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Purim 2021/5781

Purim is the time to rejoice, not only DESPITE the absurdity of our world, but BECAUSE of the absurdity of our world. There is no better time than now for our Beth Or community to come together (socially distanced, of course) to celebrate!

Please join us!

Purim Gifts for Beth Or Friends - Mishloach Manot

Send your Personalized Greetings from February 1 - 19

Join in the mitzvah of sending Mishloach Manot. Send fellow congregants or CECE friends a personalized greeting to be added to a customized bag of Purim goodies including hamantashen and more. Check your inbox for an email from Congregation Beth Or (email address will be with complete details. Each congregant will receive a unique participation link in this email and this is the only way to participate. Goodie bags and greetings will be available for pickup at our Worst Purim CARnival Ever drive through event on 2/21 (scroll down for Carnival info and RSVP).

Contact Jennie Nerenberg or Samantha Drossner with any questions. 


  • How much does this cost?  There is no charge for you to send as many Purim greetings as your wish.
  • Don't know what to say? Here are a few suggestions:  "Happy Purim", "Chag Purim Sameach!", "Thanks for being a great friend - hope to see you soon!".  If you don't know what to say just select your friends and your name will still be listed on those families' list of greetings.
  • How do I participate? Check your emails from Beth Or for a personalized link to sign in. If you can't find it, email either Jennie Nerenberg of Samantha Drossner (click their names above) and they will send you a new link.
  • How can I get my greetings & bag of treats? Your family's bag of treats/greetings can be picked up at the designated station in the Beth Or parking lot during the Purim CARnival on February 21, 11am - 2pm.
  • Can't pick up your bag of treats? Greetings will be mailed to those who don't pick up their bags on 2/21.
  • What is the deadline for sending greetings? Friday morning, February 19.


Hamantashen Baking with Samantha & Haley Drossner 

Thursday, February 18 • 7pm • Facebook Live  

Learn from two Hamantashen enthusiasts, Beth Or members Samantha and Haley Drossner as they make the delicious Purim pastry which reminds us of that wicked, wicked man’s hat! Join us on live on the Beth Or Facebook page.

Download/Print Recipe 

Purim Carnival (Worst Purim CARnival Ever!)

Sunday, February 21 • 11am – 2pm • Beth Or Parking Lot  (rain/snow date: Sunday, 2/28)

Click here to register now!  Advance registration is required by February 18 so we know to expect you and can have your gift bag ready!

Since this year is so bizarre, and Purim is a topsy-turvy day,  join us to REVel in the fact that this will be the worst Purim CARnival you’ve ever attended. Buckle up for this fun drive-thru event with multiple interactive stations, giveaways and prizes! 

Enter the Carnival from the Butler Pike parking lot entrance and weave your way through the booths, including: 

  • Drawing of (Parking) Lots: Haman drew lots to pick a day to kill the Jews. You'll pick a ticket in the parking lot and be entered to win prizes!
  • Shoe Shines: We said "Shushan" - the setting of the Purim story. But they heard "Shoe Shine!" It's ok, we'll roll with it. Drop off new or gently used shoes for our collection drive, benefiting Soles for Souls.
  • Car Vash(ti):  Vashti was a role model for women everywhere. She stood up for herself. Here's your chance to be a role model for our young adults. For a suggested $10 donationour YOBO students will dress up your car! Proceeds help support our Youth group programming.
  • Give More(dechai): Moredechai helped save the Jews. Here's your chance to help those in need. Bring your own paper goods - a roll of toilet paper, paper towels, or bag of napkins and toss into the giant barrels to win prizes. Your donations will benefit Manna on Main Street & Interfaith Housing Network. (You can drop off canned/boxed goods at this station, too!)
  • Esther(ical) Comedy Club:  Laugh until you cry while we entertain you with silly jokes and Jewish humor.
  • AchashverROSH (Hashanah):  Did we get the memo wrong? Rather than honoring this famous and foolish king of the Purim story, pick up a Tootsie Pop (a Beth Or High Holiday Tradition!) as we mistakenly welcome in the Jewish New Year. 
  • Mishloach My (Gift) Notes:  Partake in this mitzvah of giving to friends on Purim! Pick up a bag with well wishes from your Beth Or community
  • Mr. Grogger's Neighborhood: Our CECE & Camp Harlam are handing out groggers that you can decorate at home. Camp Information will be available. You'll need these for what's coming next!
  • Hey, Man!:  We were talking about that wicked, wicked man! But they heard it as a chance to just say "Hey, man!" Make sure to remind them that they are saying the name of the most wicked man of the Purim story! Make some noise with your groggers and boo them on your way out as you hear the name of Haman! Or, Hey, Man?
  • Photo Station: This is the only station where you leave your car. Have your photo taken at our photo booth and pick up your memento. Congratulations, you have participated in the WORST PURIM CARNIVAL EVER! We hope you had the BEST time!

Download/View/Print Carnival Flyer

Megillah Reading, Ma'ariv & Purim Schpiel 

Thursday, February 25 • 6pm - 7pm • Zoom  

You’ve booed at the mention of Haman’s name. But have you ever MUTED Haman’s name? Here’s your chance as we listen to the Purim story read by our Beth Or clergy and congregants. You'll also enjoy a short virtual Purim Schpiel performed by our Jr. Choir.  

Register for Zoom link. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with information and the Zoom meeting link.

Fri, March 5 2021 21 Adar 5781