November 20, 2018

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 Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518.

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.

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 Café Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams, Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Pico Shul, 9116 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861.

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.

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.

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 Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.