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It's Time for CBE's World-Famous

Purim Palooza!

Quick links to safe events & programs for everyone:

Purim events: Megillah Reading! ● Adult Evening with Sip & Paint! ● Costume Parade & Contest! ● Kids' & Teens Game Rooms! Lunch & Schmooze! Hamentaschen Bake-Off!Embry Rucker Shelter Dinner! 

Pre-Purim: Schmaltz Bros. Food Truck! ● Shalach Manot!Sunflower Bakery!50/50 Raffle!Social Action: "Esther's Cleansers"


Thursday, February 25

6:30 PM, Megillah reading

Celebrate Erev Purim with songs and other brief creative activities between chapters. Get your groggers and costumes ready! 

Saturday, February 27

6:42 PM, Purim for Adults

Brought to the entire CBE community by Techilah – CBE Jewish Young Adult Group (Email Techilah | Join Techilah Facebook Group)

  • 6:42 PM, Havdalah
  • 7:00 PM, Creative Cocktails. Show us your exotic Purim-centric drink (alcoholic or not)! All the while mellowing for a few minutes before painting. Here are some examples.
  • 7:15-9:15 PM, Virtual, Interactive Paint & Sip with Pinot's Palette! (Sorry, the deadline to register for Paint & Sip has passed.)
  • Not painting? Come for Havdalah & cocktails!
  • Costumes or funny hats optional. 

Register to get the Zoom link, and you'll immediately receive a confirmation email with the link to join. While it says 7:15, hop on early at 6:40 for Havdalah and Cocktails & Schmooze until 7:15. Then, the artistes among us can stay on the same Zoom session and unleash your creativity with Pinot's Palette!

Sunday, February 28

10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Purim Carnival

Join for some or all activities!

(Zoom for all Purim Carnival Activities on Sunday)

  • 10: 30 AM, Costume Parade & Contest! Submit your photo(s) in costume by Wednesday, February 24 (deadline extended to Friday, Feb 26 at 5:00 PM by popular demand!), then join us on Zoom Sunday in costume, and we'll view a video of the contestants as well as visiting live. The winners (of bragging rights and some publicity, if you want) will be announced before 11:00 AM. Our costume contest is not only for children! We have adult, family, and 3 children's categories by age. (More info)
  • 11:00 AM, Kids' Game Rooms! We'll send the kids to age-appropriate Zoom breakout rooms for some fun, each led by professional staff. (Zoom link is the same as above):
    • 11:00-11:20 AM Preschool
    • 11:00-11:30 AM Elementary
    • 11:00-11:45 AM Middle and High School
  • 11:50 AM-1:00 PM Lunchroom & Schmooze -- Bring your lunch to the computer, or your laptop/phone/tablet to the lunch "table" (breakout room), and share with Beth Emeth friends! We'll put you at a "table" where there's space and maybe even some new Beth Emeth friends to meet, and then you can "table-hop."

1:00 PM, Great Purim Hamentaschen Bake-Off, brought to you by the Religious School Committee and Youth Department!

  • 1:00 PM, We'll view submitted photos of your culinary masterpieces and comments about them, as well as viewing additional home-made hamentaschen live. Upload photos of your Hamentaschen (people optional) by Wednesday, February 24 at the latest (deadline extended to Friday, Feb 26 at 5:00 PM by popular demand!).
  • 1:20 PM, The RS committee will recognize winners (of bragging rights) in many different categories – e.g. do yours have the most creative filling? best presentation? best story behind them? (See all categories)  Only pre-submitted photos are eligible to win.

1:30 PM, Drawing for 50/50 Raffle winner! Purim means "lots" (as in drawing lots), and our modern version is the Purim Palooza 50/50 Raffle! Enter online to win! Proceeds will help support the great programming at Congregation Beth Emeth. Winner will be announced at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, February 28; the Zoom link is above for the whole day, will be in your confirmation email. (You do not have to be present to win.)

Sunday, February 28

3:30 PM, Social Action: Shelter Dinner 

On the same Sunday as our Virtual Purim Palooza, we'll provide our signature roasted chicken dinner for 50 at Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston. Please sign up to provide & cook needed items ASAP so we'll know our commitments are covered, and drop off food at 3:30 PM (contactless) at the shelter. If you can't shop or cook, a donation of any amount would help support this effort. (Details, list of needs & signup)

Pre-Purim Pickups

To keep everyone safe and make your visit quick as you stop by for up to three pickups and one drop-off (see below) in the February 21-25 period, we would appreciate your using our signup to let us know which day & time slot(s) you plan to come by. (No need to sign up if you're only coming for the food truck.)

Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck at CBE

Thursday, February 25, 12:00-6:00 PM

The Schmaltz Bros. kosher food truck will be in the CBE Parking Lot on Thursday, February 25, from 12:00-6:00 PM!. Pre-orders open February 22 (be sure to pick Feb 25, 12-3 PM–note time change–for desired pickup time) but you do not have to order in advance. Check out their menu, and this review in Eater DC! (If you would like to do other pickups and drop-offs at the same time, we'd appreciate your letting us know which time slot you plan to come to CBE. Coming ONLY for Schmaltz Bros? Just come on by.)

Esther's Cleansers 

Donate Cleaning Supplies for the Newly Re-Homed

We are collecting cleaning supplies to assist clients as they move from the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax to transitional or permanent housing. Please sign up ASAP so we'll know our commitments are covered, and drop off items in outdoor bins February 21-25 at the same times you can pick up your Shalach Manot. (We would appreciate your using our signup to indicate which day & time range you plan to come by, to help with safety and avoid waiting.) 

Did you know that “gifts to poor people” (matanot l’evyonim) during Purim is actually a mandate from Mordechai in the Book of Esther?

Celebrate Purim in Style with Sunflower Baked Goods!

Support the bakery that provides training and opportunity for workers with disabilities, and produces great kosher baked goods for Purim. 

Order by Monday, February 22 at 1:00 PM, and pick up at Beth Emeth Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM or 5:00-7:30 PM, or Thursday February 25, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Delicious kosher pareve Hamentaschen with many flavors and gluten free options, and other pastries. (We would appreciate your using our signup to indicate which day & time range you plan to come by, to help with safety and avoid waiting.)

And Don't Forget to Order Shalach Manot!

Show the Love; Order by February 14

It's already time to honor one of the Purim commandments by ordering Shalach Manot (Purim goodie bags for friends & family)! All congregants, BEECC families and staff/faculty have been sent a personalized mailing, but if you haven't received yours due to USPS delays, check out our Shalach Manot webpage for all the ordering information, and email for your login. Your login is the same as last year, if you saved it, or if you're new, just use the email address we have on file for username, and you should be able to retrieve your pre-set password. If you prefer to use a paper form, the webpage has info on that, too!

And don't forget to pick up your bag of Purim goodies! All congregant and BEECC families, and staff members will receive ONE bag. (We would appreciate your using our signup to indicate which day & time range you plan to come by, to help with safety and avoid waiting.)

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