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Carnival marks Purim at JCC

The entire community is invited to attend the annual Purim Carnival at the Jewish Community Center from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday March 20. The Purim Carnival is one of the largest community events that takes place at the Jewish Community Center with hundreds of families coming out to enjoy the carnival style games and activities, fun prizes, entertainment, huge used book sale and much more. There is also fantastic kosher food available at Esther's Caf (opens at 11:30 a.m.), including Hamantashen, corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers. Admission is free and open to the general public. Proceeds from the event benefit the Jewish Community Center.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. Shifts available are 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1:45 to 4 p.m. Student volunteers will receive community service hours to fulfill requirements and will receive a notice of completion. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. For more information or to volunteer for the Purim Carnival, contact Lori Innella-Venne at 445-2360 ext. 109 or e-mail linnella-venne@jccsyr.org.

About Purim

Purim is a lively, joy-filled holiday, which is why many communities celebrate with a carnival. The Purim Carnival has become a tradition for many families to join together for a fun filled day at the Jewish Community Center. The carnival features pre-school and school-age games, large inflatable toys and bounce houses, caricatures, prizes, food, raffles, performances and much more. Children are encouraged to dress in costume, which is a Purim custom. Those who come in costume will get a prize ticket at the door. Those that donate a non-perishable food item(s) will also receive a prize ticket.

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