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This is such a 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.

Country music, southern cooking, and sweet tea

It’s a good old fashioned, country-fried Purim at WHC

The “Old Country Road” leads to Macomb Street

Where Esther, Mordechai, Ahasuerus, and Haman will all meet

In boots, bandanas, and cowboy hats

Well, yee-hah! How about that?

Country Fried Shabbat Purim

Friday, March 6 at Temple

6:00 pm – Shabbat Purim Service

7:00 pm – WHC's Purim County Fair

Come for our WHC family picnic with lawn games, a photo booth, and some of the best southern cooking this side of, well, the South. We've got fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits & gravy, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, an ice cream sundae bar, and so much more!


Purim Carnival


Our Purim Carnival is too great to contain, and for the first time, we will hold two Purim Carnivals — one at Temple and one at JBSC.

All students in Religious School will attend the Carnival during their Religious School session. Lunch will be available after 12:00 pm; if students would like to stay after Religious School ends, parents must accompany them.

Families with young children (ages 2-5) are welcome to come beginning at 11:00 am.

Date: Sunday, March 8

    Religious School students: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Families with young children: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Locations: Temple & the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

Cost: Free! That's right! No tickets to purchase - lunch is included too (we will be selling our delicious hamantashen, though). Just come and enjoy!

Suggested Donation: A children's book, which we will donate to local nonprofits who help give students greater access to education


We are looking for middle and high school students and adults who can help us before, during, and after the carnival. Learn more and sign up by clicking here.

WHECTY's Progressive Purim Prep Program


Join us for WHECTY’s Purim Prep Program! For the first time in the history of Washington Hebrew Congregation we will be setting up and running TWO Purim Carnivals at two different locations!

We need the help of our 8-12 graders to make this the best Purim ever! Join us on Saturday, March 7 for a Progressive Purim Prep Program!

Here's a rundown of how the busy evening will go:

5:00 p.m. Purim Prep Program begins at Temple (optional bus from the Bindeman Center at 4:30 p.m. – please be sure to sign up for the 4:30 p.m. Bindeman bus option!)
5:00 – 6:45 p.m. Purim Prep at Temple
6:45 p.m. Bus to the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (NO students will be allowed to drive themselves during the program)
7:15 P.M. Dinner and Purim prep at JBSC
10:00 p.m. Special celebratory Dessert
10:30 p.m. End of Program! (optional bus to Washington Hebrew Congregation which will arrive at 11 p.m. – please be sure to sign up for the 10:30 p.m. Temple bus option)

There is no cost to attend but you MUST register in advance!

Please click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions please contact Ira Miller.



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.

Click here to preorder your hamantashen! 
(This is the best way to make sure you get the flavors you want!)

You can also buy hamantashen during the first week of March at our "pop-up" shops at both Temple and JBSC.

Temple pop-up shop dates and times:
  • Sunday, March 1 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Monday, March 2 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, March 6 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Shabbat Purim Oneg)
  • Sunday, March 8 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
JBSC pop-up shop dates and times:
  • Sunday, March 1 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Monday, March 2 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 8 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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!

Queens Crowns, & Masks: A Night of Purim & Modern Ritual


Join Rabbi Samantha Frank of Modern_Ritual & Rabbi Eliana Fischel for an alternative Purim event perfect for young professionals (i.e. not the typical drunken Purim scene).

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: WHC on Macomb St. (3935 Macomb St. NW)
Cost: $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

We'll learn a little about our Purim Queens, create our own art around our connections to these fierce women, chat with Rabbi Frank about how she is changing the image of Judaism one post at a time, and, finally, join together in havdalah.

Drinks (it is still Purim after all), snacks, and hamantashen will be provided.

Please click here to RSVP.

We do not want the cost of this event to preclude you from attending. If you need assistance with paying, please email

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