PJ Library Purim Events

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Purim 2024/5784 begins on Saturday, March 23rd (at sundown), and Jews will celebrate by hearing the megillah (the Book of Esther, which tells the story of Purim), dressing up, sharing gifts of food with friends (mishloach manot), giving to those in need (matanot l’evyonim), having a festive meal (seudah).  A common treat is hamantaschen, triangular cookies with a filling. You can join a community celebration or use our resources to create a celebration at home.

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Celebrate Purim with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Family-Friendly Purim Events

Please see each host organization’s website for details and pricing. This list will be updated as events are posted. All events listed with a location are in-person.

BimBom Bag Purim

Purchase kit by Wednesday, March 13th
At-Home/Virtual

The Bender JCC and Pozez JCC’s presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. Purchase a hand-delivered* bag of Jewish-themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). There’s also an optional zoom get-together over zoom to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic. Most appreciate by children 2-6 years old.

MD families sign up with the Bender JCC

VA families sign up with the Pozez JCC
(search “bim bom” on the left if the registration page doesn’t show this option right away)

Purim Little Bookworms: Fairfax

Monday, March 11th | 3:30 PM
Fairfax City Regional Library
3915 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

Calling all book lovers! Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families invites you and your little one(s) to join us for a Purim story time! You will learn about Purim and more through books and have tons of fun. If you love books, you’re sure to enjoy Little Bookworms.

Purim in the Park (Woodbridge)

Tuesday, March 12th | 3:00 PM
Park in Woodbridge, VA
(address provided upon registration)

Join JFamily Ambassador Brie at the park for some hamantaschen snacking, a costume parade and more Purim fun! Wear your favorite costume, bring a grogger (noisemaker) and listen to Purim stories. With Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

Story Time at CJM

Thursday, March 14th | 10:00 AM
Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd Street NW, Washington, DC

Playing is learning! Join us the second Thursday of each month for Story Time at CJM, presented in partnership with Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC and PJ Library. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, and exploratory play as a means of reinforcing early literacy skills. Story time is most appreciated by kids aged 5 and under.

Purim Little Bookworms: Reston

Saturday, March 16th | 10:30 AM
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA

Calling all book lovers! Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families invites you and your little one(s) to join us for a Purim story time! You will learn about Purim and more through books and have tons of fun. If you love books, you’re sure to enjoy Little Bookworms.

Tot Shabbat and Purim Activities!

Saturday, March 16th | 10:30 AM
Adat Shalom
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD

Join us for a Tot Shabbat with Ms. Ellie and special Purim activities and crafts! Sing along, make some noise, and stay after for oneg with our community!

Purim in the Park (Springfield)

Saturday, March 16th | 12:00 PM
Park in Springfield, VA
(address provided upon registration)

Join JFamily Ambassador Tracy at the park for some hamantaschen snacking, a costume parade and more Purim fun! Wear your favorite costume, bring a grogger (noisemaker) and listen to Purim stories. With Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

Pre-Purim Pajama Havdalah

Saturday, March 16th | 4:30 PM
Hill Havurah
212 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC

Wear your favorite pajamas (or not), decorate Purim crowns, masks and groggers. Sing, dance, revel. Enjoy pizza, hamentashen and salads as we get ready for Purim! Free, but pre-registration required.

Temple Shalom Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17th | 9:00 AM
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD

All are welcome to join the Temple Shalom Community for our Annual Purim Carnival! We’ll have a morning filled with community, food and drink, carnival-style games, and of course, prizes!

JFamily Purim Party

Sunday, March 17th | 10:00 AM
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

This year’s JFamily Purim party will feature face painting, balloon artistry, and a musical performance by our beloved Mr. Ari. We will also have Purim-themed arts and crafts stations, story time, and delicious hamantaschen! All guests are encouraged to attend in costume. This event is most appreciated by families with children ages 0-6, but all are welcome.

Family Hamantaschen Making

Sunday, March 17th | 11:00 AM
Virtual on Zoom

Go on a delectable journey and join us as we make hamantaschen. We’ll show you how easy it is, whether you choose to make the dough from scratch or use store bought cookie dough. Recipes provided when you register. Fun for the whole family! Registration is required. Presented by the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC, and PJ Library in Greater Washington.

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17th | 11:00 AM
Congregation Sha’are Shalom
19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA

The Purim Carnival is here! Join your CSS and RUJEC friends for an afternoon of Purim fun! Games, prizes, food, fun, costumes, and more! All members of the community are welcome

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17th | 11:30 AM
Congregation Etz Hayim
2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA

All ages welcome! Come in costume and join us for a Purim celebration, featuring games, a raffle, crafts, and food!

Indoor Purim in the Park

Sunday, March 17th | 1:00 PM
Manassas, VA
(address provided upon registration)

Join JFamily Ambassador Brie at the indoor playground for some fun, a costume parade and more Purim joy! Wear your favorite costume, play appropriate, and listen to Purim stories. With Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

Purim Playdate at a Play

Sunday, March 17th | 2:00 PM
McLean Community Center
1236 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA

Purim means costumes! Explore The Many Disguises of Robin Hood and have a playdate after the play with JFamily Ambassador Faith. Wear your costumes, and we will have a costume parade after on our way to the playground.

Purim Carnival at Adat Shalom

Sunday, March 17th | 3:00 PM
Adat Shalom
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD

All ages welcome for the Adat Shalom Purim Carnival! Play games, eat some treats, and listen to the a silly Taylor Swift themed shpiel and Bit O Megillah! Dinner to follow!

Operation Hamantaschen

Sunday, March 17th | 4:00 PM
Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Road, Fairfax, VA

Fill your kitchen (and ours) with hamantaschen AND leave with dough to keep the baking going at home to celebrate Purim! Bakers of (almost*) all ages are invited to tie on an apron and join in! *Childcare provided for children ages 18 mo through Pre-K.

Creating Mishloach Manot, Gifts for Friends

Wednesday, March 20th | 5:00 PM
River Mill Park
407 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

Join JFA Brie to do the mitzvah (good deed) of making and giving Mishloach Manot (gifts of food). Brie will have all the materials for your children to create two gifts, one for a friend and one for your family. Come in costume for a Purim-y good time! Feel free to bring a picnic dinner.

Families with Young Children Shabbat with a Purim Twist

Friday, March 22nd | 5:15 PM
Congregation Etz Hayim
2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA

We hope you will join us for a Families with Young Children (0-6 year olds and siblings) Shabbat Service! Our service will include a few prayers, songs, a story and more.

Erev Purim Party

Saturday, March 23rd | 5:30 PM
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, MD

Come join the fun at Oseh Shalom as we sing, dance and act out the Purim holiday! We will be having a pizza and salad dinner, followed by hamantaschen and ice cream.

Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading

Saturday, March 23rd | 8:30 PM
Congregation Etz Hayim
2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA

Queen Esther bids you come to the celebration she is preparing in your honor on the night of Purim, Saturday, March 23! A short Ma’ariv service begins at 8:30, followed by Megillah reading, Purim shpiel, and drinks both hard and soft.

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 24th | 10:00 AM
Kol Shalom
110 Darnestown Road, Rockville, MD

Join us for Kol Shalom’s inaugural Purim Carnival! Moon bounce, games, arts & crafts, prizes and pizza lunch!

Shaare Torah Sensory-Friendly Purim

Sunday, March 24th | 10:30 AM
Shaare Torah
1409 Main Street, Gaithersburg, MD

We will minimize the noise and other sensory input but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for ages up to 7 years old.

Tifereth Israel Family Megillah Reading and Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 24th | 10:30 AM
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

We will feature a family-friendly, abbreviated Megillah reading before our Purim carnival starts at 11:00 AM! We’ll have inflatable bouncers, a photo booth, and mishloach manot (Purim presents) with hamentaschen to go!

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Purim Family Day

Sunday, March 24th | 2:00 PM
Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd Street NW, Washington, DC

Join Washington Revels and the Seth Kibel Trio for an afternoon of Klezmer music, a Purim spiel (Purim comedy), costumes, and crafts. Make a grogger (noise maker) or a golden crown and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim at this free, family-friendly event! And, while you are here, spend some time exploring the exhibitions. Crafts and activities start at 2pm. Performances start at 3pm.

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Past Events

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Purim Resources

Family-Friendly Purim Events Cosponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington

Splash into Shabbat

Friday, June 21, 2024 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Shabbat Shalom Playgroup

Friday, June 21, 2024 - Friday, August 16, 2024 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible
Drag Queen Havdalah flyer

Drag Queen Story Hour & Havdalah for Families!

Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Abrakadoodle’s Twoosy Doodlers

Sunday, June 23, 2024 - Sunday, July 28, 2024 | 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

New Moms’ Group

Monday, June 24, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Baby & Me Yoga

Monday, June 24, 2024 - Monday, August 12, 2024 | 8:45 am - 9:30 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Religious School Information Session

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 | 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible