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At Temple Isaiah, we are known for our innovative and joyous Purim celebrations. Purim is an essential part of our congregation’s annual cycle of holidays and we are excited to bring the story of Esther, Mordechai & Haman to life!

The holiday of Purim celebrates the triumph of the Jewish spirit over hatred and anti-Semitism. We find the story in Megillat Esther, in the "Ketuvim" section of our TaNaKh. Year after year we return to the story - also known as The Megillah - and retell it in new, silly, creative and hilarious ways!

Shake Your Grogger!

Purim 2023 events:

A Complex Conversation About the Final Chapters of the Megillah (Zoom)

Thursday, March 2 | 8:00 p.m.

There’s a part that’s almost always left out of the family-friendly Purim Spiel: In Chapter 9, Mordecai and the Jews kill Haman’s ten sons, and then claim to slaughter 75,000 of their “enemies.” Despite the commandment to read “the whole Megillah,” modern Jews often gloss over this section, which doesn’t lend itself to catchy songs about good prevailing over evil. 
Since there is no historical evidence for such a massacre, are we justified in ignoring it? Or should we take this section seriously and grapple with it? Can we assume that any killing done by the Jews was for the greater good? Or might a modern interpretation of the end of the Megillah offer lessons about the moral responsibilities of military power and the blurry line between good and evil?   
Join Rabbi Dara for a complicated conversation as we look headlong at the text and discuss its implications. 

For Zoom LInk: RSVP HERE

Youngish Families Shabbat Service: Purim Edition

Friday, March 3 | 5:00 p.m.


Celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Isaiah community! Sing, Dance, Pray and Learn together -- all the fun of Youngish Families Shabbat with a sprinkle of Purim! 
Services at 5:00 p.m. RSVP required. 



Night at Tamar's

Saturday, March 4 | 7:00 p.m.

Join us on Shushan's Red Carpet for an evening of Hollywood Glamour as we celebrate Purim Isaiah style. Attire: Hollywood Red Carpet
Please bring a bottle of your favorite beverage. 
This event is intended for PARENTS of Temple Isaiah Preschool and K12 school-aged kids. 
(adults only)


K12 does Purim: Sunday and Tuesday 

Sunday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 7 | During K12 School

Our K12 students will be celebrating Purim during class time by doing the Purim Mitzvot and having fun, both on Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Parents, please join us on Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary as the celebration continues with songs, Megillah reading, costume parades and of course Hamantaschen for all.
Students and Parents are encouraged to wear costumes! 


Purim Carnival at Stephen Wise Temple

Sunday, March 5 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Temple Isaiah will be joining Stephen Wise this year for their Purim Carnival. Go early or after K12 Sunday School Purim programming!

Stephen Wise Temple and Schools has welcomed the Temple Isaiah community to Purim Land, this year's candy-themed edition of our annual Purim Carnival! It will be a full day of exciting amusement parks rides, catered food, a full inflatable fun village, thrilling midway games, fantastic prizes, the Beat Buds, and more! 

Dont forget to dress in costume!

To order wristbands (required for ages 2 - 18) or scrip for food CLICK HERE.


Whose Spiel is it Anyway?!

Monday, March 6 | 7:30 p.m.

Participate in a Particularly Playful Purim Party and Parodies for Parents and all People! Come for the mitzvah of Megillah, stay for the songs, costumes & hamantaschen.

Join your Isaiah community for a festive, sing-a-long style Megillah reading on Erev Purim. Costumes strongly encouraged! 
Click here to follow along with our song sheet!


Preschool Purim

Monday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 7 | During Preschool 

On Monday, March 6, our Pre-K classes will be having an intergenerational Purim lunch and celebration with members of ChaiVillageLA. 

On Tuesday, March 7, all classes will celebrate Purim and listen to our annual Teacher-Led Purim Shpiel that is a big hit every year! They will also be baking Hamentaschen. 
Have your children come to school dressed in costume on both days!! 


And - For more opportunities to celebrate & recognize the holiday at your own pace, see how the Reform Movement is honoring the mitzvot of Purim this year- Click here!