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Purim 2013: Celebrate the Holiday in Pikesville

We've put together some events, including Megillah readings, shpiels, carnivals and more, to help plan your holiday celebration.

The Purim holiday begins at sundown Saturday, Feb. 23.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

6:30 p.m. Absolute Purim Celebration. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a wine tasting, this celebration includes Oh What a Shpiel! performace, The Jersey Bosy Megillah; a 7:30 p.m. dinner and show with belly dancing and Persian-style food. At Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation. Adults only. $25 per person. BYOB

6:30 p.m. Purim Un-Plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Bring a box of pasta or rice for your gragger, to be donated to a local food bank. Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd.

7 p.m. Purim Un-Plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Preschool Puppet Show followed by a mini carnival. Mintzes Theatre/Tuvin Hall. Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd.

7 p.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. "The Minyan" Megilla Reading. Dahan Sanctuary, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Epstein Chapel, 3300 Old Court Rd.

7 p.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Multimedia Megillah Reading. Dahan Sanctuary, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd. Followed by the Shushan Street Celebrations performing in the main auditorium.

7 p.m. Purim Shpiel. Rubin Sanctuary, Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

7 p.m. Purim Movie Night. Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation, 7000 Rockland Hills Dr. At 7 p.m. Maa'ariv/Megillah. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Movie: One Night With the King, an epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish girl who becomes the Biblical Esther, Queen of Persia. Free. Refreshments.

7:30 p.m. Megillah Reading. Town Center at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, 2434 W. Belevedere Ave., Baltimore.

8 p.m. Megillah Reading by Rabbi Maaravi. Guitars of Pikesville, 806 Reisterstown Rd., 2nd floor, S6. Free. More info: 410-415-5400.

For a full list of Megillah readings Saturday and Sunday, visit BaltimoreJewishLife.com's Extra magazine online, and flip to page 54.

SUNDAY, FEB. 24

8:30 a.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Sacharit & Megillah Reading. Dahan Sanctuary, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd.

9 a.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Womens'/Girls' Tefilah & Megillah Reading. Epstein Chapel, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd.

9 a.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. High School Megillah Reading. HS BEIT Midrash, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Rd.

9:30 a.m. Purim Carnival and Shpiel. Inflatibles, games, puppet show, ballooon animals and more. Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

10 a.m. Purim Un-plugged at Beth Tfiloh. Preschool Purim Seudah Brunch. A magician will entertain, and there will be facepainting, a moon bounce, costume parade and more. Reservations are required. Make reservations online. Crain Multipurpose Room, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd.

10 a.m. Purim Shpiel, Mitzvah Mall. For adults and children, Purim activities and Mitzvah Mall Tzedakah adventure. Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purim Carnival. Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Rd. Carnival games, a moon bounce, obstacle course, silent auction and more. For more info: 410-486-6400. Cost is $15 per child or $25 per family.

11:30 a.m. Megillah Reading. Sinai Hospital, in the Chapel, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore.

11:30 a.m. Purim Carnival. Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave. Inflatibles, games, puppet show, balloon animals and more.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purim Carnival. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Mechanical bull riding, toddler area and more. Open to the community.

Noon. Purim Shpiel. For children in grades 3-7. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

This list is incomplete. If your congregation, shul or synagogue is holding events, please post them in the comments section below this article.

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