Purim Calendar 2012
FRI MARCH 2
MISHLOAH MANOT (PURIM LOVE) ASSEMBLY
Join IKAR in assembling and distributing 700 mishloah manot bags. Fri. 1-5 p.m. Free. IKAR, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.
SAT MARCH 3
PURIM ON A YACHT
Wear your best costume as you celebrate Purim on an 80-foot yacht, featuring double bars, a dance floor and an outdoor observation deck. Docked at Fisherman’s Village, the party boat sets sail at 9 p.m. sharp. Organized by Sinai Temple’s ATID-LA young professionals (20s and 30s). Appetizers and entertainment included. Sat. 8:30-9 p.m. (boarding time). $36 (until Feb. 26), $45 (after Feb. 26). Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com.
SUN MARCH 4
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD FAMILY SHPIEL
Megillah reading, groggers, family-friendly shpiel. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, sanctuary, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
STEPHEN S. WISE PURIM CARNIVAL
Rides, attractions and games. Children 3 years and up need a hand stamp for admission. Adult admission is free, but scrip must be purchased. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $36 (pre-sale wristbands by Feb. 29). $5, $10, $20 (scrip). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 889-2300. wisela.org.
TEMPLE ADAT SHALOM PURIM CARNIVAL
Costume contest, a Velcro wall, games, prizes, petting zoo and more. Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 50 cents (per ticket), $5 (11 tickets, pre-sale bundle until March 1), $40 (unlimited ride and game pass, pre-sale until March 1), $50 (unlimited ride and game pass). Temple Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985. adatshalomla.org.
TEMPLE BETH AM PURIM CARNIVAL
Dunk Temple Beth Am’s Rabbi Mitchel Malkus and other Temple Beth Am faculty and clergy in the dunk tank. Enjoy puppies, pony rides, a Ferris wheel, game booths, arts and crafts, face painting, live music, a costume parade, magic show, a Lego contest, a “Fiddler on the Roof” preview with Pressman Academy’s middle school students, food and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 (ticket card, 12 tickets per card), $50 (wristbands, unlimited rides, game booths, entry to the magic show). Discounted tickets available until Feb. 27. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD PURIM CARNIVAL
Teacup rides, a bungee jump, bounce houses, food, games, prizes and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $85 (wristbands, includes unlimited inflatables, rides and game booths). $25-$100 (carnival tickets). Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF HANCOCK PARK PURIM CARNIVAL
Extraordinary juggling show, booths, moon bounce, prizes, costume contest, races, animals, food, balloon artist and more. Sun. Noon-3 p.m. Young Israel of Hancock Park, 225 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 931-4030. yihp.org.
“LEAVE YOUR GROGGER AT HOME!”
Face painting, a bubble show, theatrical Purim story, costume parade, crafts, games and more highlight Vista Del Mar Child and Family Service’s sensory-friendly pre-Purim celebration. Includes kosher afternoon snacks. Sun. 2-5 p.m. $6. The Temple at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles.
(310) 836-1223. vistadelmar.org.
Live ’80s music, a tzedek project, costume contest and more. JConnectLA, Chai Center and Moishe House co-sponsor. Taxi vouchers available. 21 and over. Sun. 8:30-11 p.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). The Mark, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 639-3255. purimpalooza.org.
WED MARCH 7
IKAR PURIM JUSTICE CARNIVAL
Adolescent punk bands The Ghouls and Bad Boyz perform at the Family Justice Carnival, while DJs Solemite and Mudfoot spin at the Adult Justice Carnival at 9 p.m. Food and activity tickets available for purchase. Come costumed. Wed. 5-7 p.m. (Family Justice Carnival), 7-9 p.m. (megillah and shpiel), 9 p.m (Adult Justice Carnival). $15 (family carnival, IKAR kid members), $20 (family carnival, general). $20 (adult carnival, IKAR members), $25 (adult carnival, general). Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.
BEACH BOYS PURIM SHPIEL
Temple Isaiah’s Purim celebration is brought to life through the music and the antics of the Beach Boys. A 1960s-inspired dinner kicks off the fun. Wed. 6:15 p.m. (dinner), 7 p.m. (Beach Boys shpiel). $6 (dinner, per person). Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.
DANCE PARTY PURIM 2012
Singing, dancing, hamantaschen and much more. All ages. Wed 6:30 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, sanctuary, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.
Stand-up comedian Flip Schultz, comedy writers and clergy interpret the megillah. Wed. 6:30 p.m. (cocktail hour), 7:30 p.m. (megillah). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.
PURIM CELEBRATION AND MEGILLAH READING
A Disney-themed reading and celebration. Dress up as your favorite Disney character. All ages. Wed. 6:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
CHABAD OF THE CONEJO’S PURIM IN PERSIA
An unicyclist show and an interactive Purim experience. Wed. 6:30 p.m. (megillah readings at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 p.m.) $5. Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. chabadconejo.com/purim.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD’S PURIM FOR ADULTS
Temple Israel’s adults-only Purim party features a Persian dinners and Napa Valley wines. Napa Valley’s Rabbi Oren Postrel leads the festivities, which include a reading of the Megillat Esther that is replete with drinking motifs, humor and palace intrigue. You’ll get a little wine education along the way. 21 and over. Costumes encouraged. Wed. 7 p.m. $25. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angels. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
EREV PURIM WITH TEMPLE BETH AM
A Shir Hadash megillah celebration with Rabbis Adam Kligfeld and Susan Leider and Cantor Magda Fishman, along with students of the Pressman Academy Middle School, features a reading of selections from the megillah. YABA, Temple Beth Am’s young adults organization, throws a casino night afterward. Play poker, blackjack, craps; participate in a costume contest; enjoy Jewish Chinese cuisine from the M.O. Eggrolls food truck, beer, mixed drinks and more. Highest chip winner wins two tickets to a Los Angeles Kings game. Wed. 7:15 p.m. (Shir Hadash), 9 p.m.-midnight (casino night). $10 (casino night, in advance), $15 (casino night, door) – prices include starter chips and one drink. Extra drinks available for purchase. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.
PURIM FOR GROWN-UPS FUN RAISER
Persian-style dinner, a text study on how much alcohol one needs to consume to in order to not be able to distinguish Haman from Mordecai, and comedy sports. Wed. 7:30-10 p.m. $18. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com/purim.
YOUNG PROESSIONALS OF LOS ANGELES’ FESTIVAL DE PURIM
Live Brazilian fusion music, two full bars and complimentary first-hour wine. Brazilian carnival costume or cocktail attire requested. Wed. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (early bird first 100), $20 (regular-advance), $30 (regular-door). Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles. (310) 692-4190. yjplosangeles.com.
PURIM ON THE RED CARPET
Chabad-Lubavitch of South La Cienega and Kesher Events’ Purim bash features dancing with DJ Aviel, a chill-out room/hookah lounge, cash bar, food for purchase, a megillah reading on the hour and lots of l’chaims. Wed. 9:30-1:30 p.m. $10 (door, includes free drink ticket for those in costume). Chabad of South La Cienega, 1627 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 288-4633. facebook.com/pages/Chabad-SOLA/191642337542571.
THU MARCH 8
PURIM CARNIVAL 2012
DJ Eliran and DJ TAL play hits, mash-ups and electro house music. Bottle service suggested. 21-and-over. Thu. 10 p.m. $20 (early bird special), $25-$30 (door). Exchange Los Angeles, 618 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. (310) 857-6218 or (818) 602-7979. fla.vor.us/purim2012.
SPORTS PURIM PARTY
Come dressed as a player from your favorite sports team! The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles’ Purim hosts a sports-themed program, and includes volunteers to ensure the event meets the particular needs of the children. An obstacle course, a moon bounce, sports-themed arts and crafts projects, a concert with some of Friendship Circle’s teenagers and buffet dinner mean fun for the whole family. Thu. 5:15-7:30 p.m., 5:25 P.M. (megillah reading), Free. Bais Chaya Mushka campus, 9051 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-3252. fcla.org.
SAT MARCH 10
VALLEY RUACH’S CASINO NIGHT PURIM CASH
Open bar, magician Fantastic Fig, casino games and more. Ages 21-39 only. Sat. 8-11:30 p.m. $15 (Valley Ruach members, advance), $20 (general, advance). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.
SUN MARCH 11
Magic, music and a megillah reading join rides, games and attractions at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Irmas Campus. Food available for purchase. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 (all-access bracelet), $1 (individual tickets). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.
VALLEY BETH SHALOM PURIM CARNIVAL AND SPRING BOUTIQUE
Games, accessories and more. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefits VBS Israel programs and summer camp scholarship fund. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 (advance by March 6-pre-school wristbands), $20 (door-pre-school wristbands), $30 (advance by March 6-general), $36 (door-general), $20 (advance by March 6-30 tickets), $20 (door-24 tickets), $1(door-per ticket) Valley Beth Shalom, Ventura Parking Lot, Malkin-Budorf Hall and Glaser Hall, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE PURIM CARNIVAL
Amusement rides, bungee jump, food, crafts and games. Rain or shine. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $70 (advance, family fun pack, includes 2 wristbands and 30 tickets), $25 (advance, wristband), $18 (advance, 20 tickets), $30 (day of event, wristband). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.
TEMPLE JUDEA PURIM CARNIVAL
Midway carnival games, KidZone, kosher barbecue and vendor marketplace. Kids come in costume to win prizes. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission), $.50 (ride/game tickets), $50 (pre-sale wristband), $20 (pre-sale 50 tickets), $10 (pre-sale 23 tickets). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com/purim.
TEMPLE EMANUEL PURIM CARNIVAL
In-N-Out truck, Jamba Juice, Fresh Brothers pizza, carnival rides and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $1 (per ticket), $50 (60 tickets), $75 (90 tickets), $100 (120 tickets). Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 409-4644. tebh.org.
ADAT ARI EL PURIM CARNIVAL
Rides, games and food for sale. Rain or shine. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets available on-site on the day of the event. Adat Ari El, 12010 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.
BETH SHIR SHALOM ANNUAL PURIM CARNIVAL
Game booths, carnival rides, bake sale, moon bounce, dunk tank and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $.50 (per ticket). Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org.
80s REWIND PURIM FESTIVAL AT TEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM
Rides, games, video game truck, food trucks, teen-only VIP lounge, social action awareness and live entertainment. Dress in your best eighties costume and receive a free ticket. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10-$40 (pre-sale), $10-$45 (day of event). Temple Ahavat Shalom, 182000 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.
TUE MARCH 13
SENIOR PURIM PARTY
Hamantaschen, coffee, tea, songs, a creative megillah reading and entertainment. Tue. 12:30-2 p.m. Free (advance reservations required). Westside JCC, Weinberger Auditorium, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5231. westsidejcc.org/seniors/special-events.