Celebrate Purim 2022
This Purim, the circus comes to Central with a dazzling line-up of programming for all ages. Enjoy the greatest show on earth—our Purim spiel—as we come together under the Central Big Top for our Purim service, guaranteed to astound and amaze (costumes encouraged!). Keep the fun going throughout Adar, the happiest month of the Jewish calendar, with learning, cultural, and charitable opportunities that’ll ensure you fulfill the four special mitzvot of Purim: Hearing the Megillah (Purim story), sending Mishloach Manot (gift baskets), enjoying the Seudah (festive meal), and Matanot La'evyonim (giving to the poor). Step right up and see what's in store!
Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 5:00–6:00 pm
Drop in, have fun, and do good! Central members age 5 and up are welcome with proof of vaccination.
Purim Service and The Greatest Spiel on Earth
Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 6:00 pm
Don't miss this year's service as our Clergy, in full circus costumes, chant the Megillah and our amazing LCLJ kids perform in a family-friendly "Big Top" spiel featuring parodies of the songs from the hit movie-musical The Greatest Showman.
Volunteer With Met Council (For Members)
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 10:00–11:30 am
This is your opportunity to give matanot la'evyonim. Join fellow congregants and Met Council to package essential food and supplies for New Yorkers in need. This opportunity is open to current members. Please email Chelsea Werde ([email protected]) for more information on how to join.
Holiday Boot Camp With Dr. Elana Stein Hain and Abby Pogrebin
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Dr. Elana Stein Hain joins Abby for a deep-dive into Purim, focusing on a question faced by Queen Esther which continues to resonate today: when do we conceal—and when do we reveal—our Jewishness in the world?
WORDS & MUSIC: A Purim Celebration of Persian Jewish Experience with Dalia Sofer
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Join acclaimed author Dalia Sofer (The Septembers of Shiraz, Man of My Time) for an intimate conversation in celebration of Purim. Sofer, who was born in Tehran and moved to the U.S. as a child, writes novels about characters pulled between places and times—one crucial place being Iran. In honor of our Persian/Iranian Jewish holiday of Purim, Sofer will talk about Iran, her life, and her art.
WORDS & MUSIC: A Purim Celebration of the Persian Jewish Music with Dr. Galeet Dardashti
Thursday, March 17, 2022
In this workshop, renowned vocalist/composer and anthropologist Dr. Galeet Dardashti invites us to explore Judeo-Persian musical traditions both through live music and through recorded music examples from her family; her grandfather, Younes Dardashti, was one of the most famous singers of Persian classical music in Iran, and her grandmother’s family came from Hamadan (modern-day Shushan).
Purim, the “upside down” holiday, is a joyous and playful one-day holiday that falls during the Hebrew month of Adar (usually late February and/or March). On Purim, we commemorate the story told in the book of Esther in which Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai saved the Jews of Persia from an antisemitic plot devised by the evil Haman, advisor to King Ahashverosh. This book, also called the Megillah (scroll), is unique among other sacred texts in that it is considered a parody or a satire, and does not mention God.
At Central, Purim provides those of all ages with an opportunity for celebration and fun. Happenings include a Kriat Megillah, or rowdy and silly reading of the Megillah wherein listeners “blot out” Haman’s name with noisemakers (groggers) and “booing”; mishloach manot or the sending gifts (often food) to friends; matanat l’evyonim or the giving gifts to the poor; and seudat mitzvah, a festive meal, and dressing up in costumes.