruptions provided by you smiley using your …
  • Homemade grogger – which will be judged by our teens (for appearance and decibels – details below)
  • Singing, dancing (the latter, diy smiley)
  • Theatrics
  • Original memes produced by our religious school students (check with your local teens if you need this “splained”)

Out-of-town family and friends are welcome to join us as well!

For this evening to be a success, we need “all hands on deck”, including: costume- and grogger-makers (everyone), gift bag delivery people (please contact Sisterhood), and volunteers willing to read or chant a section of the megillah in Hebrew, English or another language of your choice (please contact Rabbi Safman if you have the skills and would like to apply them or would like to learn).

Costume and Homemade Grogger Contest!!

No need to sign up in advance to participate! The contests are open to children of “all ages”: Just prepare your Costume and/or your Grogger, and a clearly written sign with your name and email address.  For each competition, the judging will be done from screenshots of each participant, screenshots taken by our organizers and judged by our teens.  See below for the judging times for each competition.

(1) Costume-makers: Wear your Costume during the Purim celebration. Before the reading of the Second Chapter, when one hears of the contest to pick the new Queen, participants will be asked to show their Costume and their signsParticipants will not need to speak.

(2) Grogger-Makers: Have your homemade groggers on hand during the Purim celebration and use them to blot out Haman’s name whenever you hear it. Before the reading of the Third Chapter of the Megillah, when a great number of “Hamans” are uttered, participants will asked to show their Groggers and their signsParticipants will be invited to unmute their computers to demonstrate how loud their groggers are.

Winners will be announced later that evening and will also be listed in the TBE Bulletin.  All participants whose names and email addresses are readable from the screenshots will receive a certificate by email, acknowledging their participation in the contest(s).

Finally, TBE will be facilitating the traditional charitable contributions to the poor (matanot l’evyonim), which will be sent to a local food charity. You can make your contribution through the TBE website donations page. Select “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund” as the recipient and include a message saying that it’s a Purim gift.

Schedule of Activities – Purim 5781


“Main stage”

“Breakout Room”

6:30- 6:45 pm





6:55 - 7:05

Chap 1 – Vashti’s Rebellion

7:05 – 7:15

Costume contest

7:15 – 7:25

Chap 2 - Beauty contest

Purim trivia

7:25 – 7:30

Grogger contest

7:30 – 7:40

Chap 3 – Enter, Haman

7:40 – 7:48

Chap 4 – Mordechai’s Defiance

Purim charades

7:48 -7:55

Chap 5 – Esther’s Appeal

7:55 – 8:00

Presentation of Religious School Purim Memes (Visual Megillah)

8:00 – 8:06

Chap 6 – A Sleepless Night


8:06 – 8:11

Chap 7 – The Tables Turn

Purim songs

8:11 – 8:18

Chap 8 – Mordechai empowered, Jews rejoice


Chap 9 – Purim Decreed



Costume and grogger contest outcomes announced


Chap 10 – The Last Word


Click HERE to download a copy of Megillat Esther or another version HERE from Pamela Barmash
Meeting ID: 843 4914 0243 Passcode: Grogger

The Purim 5781 flyer and schedule of events can be found HERE.

Bible Players Comedy Show
Sunday, Feb 21st @ 10 AM.

A comedy show instead of our regular Religious School classes? Yes! Purim is the best and the month of Adar is a time to be happy!

Plus, family and friends are encouraged to join in and laugh along with us, too.

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Mon, May 20 2024 12 Iyyar 5784