Purimpalooza 5778 Recap

The CBS campus was packed this past Thursday afternoon and evening, as Beth Sholom community members of all ages donned costumes and imbibed good spirits during our annual Purimpalooza: Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs. It’s a mitzvah to act the fool on Purim, so we tipped back our cups, ate dessert before dinner, grogged as we bounced, and generally went happy-wild together in costumed bliss.

Beloved Bay Area Jewish educator and entertainer Mimi Greisman put on a Purim puppet show that was a huge hit with our youngest community members, and the live entertainment by youth band Planet 17 (Elai Levinson, Alana Moore, Noa Resnikoff, and Hannah Urisman), the hip hop dance troupe Presidio Panther Dance Team (featuring Talya Glazer), and DJ Don Marks were hits with our all-ages audience. As one long-time congregant remarked, "It’s such a delight to see so many kids and young families reveling in this holiday." Indeed, it was!

The main attraction of this year’s Purim celebration was Flashback 5728, the original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a script, cast, and crew of community members (a full list of participants is included at the end of this post) as well as a lot of classic 60s songs. This year, as last, the spiel was produced and directed by our talented all-star volunteer, Tracy Swedlow. Queen Vashti (aka, Caitlin Ahrens, pictured at the top of this post) blew the crowd away with a powerful, Janis Joplin-like rendition of "Piece of My Heart," but that was just one of many spiel highlights!

Special thanks to the many volunteers — from our Beth Sholom Madrichim to the United Synagogue Youth (USY) teens to CBS elder statesmen (and women!) — who staffed carnival games, ran the food counter, bartended, and helped Executive Chef Jane Sykes in the kitchen! Thanks, also, to Camp Ramah Norcal and Grand Bakery for participating in and contributing to our Purim fun. Thanks to the CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School parents who did heavy lifting on behalf of CBS education, successfully soliciting so many great prizes for this year’s Purimpalooza raffle and silent auction, and also to those who helped the Beth Sholom staff plan the event. (See the full list of community volunteers at the end of this post.)

Another round of Persian fist pounds to the five volunteer bakers – Allen Levy, Betty Newman, Debra Surkin Perloff, Rosemary Rothstein, and Maralyn Tabatsky – who made hundreds of hamantaschen using Eva-Lynne Leibman's delicious recipe for the festivities. We all enjoyed the fruit pastries of their labors!

Finally, Purimpalooza wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire Beth Sholom staff, including all of our CBS Family Preschool teachers and everyone in the main office! Thanks for taking the organizational lead and working tirelessly to make the special day possible.

Todah rabbah (thank you very much)!

Check out some photos from the festivities below.

Community volunteers: Laura Albers, Osher Almog & Kira Gaber, Astrid Altschul, Thomas Bettles, Chelseaa & Dan Bush, Ben Chinn, Elin Cohen, Shana Cohen, David Coupar & Ashley Polselli, Wendy Cown, Ari Dalfen, Jesse Fink, Ellen Ginsberg, Amanda & Andrew Gold, Denise Goldstein, Steven Goode, Andrea Gough, Melissa Hansen, Henry Hollander, Veronica Holman, Sara Horwitz, Jason Jungreis, Nathalie Kaplan, Leo Kessler, Michali Kolnick, Andrea Korsunsky, Viki Lam, Carla Lieberman, Robyn Lipsky, Don & Gabi Marks, Mellissa Miller, Arlo Novicoff, Dawne Bear Novicoff, Liz Noteware, Pam Polselli, Crissy Ponciano, Carolyn & Pankaj Prasad, Kristen Rice, Dan & Anna Rubinsky, Josh Seeherman & Rebecca Brown, CJ & Maya Suchovsky, Nate Teitelbaum

Donors to raffle and silent auction: Maura & Ari Feingold, MacKenzie & Tam Huynh, Stacy & Steve Jenson, Kenyette Jones, Derek & Melissa Miller, Ashley Polselli, Dan & Anna Rubinsky, and Lu & Norman Zilber

Flashback 5728 Cast & Crew: Caitlin Ahrens, Linda Bernstein, Max Billick, Asher Chinn, Ben Chinn, Ernie Ernstrom, Talya Glazer, Scott Horwitz, Steve Miller, Debra Surkin Perloff, Max Schleicher, Aaron Seeman, Tracy Swedlow, Elyssa Wortzman, Daniel Zilberman, and Josh Zilberman


Join us for a groovy, far out Purim!

Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs

Thursday, March 1
4 – 8:30 p.m.
Koret Hall, CBS campus

Carnival: 4 – 7 p.m.
Mimi Greisman Purim Puppet Show: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Flashback 5728 (spiel): 7 p.m.

People of all backgrounds are taking to the streets en masse. Women are standing up for equality and respect. Immigrant communities are being vilified. Are we describing the Purim story, the late 1960s, or today's headlines? In a world gone ape once again, Purim takes on special resonance.

Join the CBS community on March 1 to celebrate a world turned upside down! There will be carnival games, a bounce house, a delicious dinner prepared by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes, a raffle with amazing prizes, a silent auction, live music by youth band Planet 17 and an exciting hip hop performance by the Presidio Panther Dance Team (featuring Talya Glazer), and booze aplenty! Your kids will enjoy the Purim puppet show and singalong by beloved Bay Area Jewish educator and entertainer, Mimi Greisman, and you'll enjoy the fact that the puppet show is staffed by our teachers, allowing all the "big kids" time to schmooze. This year, we're also producing an entirely original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a cast and crew of members, a script by Beth Sholom community member, Ben Chinn, and a lot of classic 60s songs. Flashback 5728 will be performed in the Beth Sholom Sanctuary.

It's going to be an absolute blast...and it's for a great cause! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support and enhance CBS youth education programming: the CBS Family Preschool, Shabbat School, and USY teen activities.

We look forward to seeing you (or Esther or Hodor or Daniel Tiger) there!

General admission is $36 for adults and $18 for children (2–13 years of age). Tickets include dinner, unlimited games/activities, and two drink tickets (for adults) and one drink ticket (for children).

We are also offering a family package rate: $100 for two adults and up to four children (pre-purchase); $136, if purchased on day-of.

Admission and raffle tickets are available for pre-sale -- scroll down to buy. Pre-bidding for the silent auction items begins Thursday, February 22; bidding forms are located in the Rainbow Courtyard. They will also be for sale during Purimpalooza!

We're also looking for day-of volunteers to help out at the many different game stations, bartending, food service, raffle ticket sales, etc. Please click here to sign up for a spot or spots. Thank you!

Carnival games – Hamantaschen Toss, Tip the Clown, Bounce House, Five Pin Bowling, Roller Bowler, Miniature Golf
Carnival stations – Craft Tables, Face Painting, Hamantaschen Making, Henna Tattoo, Photo Booth, Spin Art

Drinks – Peace punch, wine, whiskey, beer, Pellegrino, coffee/tea, and other specialty drinks (adult & children’s options)
Food – Falafel, homemade hamentaschen, and ice cream

Raffle tickets are $5 each.
Prizes available: 1 month Family Membership to the YMCA ($200 value); GoCar Tour 4-hour tour for 2 people ($200 value); 2 lower box seats to a SF Giants agreed-upon game ($150 value); 2 SF Symphony tickets to March 22 performance of Mahler’s Fifth ($150 value); Geary Dance Center 50% off certificate for a semester of dance ($150 value); 2 Tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival ($150 value); 4 tickets to California Academy of Sciences ($145 value); 2 tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon ($140 value); 1 year complimentary membership to Contemporary Jewish Museum ($115 value); March–July supply of frozen Grand Bakery challah dough (to be picked up weekly at the preschool – $100 value); March–July supply of baked Grand Bakery challah (to be picked up weekly at the preschool – $100 value); 4 general admission tickets to The Walt Disney Family Museum ($100 value); Oakland Museum of California membership ($95 value); Tour and wine tasting for 4 guests at St. George Spirits ($80 value); 3 Zanshin Dojo gift certificates (one month of Karate classes – $75 value each); 5 general admission tickets to Bay Area Discovery Museum ($75 value); Gift certificate to Burma Superstar ($75 value); 4 general passes Chabot Space and Science Center ($72 value); 2 general admission tickets to the Exploratorium ($60 value); 4 passes to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo ($60 value); 4 General Admission passes to the Legion of Honor ($60 value); 2 gift cards to Straw Restaurant ($50 value each); Small gold Sparkalicious backpack & lunchbox ($50 value); Trader Joes Italian dinner basket ($50 value); 2 Blue and Gold Cruise Tickets ($40 value each); 2 San Francisco Carousel tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 2 7D Experience Tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 2 Rock a Boat tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 4 meal vouchers to Proposition Chicken ($30 value each); 2 games of miniature golf at Urban Putt ($24 value); Easy Breezy gift card ($20 value)

Wine Lovers Package: Trefethen Family Vineyards Tasting for 4 people in the historic winery; a bottle of Trefethen Family Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay; a bottle of Trefethen Family Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon; Platypus Wine Tour in Napa for 6 guests; Sapphire Hill wine and food pairing in barrel room for 10 guests (valued at well over $1,000!)
Ballet Package: Pass to admit 2 to San Francisco Ballet March 6 dress rehearsal of Frankenstein (includes reception); Pass to admit 2 to San Francisco Ballet March 20 dress rehearsal of special Jerome Robbins program
Escape The Fog Package: Family Day passes to Oakland Zoo; One day admission for 2 to Gilroy Gardens; 4 general admission tickets to Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Prizes available: Soda Springs (child friendly) vacation home – up to 8 guests for one weekend; Challah baking lessons with Eva-Lynne Leibman; 49ers tickets to any home game; Summer pool party and BBQ with Katherine and Dale for one family (priceless); May 6th Day trip to Goatlandia Ranch in Sonoma for 20 children and their parents ($150 each); Step Stool decorated by Kitah Alef (priceless); Wagon created and decorated by Kitah Bet (priceless); Collaborative Canvas Art by Pre-K Hey (priceless); Collaborative Hanukkiah by Kitah Dalet (priceless); wine boxes; Play date in Sausalito with teachers Devin and Ariel – up to 4 children (priceless); Umbrellas decorated by Kitah Gimmel (priceless); Liza and Anne trip to SF Zoo (priceless); Outdoor Adventure Day for 15 children with Pre-K Hey teachers – up to 15 children aged 3 and up; Jewel Kade Crystal Charm Necklace; New Jogging stroller (details coming); Bonsai tree; Basket of Teacher Pam’s favorite early childhood books