Purimpalooza: a costume carnivale for the young adult crowd

Saturday, March 7, 8 pm

Known for throwing great, community- wide parties, the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is planning to hold an extravaganza next month at the Sandler Family Campus.

In a nod to the international music fest of a similar name, Purimpalooza promises everything that a 20-, 30-, or 40-something could hope for in a celebration: live music, an open bar, gourmet noshes, and photo ops. Many, many photo ops.

The party, sponsored by Tidewater Home Funding, invites its guests (21-years and older) to come in costume—the more inventive and creative the better.

Bizarre and fun attire is an accepted part of celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, which is observed just a few days before the March 7 event. A joyous and festive time for the Jewish people, Purim celebrates the biblical story of good triumphing over evil. Revelers are encouraged to dress up, and even to go a little wild.

“It’s a little bit like a St. Patty’s Day or Mardi Gras celebration for the Jewish community,” says Ashley Zittrain, co-chair of the event.

“I’m from Chicago, and St. Patty’s day is huge—this is going to be so much fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing how creative people are going to be with their costumes!”

Beth Gerstein, also co-chair of the event, says Purim is a purely fun holiday. Purimpalooza will be the party of year, she says, with its carnivale theme and entertainment planned to delight all who come.

“Anyone who has been to a YAD holiday party in the past couple of years knows how much fun we have, and our ticket sales are a reflection of how incredible Purimpalooza is going to be,” says Gerstein.

“Food, music, drinks and lots of surprises that you’ll have to see to believe—celebrating Purim with the rest of the community is going to be truly memorable.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.JewishVA.org/Purimpalooza or email aweinstein@ujft.org. Like YAD on Facebook for the latest details: www.FB.com/YAD.UJFT.