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Purim is Coming!


Kick off the Purim celebrations on Sunday, February 26 with a learning and meet & greet session over Zoom with our new sister congregation in Haifa, Kehilat Moriah.


Then join us for a night out on Saturday, March 4 with Purim Game Night for Grown-ups!

Bring your groggers on Monday, March 6. It's time to read the megillah and have a little fun with this year's Purim spiel, The Lion Queen and a special USY Kadima Purim Lounge Night for the teens!


See full details on all these events below!

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Getting Into the Purim Spirit


Sunday, February 26, at 1:00pm via Zoom


Rabbi David Arias from Kehilat Moriah joins Rabbi Tow for a pre-Purim event!


We will study portions of the Megillah to examine where God can be found in the Purim Story and what Mordechai and Esther can teach us about living in exile. We'll also compare notes on how we celebrate Purim in Israel compared to Virginia.


We are starting a new partnership with Kehilat Moriah, the oldest congregation in the Masorti Movement in Israel. It was established in 1954 and moved to its permanent residence in the center of the Ahuza neighborhood in Haifa in 1962, where it still resides.


Rabbi David Arias, originally from Santiago, Chile, made Aliyah in 2014. From a young age and for many years, he has been an active member of the Masorti Movement in different communities in Israel and South America. Rabbi Arias was the founder and the first Mazkir of NOAM AmLat in 2011. Rabbi Arias has a bachelor’s degree in Music, an MA in Jewish Studies, and received his “Smicha” (Rabbinical Ordination) from the Schechter Rabbinical School.


Purim Game Night for Grown-ups!


Saturday, March 4, at 7:00 - 9:30pm


Join us for an adult-only (age 21 or older) game night filled with laughter and fun! 


Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and kosher desserts and snacks will be provided.


Prize for the best Purim costume!


This event is jointly sponsored by Men's Club and Sisterhood! Space is limited! To reserve your spot, please click the button below and RSVP no later than Sunday, February 26.


BONUS: To make it easier for parents to join, babysitting will be provided by USY teens. Please make babysitting donations payable by cash or check to Congregation Sha'are Shalom. Please include with your RSVP the name(s) and age(s) of your child(ren) you need babysitting for, no later than Sunday, February 26.


Join us for a megillah reading and a performance of our Purim spiel!


Monday, March 6 at 6:30pm


This year's Purim Spiel will be The Lion Queen, with Purim songs based on the hit songs from Disney's The Lion King. 


We'll read the story of Esther and nosh some hamantashen!

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A look back at Purim 2022 "A Very Aladdin-ish Purim”

Thanks to all who brought boxes of cereal of pasta to donate to Loudoun Hunger Relief!

Mazel tov to our Purim Spiel actors for being recognized in Washington Jewish Week! See them here (photo 20) or here in the Out & About section on page 27.

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