Purim is Coming!

Wednesday night, March 16th - Thursday, March 17th
Adar 14

At Congregation Etz Hayim, we have multiple opportunities for engagement for all ages and tastes:

Mishloach Manot

(Purim Goodie Boxes)
Order deadline: Friday, March 4th, 2022

Share in the mitzvah of giving Mishloach Manot to other CEH families. Each Mishloach Manot is $18 and contains hamantaschen and other goodies. You can choose to send baskets to specific recipients, to the entire Congregation and all staff, or to Culpepper Gardens, a local senior community. Place your order for Mischloach Manot using ShulCloud by logging in via the Member Portal button at the top of this website. You’ll see a brown login button at the top right corner of your screen.

Then, return to this page and click the button below:

A big thank you to Phil Rosenthal for sponsoring the Mishloach Manot! All proceeds from your participation will benefit the synagogue.

If you have trouble logging into your ShulCloud account, please contact Marcy Burka at 703.979.4466 or accounting@etzhayim.net, or Dan Rosman at fundraising@etzhayim.net.

You can also order hamantaschen and cookies from Sunflower Bakery, which provides skilled job training and employment in the baking and hospitality industries for adults 18+ with learning differences.

Select Purim Pickup Locations during checkout, and choose 3/13/2022 Congregation Etz Hayim.

Order deadline is Thursday, March 10th, at noon.

Pickup is at CEH during the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 13th, between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

Purim Family Shabbat

Friday, March 11th
5:15 PM

CEH is hosting a Purim-themed Family Shabbat service appropriate for ages 6 and younger and their families. It will be led by Rav Natan and a special guest songleader. There will be crafts and a special to-go-neg.

Family Shabbat services are sponsored by the David T. Schwartz Fund.

(Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services will be held at 6:15 PM.)

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 13th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Come in costume and join us for an amazing Purim celebration!
Games | Raffle | Crafts | Prizes

$10 per child / $20 per family

Religious School will end at 11:30 AM, and all students will then join the carnival.

Children in grades K through 3 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian starting at 11:30 AM.

A parent/guardian for children in grades 4+ is not required. Pick-up is at 12:30 PM.

Sign up here to be a volunteer!

Purim Shpiel: “Brave Queen Esther”

Wednesday, March 16th
6:00 PM
This year’s shpiel, directed by Mimi Youkeles, will be performed by our 3rd through 7th graders. There will be lots of drama and music! Costumes encouraged—there will be a parade and prizes for all!
Please bring a box of pasta to use as a gragger (noisemaker) and then donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. One of the most important mitzvot of Purim is Matanot La’evyonim—when we help with food those who are in need.
You can also choose to attend the shpiel virtually. RSVPs only required if you are attending virtually.

Matanot La’evyonim

Gifts to the Poor

“Observe the 14th of Adar (…) as an occasion for sending gifts of food to one another, and gifts to the poor.” (Esther 9:21-22)

Giving to the poor is a mitzvah all year round. However, the mitzvah to do so on Purim is separate even from the general mitzvah of tzedakah (charity).

We will be collecting the following food items at CEH during all Purim events, to be donated to AFAC and other organizations.

  • Boxed pasta—to be used as a gragger and then donated after the shpiel
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut butter (in plastic jars)
  • Cereal (low sugar)

Megillah Reading

Thursday, March 17th
8:30 AM

We are happy to partner with our friends at Olam Tikvah in Fairfax for the Megillah Reading. Join us for morning services and a joyful Megillah Reading:

Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031

The livestream will be available here.

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