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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. On the Sunday following this Shabbat Purim celebration, we host our annual Purim Carnival at JBSC with games, prizes, and lots of hamantashen!

Totally '80s Shabbat Purim


Whether you’re a prep, skater, valley girl, head banger, jock, goth, or nerd, Shabbat Purim is going to be totally righteous!

On Friday, March 2, Persia is time-warping to the 1980s for this year's Shabbat Purim celebration! Come with us to the days when big hair and bigger boom boxes ruled the mall and neon was a primary color.

The Prom Committee is planning the BEST NIGHT EVER. There are, like, so many surprises, but here’s what we can tell you without them wiggin’ out on us:

6:00 pm – Dinner (registration required)

Families: We’re bringing the Food Court to WHC. It’s the best place to scope out the scene, and the food is awesome. ($20 for adults; $10 for kids ages 4-10; free for kids age 3 and under)

Adults: You get to talk about the real story of Purim over dinner, away from all the mall kids. Totally cool, and we hear they spiked the punch big time! ($20 per person)

Click here to RSVP.

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 Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, The Police, Whitney Houston, and more, played by the totally awesome cover band, PreFab 4!

8:00 pm – '80s Prom

Omigosh guys, the gym has never looked so awesome. You can get into the groove and bust a move on the dance floor because PreFab 4 will be playing the best '80s songs ever. If you, like, neeed a break from all the dancing, you can play some ‘80s trivia and games and get your Prom pix taken. And what’s Prom without a King and Queen? Yeah, right! We’ll have a Prom Court and crown the new royalty, fer sure.

What to Wear

‘80s Prom Style - your way! Choose your favorite ‘80s look and make it wicked cool.


Registration is required for dinner. Click here to RSVP.

What Was Your '80s Style?


The Totally ‘80s Purim Prom Committee is collecting photos for their Prom montage. It would be, like, so totally awesome to see a photo of you from the ’80! Email it to, and bring your family to our Totally ‘80s Shabbat Purim at Temple on Friday, March 2 so you can see the montage. It’s gonna be the most excellent night!!

Vote Now: Best of the '80s


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

Which wedding glued you to the tv – Princess Di & Prince Charles or Luke & Laura?

Were you a bigger fan of Cabbage Patch Kids or Garbage Pail Kids?

Choose your favorite from the eight categories on our Best of the '80s Ballot, and come to our Totally '80s Shabbat Purim on Friday, March 2 where the winners will be announced.

Click here to cast your votes.

Purim Lock-In


Date: Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4
Period: Lock-In Begins at 6:00 pm
Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

Grab your scrunchies and parachute pants and get ready to participate in one of our biggest youth events of the year: the Purim Lock-In and Purim Carnival. The fun begins on Saturday, March 3 with fun and mixers followed by a few hours of setting up, making signs, and decorating for the carnival. On Sunday, March 4, we will run the games and activities for the younger children. This event is open to all 8th- through 12th-graders.

This event is open to all 8th- through 12th-graders. Click here to register!

Purim Carnival


Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

This year’s Purim Carnival is a throwback to the great arcades of the '80s. There’s something for everyone with traditional carnival games, arcade favorites, inflatables, and more. Join us at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Sunday, March 4 at 12:00 pm for games, prizes, magic, pizza, and hamantashen. Give back to the community by participating in our food drives. Bring boxes of cereal or other non-perishable items and exchange them for free tickets to use at the carnival (one ticket per item, up to a maximum of five tickets).

Click here to register to volunteer!

Not Your Ordinary Hamantashen With Shannon Sarna


Whether your taste runs to savory or sweet, this baking demonstration and talk will have you preheating your oven and pulling out your rolling pin!

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: The Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Cost: Free
RSVP preferred: Click here to RSVP 

Shannon Sarna will tell you — hamantashen don’t need to be dry or crumbly, nor do they need to be filled with traditional jams and pie fillings.

And she should know! Ms. Sarna is the author of the cookbook Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More, the editor of the popular Jewish food blog The Nosher, and a contributing writer on Kveller. Born to an Italian mother who loved to bake, a Jewish father who loved to experiment, and a food chemist grandfather, loving and experimenting with diverse foods is simply in her blood.

Ms. Sarna's writing and recipes have been featured in Tablet Magazine, JTA News, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, The Jewish Week, Joy of Kosher Magazine, Vinepair, Modern Loss, and Buzzfeed. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts with a degree in comparative government and Spanish language and literature and lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband, daughters, and rescue dogs. 

Book sale and signing to follow the presentation. Open to the community — bring a friend!

Click here to register for this event.



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. Online ordering is now closed, but we invite you to visit our Pop-Up Shop to purchase a box.

WHECTY's Hamantashen Pop-Up Shop Hours

Sunday, February 25
11:00 am-12:00 pm at Temple and JBSC

Tuesday, February 27
11:00 am - 6:00 pm at JBSC

Wednesday, February 28
11:00 am - 6:00 pm at Temple

Friday, March 2
During the Shabbat Purim Prom (oneg) at Temple

Sunday, March 4
12:00 pm -3:00 pm during the Purim Carnival at JBSC

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