7 Ways To Celebrate Purim Now

The masquerade holiday is around the corner and we’ve got your events right here: from costume contests to conversation to cocktails

Not all MOTs celebrate Halloween, but come spring many Jews don costumes, gorge on sweets and escape into a world of fantasy for a night. Cue Purim. Like many Jewish holidays, Purim’s origins are not necessarily the most festive (the day commemorates narrowly escaping mass destruction from an evil tyrant named Haman who was plotting to wipe out the Jewish people). But the end result is positive, and as the saying goes: “They tried to kill us, they didn’t succeed, let’s drink!” Much like the wine that will be overflowing, New York City offers an abundance of ways to engage in the joyful holiday. 

Seven ways to celebrate Purim in 2017:

Sunday March 5

Purim Carnival & Parade for Immigrants- Midwood

Perhaps now more than ever, there is a heightened sense of urgency to unite and protect those who may feel threatened. Join The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, the Workmen’s Circle and other Jewish organizations for the annual Purim carnival. This family-friendly event features international Jewish music, carnival games and a Purimshpiel. In remembering a time when Jews escaped oppression, themes will focus on social justice and immigrant rights.

1625 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, Free, 12pm – 3pm

Find more information here.

Monday March 6

Purim Workshop: Annihilation & Unity- Upper West Side

You need not be a Talmudic scholar to get something out of this workshop. Whether a talker or a listener, the evening will be brimming with conversation and learning, all in a low-key, social setting. JICNY’s Steve Eisenberg will deliver a Torah portion and MJE’S founder and director, Rabbi Mark Wildes, will lead the group in a spirited dialogue. Light fare and wine will be served.

131 W. 86th St., Manhattan, $5, 8-9:30pm

Get tickets here

Thursday March 9

Purim Ball – Meatpacking

Guests of this annual extravaganza won’t know what to focus on: from aerialists to winged LED belly dancers to Poi jugglers to hula hoop spinners to Purim video art, this is one shindig that believes more is more. Hundreds of masked revelers will join Isramerica at the Highline Ballroom to dine on hamentaschen, sip specialty cocktails and watch as art comes to life. You can even treat yourself to a childhood throwback and get your face painted.

431 W. 16th St., Manhattan, $10/$18/$25/$40 at the door, 8pm-late

Get tickets here.  

Thursday March 9

Wild West Purim Cocktail and Costume Party- Gramercy

Saddle up for this Western-themed costume party. Guests will gather at the Gem Saloon for a Purim-themed masquerade, hoedown, Western jamboree and cocktails with a wild twist. Yee-haw.

375 Third Ave., Manhattan, Early bird $20, Door $30, 6:30-9pm

Get tickets here.

Saturday March 11

Purim Eve on Broadway- Harlem

Masks can often reveal more than they cover up. In this multimedia exploration of competing ideals, the Jewish Theological Seminary delves into themes like faith and doubt, good and evil and courage and cowardice. Featuring a full Megillah reading, the subjects may sound weighty but the vibe will be light with costumes, hamantaschen, wine, and singing.

3080 Broadway (122nd St.), Manhattan, Free, 7:30-9:30pm

Make reservations here

Saturday March 11

Purim Spectacular- Upper East Side

Come in costume but make sure you can move. This annual bash features a DJ, festive spread and open bar. Guests will feel on top of the world as they enjoy the sights of the city from a rooftop view.

500 E. 62nd St., Manhattan, $40 in advance, $50 at the door, 8:30pm

Get tickets by emailing events@hineni.org or calling 212-496-1660

Saturday March 11

Purim Bash- Midtown West

Back for a 12th year in a row, the annual Purim Bash starts and ends late. Come for a drink, a dance, or if you’re really committed — participate in the costume contest. Spacious enough for 900 guests (that’s how many showed up last year), the swanky two-floor venue is a sprawling lounge that keeps the party going (and is known to get celebrity sightings). The night will feature a midnight Megillah reading, VIP areas, DJs … and promises for a few surprises.

16 W. 36th St., Manhattan, $15-$18, 10pm-3am

Get tickets here

Happy Purim!


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