Purim events in Los Angeles
Atid is throwing an ’80s prom! Comb out your mullet and come dance to the decade’s greatest hits on March 11. There will be a photo booth, spiked punch, an open bar and prizes for the prom kings and queens with the best costumes. (Atid events are strictly for Jewish young professionals, ages 21-39.) 9 p.m. $30 at the door; discount for members; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.
Beth Chayim Chadashim clergy join colleagues Rabbi Zach Shapiro and Cantor Lonee Frailich for a lighthearted look at the solar system on March 11 in “ ‘Big Bang Theory!’ Does Purim.” Costumes and guests of all ages are welcome. Hamantashen will be served. 6 p.m. Free. Temple Akiba, 5249 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org/calendar.
IKAR presents the Purim Justice Carnival on March 11. Wear a costume that represents justice as you dance and drink the night away. The band Mostly Kosher will be there with a DJ and photo booth. 7:30 p.m. Megillah reading and spiel; 9 p.m. carnival. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; tickets available at tinyurl.com/ikarpurim2017. Café Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams, Los Angeles. ikar-la.org/purim2017.
Kehillat Israel presents its extravaganza on March 10, featuring a variety of carnival games with prizes. Costumes encouraged; something for kids of all ages. 5 p.m. $25 includes dinner, a wristband for games, popcorn and cotton candy; $10 individual meal ticket. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org/events/purimextravaganza.
Leo Baeck Temple’s March 12 event will feature tacos, Italian ices, hamantashen and fun for the family: a climbing tower, zip line, dunk tank, petting zoo, bounce houses, games, arts and crafts. Costumes encouraged. 11 a.m. spiel; 11:30 a.m. carnival. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.
Nessah will hold a traditional Megillah reading followed by a carnival and Israel teen Megillah reading and party on March 11. Carnival will feature a bounce house, games, arts and crafts, food and more. 7:15 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Nessah,142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
Nessah also will host a party for high school and college students on March 11. There will be a Megillah reading followed by a costume party with prizes for the best costume, a falafel bar and a DJ. 8:30 p.m. Free. Nessah,142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
Pico Shul presents its annual Purim Feast on March 12. Enjoy food, wine and spirits, including some of Los Angeles’ finest Israeli-style barbecue. 10 a.m. morning service; 11 a.m. Megillah reading. 5 p.m. feast. $18; tickets available at tickettailor.com. Pico Shul, 9116 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. picoshul.org.
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel is celebrating Purim with a carnival on March 12, featuring games, food, music and prizes. There will be a special show at 12:30 p.m. 11 a.m. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7000. sephardictemple.org.
Shomrei Torah Synagogue’s carnival on March 12 will feature a Ferris wheel, bungee jumping, rock-climbing wall and more. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. 11 a.m. $1 per ticket; tickets will be issued day of carnival. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 854-7650. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
Stephen Wise Temple will host a family-friendly Purim carnival on March 12. 10:30 a.m. $36 presale for children ages 4-18; $45 day of admission; free for adults and children 3 and younger. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/purim.
Stephen Wise Temple also will host a “Purim for Grown-Ups” on March 11. Celebrate the holiday with happy hour cocktails and appetizers. Festivities will include the story and songs of Purim from the Stephen Wise clergy. 21-and-older event. 5:30 p.m. Free; RSVP required. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/purim.
Stephen Wise Temple’s Young Adult Division and Leo Baeck Temple’s Young Professionals Group present “Jammintaschen 2017” on March 11, featuring live music, costumes, food, two open bars, human-size Jenga and lawn games. 21-and-older event. 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets available at wisela.org/purim. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. wisela.org.
Temple Ahavat Shalom and Temple Ramat Zion are partnering to present a Purim carnival on March 12. There will be rides, games, a photo booth, a petting zoo, bounce houses and food. 11 a.m. $40 wristbands; $25 preschool wristbands. Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org/purim.
Temple Akiba presents a carnival on March 12 featuring laser tag, games, food, jumbo slides, a costume contest, bake sale, silent auction and prizes. 10 a.m. $20. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783.
Temple Aliyah will have its Megillah reading and Purim spiel on March 11. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org/purim.
Temple Aliyah’s Purim carnival is March 12. There will be thrill rides, carnival games, kids rides, inflatables and food. 10 a.m. $30 for all-day ride bracelet; other options and tickets available at templealiyah.org/purim-carnival. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org/purim.
Temple Beth Am will host a full Megillah reading and “Annie” Purim spiel with a surprise cast on March 11. Stay after and help “Operation PB&J” by assembling survival kits and making lunches for the homeless. 6:45 p.m. Ma’ariv; 7 p.m. Megillah reading and spiel. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.
Temple Beth Am invites families with children 5 and younger to wear costumes for a musical Shir Purim on March 12. Afterward is the family celebration “A Land Far, Far Away: Purim Celebration” for children, gesher through fifth grade students and their families. 9 a.m. Shir Purim; 10 a.m. family Purim celebration. $15 per child. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.
Temple Beth Hillel’s March 12 spiel will be set to the tale of “Beauty and the Beast,” with its annual carnival to follow. 10 a.m. spiel; 11:30 a.m. carnival. $20 for 25 tickets ($20 for 20 day of the event); $40 wristbands ($45 day of the event). Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. (818) 763-9148. tbhla.org/purim.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills presents “Esther: A Persian Musical,” a “Hamilton”-inspired spiel and party, on March 11. The event will be filled with music, costumes, prizes, food, photo booth pictures, crafts, games, face painting and lots of hamantashen. 5 p.m. $10; free for children 5 and younger. Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org/purim2017.
Temple Etz Chaim’s carnival on March 12 features a silent auction, food, games, dunk tank, face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, puppy petting zoo and bounce houses. 11:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. templeetzchaim.org.
Temple Israel of Hollywood will hold its Purim carnival and spiel on March 12. 10:15 a.m. family Purim spiel and Megillah reading; 11 a.m. carnival. Ticket packages start at $20. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
Temple Judea presents a “Frozen” spiel singalong on March 12. The carnival to follow will include a kid zone, rides, obstacle course, games, a dunk tank and entertainment. Kosher barbecue will be available for purchase, as well as other treats and snacks from some of the Valley’s best businesses. 9 a.m. spiel; 10 a.m. carnival. $1 per ticket. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.
Temple Kol Tikvah sponsors a community celebration on March 10 with acrobats, magic, balloon animals, a bounce house, live music and dinner. Costumes are encouraged; all ages are welcome. 5 p.m. Purim service for ages newborn to 6 years; 5:30 p.m. dinner (with advance RSVP to (818) 348-0670, ext. 200); 7 p.m. family Purim Shabbat service and spiel. Free. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
Temple Menorah’s 43rd annual Purim carnival on March 11 will feature new carnival games, hula lessons, the South Bay (Video) Game Truck and three giant bounce houses. The theme is a tribute to Disney’s animated “Moana.” 3:30 p.m. family friendly Polynesian dance show; 4:30 p.m. carnival; 6:30 p.m. Havdallah, Megillah reading and spiel. $1 per ticket. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.
Valley Beth Shalom presents “VBS Superhero Purim: Guardians of Shushan,” starting with a full Purim service and traditional Megillah reading, led by Yossi Dresner, at 5 p.m. March 11. A Purim celebration and Megillah reading follows at 7 p.m. in Niznick Sanctuary. VBS’ carnival kicks off at 10 a.m. March 12 with games, prizes, rides, bounce houses, food trucks and more. $25. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple presents “Purim With a Purpose” on March 12. 10 a.m. spiel and kids costume parade; 11 a.m. carnival. $1 individual tickets; games and rides are 1-5 tickets, lunch is 7-10 tickets; $60 wristbands allow unlimited rides, games and most activities. Irmas Campus, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 116661 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8906. wbtla.org/purimcarnival.
Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles presents its “Old Hollywood Purim Gala” on March 11, with a Megillah, bar, DJ, live band and hundreds of other young Jewish professionals. Hollywood glam attire. 21-and-older event. 9 p.m. Tickets start at $30. The Continental Club, 116 W. Fourth St., Los Angeles. yjplosangeles.com/purim.