O.C. Purim Scene

Holiday has many flavors.

The OC JCC is having a Purim carnival. GAP is doing a mitzvah project on March 25. Teens and Tweens will be making Purim Gift baskets. (949) 435-3400. One Federation Way, Suite 200. Irvine. www.jccoc.org

Chabad of Laguna, Congregation Kol Yaakov, will be having a pre-Purim bash for the youth groups JYC and CHI (High Five) on March 15. Activities include mask making, masquerading, games, Hamentaschen. Call (949) 499-0770 to RSVP. 30804 S. Coast Highwau, Laguna Beach.On March 24, at 7 p.m.,

Temple Beth Sholom will present the adult Purimspiel, which intersperses skits with the Cabaret-style Megillah reading. Cantorial Soloist Mark Thompson will play the guitar. March 20, the youth-oriented Purim program will include a Megillah reading at 9 a.m. and then a Purimspiel enacted by youngsters and puppets.

Following that, there will be a Purim carnival, complete with food, games, and prizes. (714) 628-4600. 2625 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana. www.tbsoc.com

Congregation Eilat will be having its traditional “Around the World” themed Purim Carnival on March 24 at 6pm. Every year the carnival features a different country, and this year it’s Japan. There will be a Japanese calligrapher, a sushi workshop, Komono bookmarks, Japanese food, live music and dancing. Call for brochure. Services are the same night, with the Megillah reading at 6:30 p.m.
Congregation Eilat’s Women’s Rosh Hodesh group will have a Purim-oriented discussion and activity on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. An adult education class, featuring Purim: Unmasking the Holiday of Joey, will be held on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (949) 770-9606. 22081 Hidalgo, Mission Viejo.

Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen, North County Chabad Center, will be having a Purim celebration on March 24 at 6:30 pm. There is an Israeli Dinner, prizes for kids in costumes, Hamentaschen, live music, and, of course, the Megillah reading. $20 Adults/$10 Children for RSVPs by March 21. At the door: $25/$15. On March 25 at 7 am, there will be the Minyan and Megillah reading. (714) 693-0770. 19045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. www.ocjewish.com

Congregation B’nai Tzedek will be performing a play of the story of Purim on March 24, with Services at 7 p.m. (714) 963-4611. 9669 Talbert Avenue, Fountain Valley. www.cbtfv.org

Congregation B’nai Israel’s traditional Purim Carnival will be on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On March 24, there will be a pizza dinner at 5:30 p.m., as well as a pre-school Service; at 6:30pm there will be the regular Service and the Megillah reading. (714) 730-9693. 2111 Bryan Ave., Tustin. www.cbi18.org

On March 24 at 6:30 pm, Temple Beth El of South Orange County will be having its traditional Service and Purim show. Every year an entirely congregant volunteered cast performs a musical parody of Purim. Last year cast members spoofed Motown, and this year it will be based on a hot and up-to-date Broadway musical — you have to show up to find out which one. Preceded by a Purim Service. (949) 362-3999. 2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo. www.templebethelsoc.org

Temple Beth Tikvah/Adat Ari will be having a Family Purim Service on March 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a PurimSpiel and masquerade, preceded by a potluck at 6:30 p.m. On March 26 there will be a family dance, Purim Fest at 7 p.m. — a costume ball for all ages. (714) 871-3535. 1600 N. Acacia Ave., Fullerton.

At Chabad of Newport Beach, a Japanese theme will guide the Purim celebration, starting at 6:15 p.m. on March 24 with the Megillah. Japanese activities include arts and crafts, a sushi demo, origami, bonsai, and Japanese food. (949) 721-9800. 3412 Via Oporto, Newport Beach.

At University Synagogue on March 24, congregants are encouraged to dress up for the 7 p.m. Purim Service. Party on March 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the annual Purim Carnival. (949) 553-3535. 3400 Michelson (at Harvard), Irvine. www.universitysynagogue.org

Join Temple Beth Ohr on March 20 for its annual Purim celebration. (714) 521-6765. 15721 Rosecrans Avenue, La Mirada.

Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, a Reform/Renewal congregation, will hold a Purim celebration and Megillah reading Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at Harvard Community Room, 14701 Harvard Ave., Irvine. (949) 551-2737. www.VoiceOfTheSoul.org

Hebrew Academy will host a Grand Purim Celebration, from 9 a.m. to noon on March 25. The festivities include Megillah readings, music, masquerading, costume
contests, raffles, holiday lunch, special entertainment, and much more. All
are invited to this Purim extravaganza. 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach. (714) 898-0051.

On March 27 Purimon, an Israeli-style Purim festival is being organized by the Israeli Scouts of Orange County — Shevet Tapuz. 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Tarbut V’Torah elementary school. (949) 235-6050, (949) 653-0421. www.tapuzoc.org

Also on March 27, Surf City Synagogue will hold a Purim Celebration that will be fun for the family. Call (714) 596-2220. www.surfcitysynagogue.org

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