Purim at Mount Zion – The Best Jewish Holiday for All Ages!

Purim commemorates the story of Esther, who rescued the Jews of ancient Persia (now Iran) from
persecution. Traditions include dressing in costume and eating hamantaschen (triangular stuffed
pastries). It is our Spring time (!) chance for some fun! At Mount Zion, we celebrate the holiday with a Brief Service, Megillah Reading, and performance. This celebration often includes a Shushan Deli, where food may be purchased. Then we hold a carnival on a Sunday during Religious School, in which we have a brief version of the Purim Service & Megillah Reading and then a Purim Carnival, which is open to everyone (invite your friends)! Learn more about Purim.

Due to COVID-19, this year will look a little different, but we can still celebrate virtually!


Purim Events

    The Persian Purim Pivot

    Sun March 13, 2022 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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    One event on Wed March 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Purim Carnival
    Sunday, March 13

    Purchase wristbands for kids and choose a timeslot.
    Option 1: 9:30-11 am OR Option 2: 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: $15/one child; $25/two or more children
    This cost includes all activities. It does not include food, which will be cash only and will be determined one week before the carnival.

    We are so excited to celebrate Purim with our most fun carnival yet! Wear a costume and join us for inflatables, carnival games, prizes, food, and a Megillah reading! This event is open to the whole family. Register and select your preferred time slot. Please wear a mask during the carnival. Weather permitting, we will have food available outside.

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    The Persian Purim Pivot
    Wednesday, March 16

    Join us for a joyful Purim celebration with some annual favorites and new traditions! Costumes are encouraged!

    5:00 pm: Outdoor Shushan Deli
    6:00 pm: Spirited Purim service, Megillah reading and shpiel – Livestreaming available starting at 6pm
    After the shpiel: Latke/Hamentaschen Debate!
    Local comedians Elise Cole (who grew up at MZ) and Max Hornstein will debate the merits of these holiday delicacies and MZ congregant Michael Tortorello will moderate.

    Max Hornstein is an up and coming stand up comedian from Minneapolis, with a comedy style that can only be described as Jewish hipster chic. Max generally likes to spend his Purim hoarding poppyseed hamantaschen from the clamoring masses.

    Elise Cole works at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis and has opened for Doug Stanhope and Judy Gold. Soon to be mother of two boys, she’s releasing her debut comedy album summer 2022

    Ta’anit Esther with Hadar Fasting: Who? What? Why?

    Wed March 16, 2022 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

    On the day before Purim, the Fast of Esther offers an opportunity to reflect, pray, and mark moments of need, both historical and contemporary. For some, fasting feels self-evident; for others, it raises more questions than answers. This Ta’anit Esther, take time to reflect on the nature of fasting from historical, personal, and emotional perspectives. We’ll explore the particular history behind the Fast of Esther, the unintended consequences of fasting, and the ways in which fasting, prayer, and justice all wind together. Learn with us all day or hop on for a single session.

    The Purim Parody Pivot!

    Wed March 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Join us for a joyful Purim celebration with some annual favorites and new traditions! Costumes are encouraged! Livestreaming available starting at 6pm

    5:00 pm: Outdoor Shushan Deli
    Food and drink available for purchase! Please bring cash.
    Gluten-free, dairy-free options will be available.

    6:00 pm: Spirited Purim service, Megillah reading and Sing-Along Shpiel
    Join for a Purim-Lin-Manuel-Miranda Extravaganza featuring music from Encanto, Hamilton, and Moana! Brush up on the songs we’ll be parodying with our Purim 2022 playlist!

    After the shpiel: Latke/Hamentaschen Debate!
    Local comedians Elise Cole (who grew up at MZ) and Max Hornstein will debate the merits of these holiday delicacies and MZ congregant Michael Tortorello will moderate.

    Max Hornstein is an up and coming stand up comedian from Minneapolis, with a comedy style that can only be described as Jewish hipster chic. Max generally likes to spend his Purim hoarding poppyseed hamantaschen from the clamoring masses.

    Elise Cole works at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis and has opened for Doug Stanhope and Judy Gold. Soon to be mother of two boys, she’s releasing her debut comedy album summer 2022

Purim Playlist