Purim at KI: scroll for details on mishloach manot, services, and Purim parties

Mishloach Manot

The deadline to submit Mishloach Manot orders has passed.

Interested in volunteering?

Our helpful volunteers make this program possible!

Assembly: We will assemble the mishloach manot on a weekday toward the end of February. Date TBA shortly. If you are interested please email info@congki.org or call 617-277-9155. Thanks!

Delivery: If you are willing and able to volunteer for 2-3 hours, we need help delivering baskets on Sunday, February 25. Email info@congki.org or call 617-277-9155. Thank you!

Children’s Purim Puppet Show With Washington Square Minyan

Wednesday, February 28 in the Library
5:00 pm puppet show
5:20 pm pizza dinner & hamentaschen –
Please register

Join Washington Square Minyan for a children’s Purim puppet show. After, there will be pizza and hamentaschen. Please register online if you plan to stay and eat!

Purim Evening Services

Wednesday, February 28 in Epstein Auditorium

  • Mincha at 5:45 pm
  • Ma’ariv at 6:00 pm
  • Megillah reading at 6:10 pm

Services begin in Epstein Auditorium at 5:45 pm, followed by Ma’ariv at 6:00 pm and a complete traditional Megillah reading at 6:10 pm. All are welcome and costumes are encouraged! Bring your family and friends.

Campus-Wide Purim Party

Gold mask above multicolor beads and ribbonsWednesday, February 28
After the Megillah reading

Stay after the Megillah reading for a campus-wide Purim Party! Featuring:

  • Food & Live Music
  • Costume Contest for All Ages
  • Israeli Dancing – Beginners welcome!

The campus-wide Purim Party is co-sponsored by Congregation Kehillath Israel, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Center Makor, and Minyan Shaleym.

Volunteers wanted!

Help us decorate on Tuesday, February 27, or assist in supervising the liquor during the party on Wednesday, February 28. Email info@congki.org if you are interested.

Purim Shpiel Volunteers Requested

Calling all performers! There will be a short Purim Spiel at 8:30 after the Megillah reading on Wednesday, February 28. Center Makor is planning the Shpiel and seeking volunteers to act and narrate. Please contact Vladmir (vlad@centermakor.org) for more details.  There will most likely be three rehearsals.

Purim Morning Service

Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 am in Epstein Auditorium

Join us for a traditional Purim service and complete Megillah reading.

Purim Carnival
With KI Preschool

Sunday, March 4
10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Epstein
Pre-Pay discount: $15 per family
At the door: $18 per family

Hosted by KI & KI Preschool with Yachad, Center Makor, and WSM. Carnival games, bounce house, magic show, Elmo appearance, snacks, raffles, low sensory activities and more!

Payment & RSVP: $15 per family (pre-pay via PayPal.me/KINSPTO) or $18 at the door donation to benefit KI Preschool). Please also RSVP to kinspto@gmail.com.

Purim Masquerade with Center Makor

Saturday, March 3
7:30 pm in Epstein
With Center Makor – 
Purchase tickets online
Admission $25 general, or $32 (2 drinks included)
Student/senior admission $20

Enjoy a buffet, photo booth, game booths with prizes, interactive Purim shpiel, and lots of dancing! Cash bar for 21+. Queen’s Order: Wear a mask or costume! Please no jeans or sneakers. Please direct all questions to Center Makor: centermakor@gmail.com.

Also sponsored by RJCF, Agency Dialog, Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, RememberUs.org, Boston Bards, Petropol, Theater Krug, Jookender, Association Chaverim and others.

Purim Generosity

And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters to all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both near and far, to enjoin them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly … that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
(Esther 9:20-22)

Yad Chessed

Yad Chessed is a local grassroots charity that provides emergency and supplemental assistance to needy families in the greater Boston Jewish community. It has created a community-wide program building on the ancient Jewish practice of giving matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor), which the Book of Esther enjoins us to do on Purim day. In 2017, Boston-area synagogues, Minyanim, Day Schools, and Hillels contributed to the Purim Appeal. Yad Chessed distributed all $143,500 raised to families in need on Purim day.

Please join us this year as we collect matanot l’evyonim funds at the megillah reading on Purim night, Wednesday February 28. Bring your check payable to Yad Chessed with you that night or drop it off in advance at the synagogue office. We will tally the collection and inform Yad Chessed of the amount the next morning so that all funds can be distributed on Purim day.

You can also donate online by 11 am on Thursday, March 1 at www.yadchessed.org/purim. Please put “Congregation Kehillath Israel” in the “Synagogue Affiliation” field.

Leket Israel

If you are interested in contributing more globally, Leket Israel is the largest food bank in Israel, and has been a leader and an expert in food rescue nationwide since 2003. The organization sources, collects and redistributes fresh, perishable, quality food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls. This is done in an effort to aid the quarter of the country’s population that lives below the poverty line. You may donate matanot l’evyonim funds to Leket Israel either through KI, via the office or on Purim night, or by going online to www.leket.org.