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Purim Festivities in Queens, New York

The story of Purim celebrated in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, and more


On Purim, Jews celebrate how Esther saved the Jews of Persia from destruction, as recounted in in the Book of Esther. It's a holiday of carnivals, parades, food, and costumes. Here are some of the larger Jewish congregations in Queens, New York, celebrating Purim this year.

If your Queens synagogue's public Purim celebration is not listed, please email queens@aboutguide.com.

Community Purim Carnival

Free Synagogue of Flushing's Theater Group presents "The Megillah According to Broadway" followed by Purim Carnival.

  • Sunday, March 11, 2012, 1 p.m., free
  • games, arts & crafts, costume parade
  • Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY

Purim in Ireland in LIC

The most original Purim celebration ever? The Chabad of LIC holds this year's at the NY Irish Center. There's an Irish feast, Guinness to drink, and a live band.
  • March 8, 2012, 5 p.m. - $15 or $50 for family
  • Music, food, face-painting and clown
  • NY Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY
  • Chabad of Long Island City

Megillah Reading and Purim Party in Whitestone

  • Megillah Reading and Purim Party - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 , 8 p.m.
  • Whitestone Hebrew Centre, 12-45 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY
  • 718-767-1500; whitestonehebrewcentre@gmail.com

Purim Family Fun Day in Astoria

  • Sunday, March 11, 2011, 3 p.m. - Purim Family Get-Together: Face-painting, arts-and-crafts, family activities, snacks. $5 per person
  • Astoria Center of Israel
  • 27-35 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11102, 718-278-2680

Gala Purim Banquet & Purim Shpiel in Forest Hills

  • Gala Purim Banquet & Purim Shpiel on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Cuisine, fun, wear your favorite costume. Mickey Mouse and clown will be playing with the kids.
  • $30 Members, Children $15 (includes magic show). Only show with Mickey Mouse and clown $10
  • Havurat Yisrael House, 108-11 69th Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375 - 718-261-5500

Purim in India in Kew Gardens

Annual Purim masquerade and buffet dinner.
  • March 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. $7/$25 family
  • Chabad of the Gardens
  • 82-52 Abingdon Rd.| Kew Gardens, NY 11415, 718-441-2470

Purim Dinner/Dance in Kew Gardens Hills

  • March 10, 2012, 8 p.m., Chaverim's Purim Dinner/Dance
  • Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, 167-11 73rd Avenue Flushing, NY 11365 , 718-591-5353

Purim Carnival in Flushing

  • Sunday, March 11, 2012, noon
  • Games, moon bounces, costume parade, food, raffles
  • Hillcrest JC, 183-02 Union Tpke, Flushing, NY

Purim in Little Neck

  • March 7, 2012, Purim Service with Megillah reading, 7 p.m.
  • Costume parade and more
  • Little Neck Jewish Center, 49-10 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY

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