JCC Annual Purim Carnival on March 12

By: Lynette Errante

Kids Connection staff Liz Gomez, Nora Graven, Lynette Errante, Matt Hoffman and Harry Cohen dressed up as characters from the movie “Inside Out” at last year’s Purim Carnival.
The Jewish Community Center Youth Department will host its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12, in the auditorium of the JCC, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The event will be held at a new time this year, from 1-3 pm. The family friendly event will be open to the entire community. Admission will cost $5 per child and $1 per adult.
The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from the evil Haman. On Purim, children dress up and celebrate by giving gifts and tzedakah (charity).
Everyone, young and old, has been encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Purim character or in any costume of one’s choice. Kids Connection staff have created surprise themed costumes each year for the event. Harry Cohen, Kids Connection lead teacher, said, “This year’s costumes will be extra colorful and we’ll be ready to dance, dance, dance!”
Activities at the event will include carnival games, a bounce house, inflatable slides, baseball, arts and crafts, a special toddler area, face painting and more. All games earn children points that can be traded in at the prize table. Snacks and drinks, including the traditional Purim foods, will be available for purchase.
Any teenagers or adults in grades six and up that are interested volunteering at the event can contact Lynette Errante, youth coordinator, at LynetteE@binghamtonjcc.org or at 724-2417, ext. 421.