Upcoming Special Events!


Don’t miss any of  the ways to celebrate Purim at BAJC. Be sure to save the following dates, and join us for some topsy-turvy fun to offset the darkness.

March 17, 3:30 pm — Purim at Hebrew School — kids and teachers come in costume! We’ll “nosh some hammantaschen,” as the song tells us to, , and act out the story of Purim. Parents welcome!

March 20, 7 pm — Wine and study: we’ll read the whole megillah — in English — and discuss the story while enjoying some hammantaschen and alcoholic beverages. Come in costume!

Saturday, March 23rd from 7-10 pm —  PURIMPALOOZA PARTY!

Costume Contest Prizes for:
(1)Best costume representing characters in the Purim story:

King Ahashverosh, Queen Esther, Queen Vashti,

                           Mordecai,  Haman, Zeresh(Haman’s wife)                           

(2) Best Overall Costume             (3)Best Children’s Costume

Got the cabin fever blues?
Worn out by the nightly news?
Don’t despair 


On Saturday, March 23rd BAJC is having a party! Wear your wildest costumes and masks, or come as a character from the Book of Esther, which tells the story of Purim. Narrator Chelsa Roy will lead us in her spectacular version of the  Purimshpiel, a comic dramatization of what transpired on Purim. You will be able to vent your rage at evil and oppression by shaking groggers (noisemakers) at every mention of the name of Haman, evil advisor to the arrogant and self-centered king, and you will cheer as one brave undercover Jewish woman saves the whole Jewish people. We’ll drink some beer and wine (supplied by Windham Wines), and eat some great food and pastries (including hamantaschen, the special Purim delicacy, from Monkey Moon Bakery and other fine bakers).

Back by popular demand will be the outstanding singer Wanda Houston accompanied by our own Eugene Uman. The evening will also include other local musicians including our own Cantor Kate Judd singing cabaret songs and Vibrant Ensemble with Stephan Brandstatter and Dennis Waring playing culturally inspired world music. Maggid David Arfa will also be sharing one of his heartwarming and thought-provoking stories for us. There will be a costume contest with $200 worth of awesome prizes. We’ll be at the Vermont Jazz Center again, generously donated by Director Eugene Uman.

Wanda L. Houston, for those of you who don’t remember her stunning performance at Purimpalooza 2017, has performed on Broadway stages, in films, and many recordings.

If you’d like to help with food or pastries please contact the hospitality committee (laura@bajcvermont.org).

If you’d like to help with decorating, mask making, set up, or breakdown, please contact Stephan@bajcvermont.org or kate@bajcvermont.org.

We’re hoping to be sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, so if you bake or cook you can have your expenses paid. It’s family fun for all ages.  Admission is by free-will donation — no one will be turned away for lack of funds — along with a non-perishable food item to benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Sponsored in part by a grant by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.