Purim Festivals and Carnivals around LA

Costume Parades, Hamentaschen, Purim Celebrations

Not too sure what Purim is? Imagine something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras, and you'll more or less have it. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous rabbinical revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all. But Purim is worth knowing. Its story has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers - at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)

Hollywood / Mid-town

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Beth Am
1039 La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Beth Am's Purim Carnival is grand, with highlights that include puppies, pony rides, giant slides, a dunk tank, a Ferris wheel, game booths, cotton candy, arts & crafts, hair feathers, and a DJ spinning tunes.

Purim Justice Carnival
March 4, 2015
Westside Jewish Community Center
 5870 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The annual Justice Carnival offers its costume parade for the younger set the morning after the more rockin' celebration.

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Emanuel
300 N. Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Temple Emanuel's Purim carnival rocks Beverly with a DJ, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a Kiddie Korner for preschoolers, a dunk tank, face painting, a bungee run, the requisite costume contest, and loads of great food - including a visit from the Purim-loving In-N-Out Truck, and its arch-nemesis, Jamba Juice.

The Valleys

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356
Temple Judea hosts the biggest Purim Carnival in the Valley, with plenty of room for dancing in the street. The area becomes a mini-Disneyland with rides, games, crafts, a show, food, and shopping that raise thousands of dollars for scholarships.

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place
Northridge, CA 91326
Ahavat Shalom celebrates the holiday with rides, games, a DJ, plenty of food, prizes, and music - and, yes, costumes are expected.

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607
The Valley Village celebration includes rides, games, live music, a petting zoo, and a dunk tank for Haman.

Westside

Street Fair and Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Santa Monica Synagogue
1448 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Santa Monica Synagogue's annual Purim event has grown to be the biggest on the Westside. 18th Street is closed for a day of fun open to all the neighbors with games, music, bounce houses, a zip line, a book sale and gift bazaar, magic, and more to keep the whole family entertained. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and join in the contest and parade.

Palisades Purim Family Social
March 4, 2015
Chabad of Pacific Palisades
17315 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90077
Chabad of the Palisades celebrates Purim with local families in the evening this year. Families are encouraged to attend in masquerade, and all kids in costume take home a prize. Face painting and much bouncing are promised.

Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Temple Beth Shir Shalom
1827 California Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
The annual Purim Carnival begins with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Purim shpiel (play) and continues with a moonbounce, dunk tank, face painting, plenty of games, and all sorts of food,

Leo Baeck Temple Shpiel & Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles CA 90049
Revelers should wear masks or costumes to enjoy great food, hamantashen, live music, games, prizes, and entertainment.

Wilshire Boulevard Purim Carnival
March 8, 2015
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
11661 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90064
Rides, games, music, and magic help families to celebrate another historical round of good triumphs over evil.

Originally published February 25, 2012

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Stephen S Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S Wise Drive
90077 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.889.2234
34° 7' 38.6436" N, 118° 28' 13.0692" W
California
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
90049 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.476.2861
34° 5' 16.296" N, 118° 28' 26.994" W
California
Santa Monica Synagogue
1448 18th Street
90404 Santa Monica , CA
Phone: 310.453.4276
34° 1' 33.024" N, 118° 28' 50.0592" W
California
Temple Beth Am
1039 La Cienega Boulevard
90035 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.652.7353
34° 3' 28.998" N, 118° 22' 34.2768" W
California
Westside Jewish Community Center
5870 W. Olympic Boulevard
90036 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.634.1870
34° 3' 25.0848" N, 118° 21' 32.8068" W
California
Chabad of the Palisades
17315 W. Sunset Blvd.
90077 Pacific Palisades , CA
Phone: 310.454.7783
34° 3' 25.9272" N, 118° 29' 7.6884" W
California
Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
91356 Tarzana , CA
Phone: 818.758.3800
34° 10' 10.2072" N, 118° 31' 41.0016" W
California
Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place
91326 Northridge , CA
Phone: 818.360.2258
34° 16' 34.788" N, 118° 31' 45.7464" W
California
Temple Emanuel
300 N. Clark Drive
90211 Beverly Hills , CA
Phone: 310.288.3737
34° 4' 16.6044" N, 118° 23' 4.0128" W
California
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
11661 W. Olympic Boulevard
90064 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.825.4361
34° 2' 19.1976" N, 118° 25' 19.7472" W
California