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Jewish Community Center seeks volunteers for annual Purim Carnival

Cousins Sam Wells and Ethan Wells enjoy Cotton Candy at last year’s Purim Carnival. The annual event is slated for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt.

Cousins Sam Wells and Ethan Wells enjoy Cotton Candy at last year’s Purim Carnival. The annual event is slated for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Provided

The entire community is invited to attend the annual Purim Carnival slated for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Esther’s Café will serve a variety of delicious kosher food such as Hamantashen, corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers starting at 11:30 a.m.

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 Syracuse families to join together for a fun-filled day at the JCC The carnival features pre-school and school-age games, large inflatable toys and bounce houses, prizes, food, raffles, caricature drawings, a magic show and, returning from last year, a used book sale, among numerous other activities. Proceeds from the event benefit the JCC.

Volunteers are still needed, and shifts run from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Volunteers must be in seventh grade and above; student volunteers will receive community service hours to fulfill requirements and a notice of completion. For more information or to volunteer, call Lori Innella-Venne at 445-2360 ext. 109 or e-mail her at linnella-venne@jccsyr.org.

Children are encouraged to dress in costume in keeping with the Purim holiday custom. Prize tickets will be given to kids who wear costumes as well as to attendees who bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

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