By Steve Guggenheim
Purim services are Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24. And that means it’s time to dress up in your favorite costume. The costume parade is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, with the full service and reading of the Megillat Esther at 7:30 p.m. Bring in a box of macaroni pasta and use it as your personal Grogger, then donate it to the Ohel Avraham Kosher Food Pantry.
Have you ever heard of Phone-A-Mitzvah? There will be a table in front of the Reader’s Table so you can use a cellphone during the M’gillah service so that those who are unable to attend physically can hear the service.
The Purim Carnival is Sunday, March 20, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Come for the prizes, come for the games, but definitely come for the fun.
The Werner Lecture Fund is sponsoring an evening of Leonard Bernstein’s music. The presentation by Otten and Kownacky takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Admission is free. On Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., the fund sponsors, “It’s More Than Matzo Balls,” with Marshall Alter. The cost is $7 a person and the class is limited to 15 people.
Karate Kares for Pancreatic Cancer. Learn how to kick, punch and block in this class, which is a fundraiser to help find a cure for the terrible disease . It will be taught on Sunday, April 3, at 12:15 p.m. by Maya Benson, a second degree Black Belt as part of her Bat Mitzvah project.
The Beth El Genealogy Club has two upcoming meetings. The topic Sunday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. is using probate records to find cousins. Another meeting will be held Sunday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. on Finding Family – Dead or Alive.
Among other events: The Men’s Club Sunday breakfast is Sunday, March 27. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torah and Teas with the Rabbi will be held March 28 and April 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The Beth El Seniors Model Seder is Thursday, April 7, at noon.
The Book Club meets Sunday, April 10, at 9:45 a.m.
Beth El is a Conservative synagogue drawing members from the Windsors, Hightstown, Cranbury, Robbinsville and surrounding communities. The office number is 609 443-4454.
By Steve Guggenheim