Holiday and Special Services


Purim at Beth El is a joyful celebration. Our Purim activities include our very popular kid’s spiel, “A Bit O’ Megillah,” and our annual “Megillah Madness” celebration — which was even once mentioned on an episode of the hit television show The West Wing.

2019/5779 Purim Schedule


Sunday, March 17

  • 11:00–11:45 am Bit O’ Megillah for preschoolers and parents. Storytellers Renee Brachfeld and Mark Novak will bring the Purim story to life for families with children in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
  • 11:45 am–2:30 pm Annual Purim Carnival hosted by Beth El Men’s Club
  • 6:00 pm Purim party at Beth El with the Beth El Day School Committee and the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.

Wednesday, March 20 – Be sure to come in costume.

  • 7:30 pm: Megillah Madness presents “Rescue Me! A Tribute to Aretha Franklin and Motown”
  • 8:00 pm: Ma’ariv and the full Megillah reading

Thursday, March 21

  • 7:30 am: Morning minyan includes a special Torah reading for the holiday plus reading of the Megillah.


Matanot L’evyonim (gifts for the needy): This is one of the most important mitzvot of Purim. Please bring canned or packaged food to Beth El, and it will be donated to a local food bank. Collection bins will be in the lobby on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.


Purim Pictures

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Past Purim Programs

Below are a selection of program guides from past Megillah Madness celebrations. Click on each link to open a PDF in a new window.

  • 2011 – A Very Disney Purim
  • 2010 – Shush-a-Lot
  • 2009 – Rock, Soul, & Billy Joel
  • 2007 – A Rock ‘N Roll Purim
  • 2006 – Megillah on the Roof
  • 2005 – Megillah Madness on Broadway
  • 2004 – Disco Purim
  • 2002 – Rock ‘N Roll Purim
  • 2003– Rock ‘N Roll Purim