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

    A Year of Life Turned Upside Down: Ta’anit Esther with Hadar

    Thu February 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Mount Zion is a co-sponsor of this event.

    Join us on Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther) for a day of learning, prayer, service, and ritual.

    Purim marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives, bringing to mind the words of Megillat Esther, “Venahafoch Hu” – “and it was turned upside down.” On the day before Purim, the Fast of Esther offers an opportunity to reflect, pray, and commemorate this moment.

    The fast marks a time when the Jewish people faced imminent danger by fasting, praying, and preparing for Esther to change their fates. One year since this pandemic began, we still have much to do together. We will mark the lives lost, ask for healing of the sick, and hope that in the coming year, the world will once again take a sharp turn – this time towards good.

    Full schedule and registration.

    Erev Purim: PRAY! PLAY! PARTY!

    Thu February 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Festivities Re-zoom for A Night of Laughter and Levity!

    6:00-6:45 pm
    Pray: Purim in the Time of Zoom: A Silly Service, Pun-demic Humor, and Megillah Reading


    • Raffle of Mishloach Manot from us
    • Wear a fun Cost-zoom (costume) to add to the fun!
    • Photos and Winners from our Scavenger Hunt!
    • Hear the Megillah!

    6:45 pm:
    Play: Pandemic in Persia: A Zoom Shpiel
    Your Mount Zion staff and clergy tell the story of Purim, fit to our modern experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the action takes place on the royal Zoom account, as a plague ravages the kingdom of Persia. It’s the familiar tale of King Achashverosh, Esther, Mordechai, and Haman—just in quarantine.

    After shpiel; goes ‘til 8:00 pm: PARTY!
    Purim Parlor Party

    Stay on with us panim el panim after the shpiel for puns and pleasantries! Bring a joke to tell!