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JCC Purim Carnival coming March 8

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 8, 2020 from noon to 4 p.m. at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt.

Purim Carnival logo.Plenty of interactive and entertaining activities for preschool and school-age children and their families will be available, including many new and improved games, attractions and entertainment that debuted last year. Admission is free and open to the public.

“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 a lively, joy-filled holiday, 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 been a JCC tradition 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.

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, veggie burger, hot dogs 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 kid’s 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, and a used book sale.

Unfortunately, comedian Marc Weiner from Nickelodeon's show Weinerville will NOT be able to attend.

The JCC of Syracuse is delighted to hold its Purim Carnival each year thanks to the support of a small “army” of volunteers. Some of the many crucial tasks volunteers perform include running games, serving food and helping 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