Celebrating Purim

Rejoice, it’s Adar! Purim 5778 (February 28th) at Knesset Israel promises to be among the highlights of the year for all generations of Knesset Israel and their friends. A series of events, two of the four in conjunction with neighbor Temple Anshe Amunim, spaced over the Hebrew month of Adar, will celebrate this festive (and delicious) holiday.

Hamantashen
Every year volunteers of all ages bake thousands of hamantashen, share them with friends and family, deliver them to homebound seniors and in the process, raise thousands of dollars for the K.I. congregation. If you are interested in ordering these delicious homemade hamantashen, please contact the Knesset Israel office (Diana, 413-445-4872 x10) to receive an order form. Deadline for ordering is January 23rd. You may also order by the dozen after this date. Choices are apricot, raspberry, poppy seed and prune—all delicious—by emailing Cindy Helitzer, chelitzer2012@gmail.com. Many volunteers are needed to help with baking, packing, delivering and coordinating details for this great project! If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Cindy Helitzer. If you would like to volunteer to help deliver hamantashen to seniors who are homebound or live in retirement communities, please contact the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, (413) 442-4360.

Purim Carnival 
A fun and festive Purim Carnival will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. at Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield. Games of skill and chance, face-painting, prizes, await. This year the carnival is supervised by the Temple Anshe Amunim youth group, PFTY. Costumes are encouraged. Cost is $8/child or maximum of $20/family.

Purim Dinner, Service and Megillah Reading
On Wednesday, February 28, Knesset Israel and Temple Anshe Amunim come together at Knesset Israel for this ridiculously fun annual tradition. Dinner (free of charge) is at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP through knessetisrael.org or by calling (413) 445-4872. Maariv & Megillah Reading will be held at 6:15 p.m. Costumes are encouraged for all. Hamantashen and Ice Cream Dessert follow.

Purim Concert
Our annual Purim concert will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 at Knesset Israel. This is the tenth anniversary of the Knesset Israel Purim band—a very talented, creative and fun group of musicians. This year is their most ambitious yet—20 songs of the band’s greatest hits including an acoustic set and a rock and roll set. Always a lot of fun, with clever lyrics that are irreverent, joyfully telling the Purim story in “musical costume.” Be sure not to miss this fun and enjoyable evening