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JCC of Syracuse to hold annual Purim Carnival March 20

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will once again put on a fun-filled day of games, activities, food and more during its upcoming Purim Carnival. This annual family-oriented event will be held on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. Plenty of interactive and entertaining activities for preschool and school-age children and their families will be available. Admission is free and open to the public.

Purim Carnival logo.“It’s always thrilling to open our doors to the community and create an afternoon that’s filled with lots of good family fun,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “Purim is one of the most lively, joy-filled holidays, and what better way to celebrate than with a carnival for our members and neighbors.”

The JCC’s Purim Carnival is the center’s largest indoor community event held each year. It has become a tradition for the JCC to hold the celebration as a way of giving back to the community so that families can spend some good quality time together. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes, which is a Purim holiday custom. Kids dressed in costumes will receive a prize ticket at the door. A food drive to benefit the Temple Concord food pantry will also be held. Anyone bringing in canned or non-perishable food will receive a prize ticket for each item donated.

Esther’s Café, one of the carnival’s main attractions, will open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the JCC’s Anne and Hy Miller Family Auditorium. A variety of home-cooked, Va’ad-supervised gourmet kosher food by the JCC’s chef, Donna Carullo, will be available. Menu items will include corned beef and turkey sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, knishes and deserts featuring the ever popular hamantashen cookie. 

The JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium will be transformed into a mini-indoor midway of sorts and feature kids carnival games, large inflatable toys and bounce houses, caricature drawings, raffles and more. Other event attractions will include entertainment, a toddler/preschool bounce house, safe ID and car seat safety checks, PJ Library activities, a used book sale and distribution of the JCC’s 2016 Camp Rishon summer camp guide.

The JCC of Syracuse is fortunate to be able to put on its Purim Carnival each year thanks to help from a small “army” of volunteers. Some of the many crucial tasks volunteers will perform include running games, serving food and helping out in the prize room. For students seeking to fulfill community service requirements, volunteering is a great way to earn credit hours, help out the JCC and have some fun! Volunteer shifts are available from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the JCC’s Purim Carnival, including volunteer opportunities and donating gently used books for the sale, contact the JCC of Syracuse at 315-445-2360 or