JCC prepares for its annual Purim Carnival


The auditorium inside the JCC in Vestal is being transformed into a giant playground as the J prepares to host its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday.

Purim is one of the more joyous Jewish holidays and celebrates Queen Esther’s success in foiling the plot of the evil Haman who wanted to kill the Jews.

Children and adults traditionally dress up in costume and the JCC will have plenty of games and prizes.

Plus there will be food for sale including bagels, knish, and other snacks.

Youth Coordinator Harrison Cohen says, “I grew up here as a kid and I came here as a kid. So I remember it being very very fun. It’s a big carnival for the children. You win prizes, there are cookies, inflatables and it’s just a good time. It is great when the weather is not the best outside.”

Plus, there’s hamentaschen, a delicious Purim cookie shaped like a triangle to represent Haman’s tri-corner hat.

The Purim Carnival runs from 1 to 3:30 on Sunday.

Admission is $5 for children and $1 for adults with a maximum of $20 per family.

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