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Purim Celebration and Herringfest: The Purim Edition

A Purim Dinner featuring herring from the world-famous Russ & Daughters, foods from other fine purveyors, and an entertaining talk from Rabbi Soloveichik

Wednesday, February 28, 6:15PM

The reading of Megillat Esther begins promptly at 6:15 pm in the Large Synagogue. Children are invited to the Elias Room for a special program just for them, including a Purim show by Story Arts. Parents are encouraged to arrive at 6:00 pm in order to help their children settle in and then make their way to the Large Synagogue in time for Megillah.
After megillah reading, in the tradition of our past standout “educulinary” events, we bring you our annual Purim Dinner—with a salty twist!
This year, building on the success of last year’s HerringFest, we’re holding the sequel on Purim night, after megillah reading. Other smoked fish as well as non-fishy treats will round out this delectable dinner. (Note to parents: don’t worry, there will be plenty of food for kids who don’t like herring!)

Members (Procrastinator Pricing began February 12):


$18/Child under 12


Non-Members (Procrastinator Pricing began February 12):


$20/Child under 12

Sponsorship levels:
$250 (includes 2 adult meals)
$180 (includes 1 adult meal)

In addition to the tasty dinner, guests will enjoy our annual children’s costume parade.  


Click here for HerringFest registration and sponsorships.


Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

Gershom Mendes Seixas

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