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This is a most fun and joyous holiday! At the Shabbat service closest to Purim, we read Megillat Esther and make a ton of noise every time Haman's name is mentioned. Children and adults alike come to Temple dressed in costumes to go along with our annual theme.

The Sunday before our Shabbat Purim celebration, we host our annual Purim Carnival at JBSC with games, prizes, and lots of hamantashen!

Totally '80s Shabbat Purim

Omigosh guys! Persia and WHC are time-warping to the decade when boom boxes were big, and hair was, like, bigger.

Find your neon everything, parachute pants, shoulder pads, and scrunchies, and get ready for a radical night!

Friday, March 22 at Temple

6:00 pm – Dinner

Join us and pay at the door (cash, credit cards, and checks accepted)
  $20 for all adults
  $10 for kids 4-10
  free for kids 3 and under

Families – We’re bringing the Food Court to WHC. It’s the best place to scope out the scene, and the food is awesome!

Adults – Our three Israeli couples who will be married at WHC on Tuesday, March 26 at "Three Weddings and a Statement" will be joining you to talk about marriage equality! Get to know these amazing people in advance of their big day.

7:00 pm Shabbat Purim Service

This is for everyone! Grab your BFFs and homeys and meet us in Kaufmann Sanctuary where some of your favorite ‘80s tunes will tell the story of Purim. We’ve got a clutch mix tape that includes all the best '80s bands.

8:00 pm After Party!

Dude, the gym has never looked so awesome! There's an '80s cover band playing, so you can bust a move on the dance floor, play some ‘80s trivia and games, or totally chill with your buds. It's gonna be righteous, for sure!

Young Professionals (2239's Metro Minyan) – Join our Adult Dinner and meet the "Three Weddings and a Statement" couples while you enjoy dinner and drinks. At 7:00 pm break off for your own Purim Metro Minyan service and then rejoin the congregation for our totally awesome, totally '80s after party! You can totally click here to rsvp.


Vote Now: Best of the '80s


It's time to relive – or teach your kids/grandkids about – the iconic '80s!

What to know which wedding glued us to the tv – Princess Di & Prince Charles or Luke & Laura?

Were we bigger fans of Cabbage Patch Kids or Garbage Pail Kids?

Find out what the WHC community chose for these and six other categories in our Best of the '80s Ballot tonight during WHC's "Totally '80s Shabbat Purim"!



Celebrate Purim with a box (or more!) of delicious hamantashen.

Boxes cost $6 each and include four large hamantashen. All proceeds from sales go to supporting WHECTY, Washington Hebrew's senior youth group.

Advance, online ordering for Hamantashen has now ended, but you can still get Hamantashen — and support WHECTY!

Buy your hamantashen at our “pop-up” shops:

  • Sunday, March 10: at Temple and JBSC, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 12: at JBSC, from  2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13: at Temple, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 17: at JBSC, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm during the Purim Carnival
  • Friday, March 22: at Temple, from 8:00 – 9:00 pm at the Shabbat Purim "After-Party"

If you can't make it to the "pop-up" shop, please email Ira Miller,, and we will do our best to make other arrangements. Happy Purim!