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    Purim Schedule

    Even during a Pandemic, Purim at BZBI has something for everyone! There are multiple opportunities to participate, hear the megillah, celebrate with new and old friends, and of course be goofy!  

    Mishloach Manot Bags and Scrolls for the benefit of Youth and Family Education

    Delivery took place on Sunday February 21

    Every year, our Youth & Family Community launches a Mishloach Manot campaign that allows every member of the BZBI community to partake in the mitzvah of sending treats to our friends, loved ones and neighbors.

    If you live in Philadelphia, your bag was delivered on Sunday, February 21. If you live outside of the city, you can schedule a pick from the synagogue the week of Purim. If you are an Early Childhood family, your Mishloach Manot was sent home with your child.

    If you do not want to pick up the physical bag that people may send to you, just check the box stating so. The bag’s cost will be donated back to the fundraiser and you will only be given the “scroll” listing everyone who sent a bag to you.

    The Bible Players: Esther to the Rescue!

    • Wednesday, February 24, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
    • The Bible Players will be joining BZBI for a special interactive Zoom improv Purim Spectacular before Purim and the first Megillah reading. All kids (ages 5 and up) and families are welcome. We will learn about community/קְהִילָה/kehilla, and laugh till Hamantaschen is coming out of our noses. More information here.

    Matanot L’Evyonim benefiting the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA)

    • Last day to donate is Thursday, February 25
    • Matanot L’evyonim (gifts to the poor) is a key mitzvah of the Purim holiday. Traditionally, the community provides a Purim meal for anyone who cannot afford their own; in our day, we make contributions benefiting the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) to alleviate food insecurity. Along with your Mishloach Manot, we hope you will also make a donation to JRA to fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L’evyonim as well. Suggested donation amount for Matanot L’evyonim is as much as you would spend on a meal. Click here to donate.
    • The Jewish Relief Agency serves over 6,400 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia by relieving hunger, improving lives, and strengthening our community. During JRA’s Monthly Food Distribution Program, volunteers pack and hand-deliver free, nutritious food and hygiene supplies to individuals in need.

    Evening Megillah Reading and Service

    Erev Purim, Thursday, February 25

    6:15 PM – Maariv Minyan
    6:30 PM (approximately) – Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel
    There is no 8:30 evening minyan

    Use the regular BZBI Zoom Services Link
    Megillat Esther can be viewed here

    Thank you to readers Rebecca Bushee, Harris Devor, Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Rebecca Krasner, Odelia Krasner-Friedman, Johannah Lebow, Rabbi Annie Lewis, Gaby Marantz, Oren Pollak, and Amy Shulz.

    Pandemic Purim Shpiel

    Watch live and recorded video sketches and skits which will premiere during the BZBI megillah reading. The theme this year is “Pandemic Purim.”

    Thank you to Purim Shpielers: 8th Graders & Max Buchdahl, EC Kids, EC Staff, Temple office staff, Amit Schwalb, and the Chelm players.

    Pandemic Purim Bingo

    During the Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel, community members are invited to play PURIM BINGO. Download a bingo card here!

    Purim Game Night

    Stay after the Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel for a Purim Game Night including Purim Pictionary, led by Sarah Fleishman and Cantor Rebecca Carl.

    Morning Megillah Reading and Service

    Purim, Friday, February 26

    7:45 AM – Morning Minyan
    8:15 AM (approximately) – Megillah Reading
    5:30 PM – Tot Shabbat
    6:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

    Use the regular BZBI Zoom Services Link
    Contact us to request Tot Shabbat access
    Megillat Esther can be viewed here