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JCC of Syracuse to hold annual Purim Carnival March 12

A fun-filled day of games, activities, food and more will once again highlight this year’s Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center Purim Carnival. The annual family-oriented event will be held on Sunday, March 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. There will be plenty of interactive and entertaining activities for preschool and school-age children and their families. Admission is free and open to the public.

Purim Carnival logo.“It’s a wonderful thing to open our doors to the community for an afternoon that’s all about families having 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 come together for an afternoon of good quality time. 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 non-perishable food items will receive a prize ticket for each item donated.

One of the carnival’s main attractions is Esther’s Café, which will open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the JCC’s Anne and Hy Miller Family Auditorium. A variety of home-style, 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 bounce toys and slides, caricature drawings and more. Other event attractions will include entertainment, 50/50 raffle, a toddler/preschool bounce house, child safe ID fingerprinting and car seat safety checks, PJ Library activities, a used book sale and release of the JCC’s 2017 Camp Rishon summer camp guide.

The JCC of Syracuse takes pride in putting on its Purim Carnival each year thanks to the support of 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