The Jewish holiday of Purim starts at sundown on Tuesday, March 3 and San Diego is getting in on the fun with parties and carnivals planned through the weekend to help celebrate this joyous holiday.
What is Purim? Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire through the leadership of Queen Esther, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Customs during Purim include wearing masks & costumes, public readings of the Book of Esther, feasting, and eating hamantaschen (pictured above), a sweet triangular pastry.
Want to know where to celebrate Purim? Check this handy San Diego Purim party guide:
Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
Wednesday, March 4 • 6:00pm Dinner; 6:30pm Megillah
Congregation Beth El • 8660 Gilman Dr. • La Jolla
Megillah reading, Purim spiel, pizza, refreshments, and music. RSVP required.
Life’s a Picnic Purim Banquet
Thursday, March 5
4:30pm Megillah Reading, 5:00pm Banquet
Chabad La Costa • 1980 La Costa Ave. • Carlsbad
Join us for our annual Purim Banquet preceded by a Megillah reading at our beautiful new building. $25 per adult; $10 per child (ages 3-12). Space is limited; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call (760) 943-8891.
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Hillel North County Purim Party
Thursday, March 5 • 6:00–8:00pm
Hillel House • 156 E Barham Dr. • San Marcos
Join Hillel for a “sweet” night complete with a chocolate fountain, hamantaschen baking, masks, mocktails, and more! For more information, contact Wendy Bryer at email@example.com or (760) 828-7230.
Purim Potluck and Kandy Kiddush
Friday, March 6 • 6:30–8:30pm
B’nai Tikvah Synagogue • 2510 Gateway Rd. • Carlsbad
Join B’Bnai Tikvah for a Purim party, family service, and Megillah reading! Enjoy hamantaschen, sweets, a Purim spiel, and dairy dessert kiddush. Please bring your favorite dessert, hamantaschen, and/or wine. Feel free to come in costume!
Karaoke Kostume Party: An Adult-Only Purim Celebration!
Saturday, March 7 • 6:00–10:00pm
Cielo Village • 18021 Calle Ambiente • Rancho Santa Fe
Adults (16 and over) are invited to celebrate Purim with the JCo Community! Join us for drinks, food, schmooze time, and music. You don’t need to sing to have a good time. Since the event is FREE, we ask that everyone bring something, in true collaborative style!
Sunday, March 8
10:00am Megillah Reading; 11:00am–2:00pm Purim Carnival
Temple Solel • 3575 Manchester Ave. • Cardiff
Games, inflatable jumpies, used book sale, bake sale, a silent auction, and more. Complimentary parking and shuttles available at MiraCosta College.
Sunday, March 8 • 11:00am−3:00pm
Congregation Beth Am • 50250 Del Mar Heights Rd. • San Diego
Put on your costumes and your masks and head to Congregation Beth Am for our annual Purim Palooza Carnival! Purim Palooza is a fun and exciting day for the whole family. There will be carnival games and rides, Kosher “Fair Foods”, entertainment, lectures, a spa and so much more! Help support our Jewish Learning Center by spending the day with your Jewish community friends.
San Diego Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8 • 10:00am−1:00pm
Tifereth Israel Synagogue • 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd. • San Diego
Entertainment for kids of all ages! We’ll have jumpies, carnival games, tattoos, crafts, karaoke, a photo booth, professional face painting, prizes, and more!
Sunday, March 8 • 11:00am−2:00pm
Temple Emanu-El • 6299 Capri Drive • San Diego
Games for all ages, a cake walk, hamantaschen, delicious food, games, and much more.
See our full list of La Jolla synagogues for more info.