Augusta Jewish organizations set Purim celebrations

The Augusta Jewish Community Center will hold a carnival Sunday in celebration of the holiday of Purim.

The carnival is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., when the Augusta Jewish Community Sunday School Choir will sing. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. and costs $5 for guests. The event also includes a moon walk, face painting, bean bags, games and prizes. Costumes are encouraged.

On Purim, which begins at sunset on March 7 this year, participants often dress as characters from the Book of Esther. The holiday commemorates the Jewish people’s escape from near destruction under the Persian Empire. The word “purim” means “lots,” which were cast to set a date for the annihilation of the Jews in the 4th century B.C.

Chabad of Augusta also celebrates Purim with an event, A Taste of Purim with the Flavor of Israel. The reading of the Megillah begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a party at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Chabad Center, 850 Broad St. The event includes food, Israeli music, entertainment, a masquerade contest, and an opportunity to send prayers to Israel and write cards to Israeli Defense Forces. The cost is $18 for adults and $9 for children.

RSVP to or call (706) 722-7659.