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Purim Spiel for Real: Reb Zalman to Read Megillah

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Come one, come all to the 10th Annual Boulder Community Purim Carnival this Sunday, February 24 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. A huge thank you to all of our event sponsors: the Boulder JCC, JCC Preschool, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder Aish Kodesh, Congregation Beth Ami, Chabad of Boulder County, Shredder Kids, Shwayder Camp, Ramah Outdoor Adventure, JCC Ranch Camp, Rocky Mountain Day Camp, and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.

This year’s Purim carnival will be more fun than ever before, with many new additions as well as your old favorites. For starters, kids will be able to play on several new outdoor attractions in addition to the ever popular bouncy castle. This year we’ve also added many events for slightly older kids including:

  • A rock wall (courtesy of Rocky Mountain Day Camp)
  • A slack line (courtesy of Shredder Kids)
  • A Gaga pit (courtesy of Shwayder Camp)

In addition, Reb Zalman has graciously offered to read the whole megillah for the community towards the end of the Carnival, around 1 pm. According to Rabbi Marc Soloway of Congregation Bonai Shalom, “It has been a while since he has done this and it is such a rare treat to hear the megillah read like you’ve never heard it before. If you are able to make it, I highly encourage you to come hear our beloved, world-renown Reb Zalman chant the megillah.”

Come for the celebration but stay for the food! Inside the gym you will find pizza, popcorn, and of course Hamentaschen, alongside fresh falafel from Falafel King. Kids will love the usual carnival game favorites (including Toss the Hamentaschen, The King’s Pond, and Esther’s Rainbow)! We also have activities new and old:

  • Megillah Bingo – Boulder Chabad will lead kids in watching/hearing Megillah Esther while filling their Bingo cards for wonderful prizes!
  • Mitzvah Land – Beth Ami will help kids do acts of loving kindness and play games to help repair the world!
  • Aish Kodesh will again lead kids in making Mishloach Manot to be distributed throughout the community!
  • Face painting by the fabulous Eydie Cady of Fanciful Faces
  • Music by Rachel Cole

MegillahOne Purim tradition is giving gifts for those in need (matanot l’evyonim). This year we ask that you bring old cell phones to donate to Secure the Call. This charity provides free cell phones for senior citizens and domestic abuse victims to use in case of emergency. We hope you will help us support this great cause. Cell phones can be in any condition, with or without their charge cords. The collection barrel will be in the JCC lobby through March 24.

This event truly is the product of community collaboration and support and we are thankful to all of our tremendous volunteers and sponsors. We hope that you will join us this Sunday, February 24th at the Boulder JCC for this year’s carnival!

About Mark Megibow

Mark Megibow
Mark is the J-Teen Director at the Boulder JCC, and has been working with Jewish youth in Boulder County for the past 12 years. Along with his wife and son, he's currently "living abroad" (Denver, CO) but the family still calls Boulder home. You can frequently catch Mark on stage as the "drummer" for the all-vocal rock band, Face.

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