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New and improved JCC Purim Carnival coming March 24

A variety of new and improved games, attractions and entertainment will make their debut during this year’s annual Purim Carnival. This fun-filled, family-oriented day will be held on Sunday, March 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. There will be plenty food, games, activities and more for families to enjoy.

Purim Carnival logo.“Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Federation of Central New York, this year we are very excited to roll out new games and a new inflatable obstacle course for children, as well as new cotton candy and popcorn machines, and more entertainment options,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “It’s a pleasure to open our doors each year to the community and create such a fun and friendly atmosphere. Purim is one of the most lively, joy-filled holidays, and what better way to celebrate than with a carnival for our members, neighbors and the whole community.”

The JCC 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 and toiletry drive to benefit the Huntington Family Centers will also be held. Anyone bringing in an item to donate will receive a prize ticket.

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-cooked, Va’ad-supervised gourmet kosher food prepared by the JCC’s chef, Donna Carullo, will be available. Menu items will include corned beef and turkey sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, knishes and desserts featuring the ever popular hamantashen

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, face painting, balloon animals and more. Other event attractions will include entertainment, 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 2019 Camp Romano 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