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Purim Youth Programming 2019

Talking Hands Puppet Show

The reading of Megillat Esther begins promptly at 7:15 pm in the Large Synagogue. Children are invited to the Elias Room for their own special Purim “infotainment” program. Parents are encouraged to arrive at 7:00 pm, in order to help their children settle in and then make their way to the Large Synagogue in time for Megillah.


We welcome back The Talking Hands Theatre puppet show who will entertain our younger members during the reading of the Megillah this year!

All children are invited for Anna Sobel and her cast of Purim characters to entertain them with an interactive Purim puppet show featuring big, colorful, Carnivale-inspired puppets. The audience is invited to sing, dance, learn a Middle Eastern rhythm, play "Haman Says," and get to know the characters of the Purim story. Liz will oversee childcare for the younger children (children below two years old must be accompanied by their own caregiver) while Nat will be supervising the older kids.

If you would like to sponsor our children's Purim festivities (for as little as $36!), click here.

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