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

Purimpalooza Recap

Facebook_Purimpalooza23_March2017The CBS community filled our campus on Sunday, donning costumes and good spirits for Purimpalooza: Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs. We gamed, gambled, bounced, danced, ate, drank, grogged, and spieled together, toasting a temporarily inverted world.

Unquestionably, the highlight of this year's Purim celebration was Long Live The Spiel, the Purim spiel produced and directed by congregant and all-star volunteer, Tracy Swedlow. Featuring an all-congregant crew and cast (a full list of participants is included at the end of this post), the spiel adapted music and lyrics from the hit musical Les Misérables to tell the story of Esther, Mordecai, and the loathsome Haman.

Special thanks to the many volunteers — from 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, too, to the CBS Family Preschool parents and Shabbat School parents who hustled on behalf of CBS education by successfully soliciting so many great prizes for the Purimpalooza raffles and silent auction, and also to those who helped the CBS staff plan the event. (See the full list of community volunteers at the end of this post.)

Upside down Purim high-fives to all of the megillah readers – Pat Ackerman, Adam Hertz, Scott Horwitz, David Malman, Marshall Schwartz, and Rabbi Glazer – and their benevolent vizier, Owen Leibman, who organized and read, as well.

Persian fist pounds to the seven volunteer bakers – Karen Benjamin, Marsha Glantz, Ruth Jaffe, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Allen Levy, Sharyn Loeb, and Debra Surkin Perloff – who made 400 hamantaschen for the weekend festivities. We enjoyed the fruit pastries of their labors!

Finally, Purimpalooza wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire CBS staff, but Katherine Friedman Barboni, Dale Kleisley, Kim Hegg, and Jane Sykes deserve a special shout-out 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 day below and see even more on our CBS Facebook page.

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Donors to raffle and silent auction: Kathryn Bair, Katherine Friedman Barboni, Rebecca Brown, Rhoda Draws, Ari Feingold, Maura Feingold, Stacy Jenson, Steve Jenson, Dale Kleisley, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Anne McComas, Debbie Patrick, Devin Patrick, Jim Patrick, Bat-El Saad, Pam Seaman, Josh Seeherman, Tracy Swedlow, Jane Sykes, Robyn Sribhen White, Lucille Zilber, and Norm Zilber

Long Live The Spiel Cast & Crew: Caitlin Ahrens, Emilia Alroy, Iris Alroy, Babalou, Linda Bernstein, Marion Bernstein, Max Billick, Asher Chinn, Ben Chinn, Sonia Daccarett, Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Dick Gentschel, Rabbi Glazer, Talya Glazer, Katherine Hollander, Scott Horwitz, Ilan Jacob, Ovid Jacob, Sidney Keith, Steve Miller, Irv Rothstein, Rosey Rothstein, Marcia Sohn, Norman Sohn, Tracy Swedlow, Elyssa Wortzman, Daniel Zilberman, Mark Zilberman

PURIMPALOOZA!

Mark your calendars for a doozy of a party!

Facebook_Purimpalooza2 PURIMPALOOZA:
Community Purim Carnival
& Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs


Sunday, March 12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Koret Hall, CBS campus


Carnival: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Long Live The Spiel!: 2 - 3 p.m.
Megillah reading: 3 – 4 p.m.

Political intrigue, unrestrained vanity and ego, misogyny, revenge fantasies – are we talking about the Purim story or today's headlines? During this topsy-turvy time, Purim takes on special resonance.

Join the CBS community on March 12 to celebrate a world turned upside down!

There will be carnival games, a bounce house, a dance-off, delicious food prepared by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes, two raffles with amazing prizes, a silent auction, a performance by youth band, Planet 17, an interactive megillah reading, and booze aplenty! This year, however, we're also producing an original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a cast and crew of members and adapted lyrics and music from the famous musical, Les Miserables. Long Live The Spiel! : The Exciting Story of Esther to the Music of "Les Misérables" will be performed in the CBS Sanctuary.

We will also have a Music & Movement Room designed for children three years of age and younger. This special activity is sponsored by the San Francisco Jewish Baby Network and PJ Library. Popular Bay Area songster Jonathan Bayer will be playing music in the room and we will have lots of books from PJ Library on hand for your kiddos to enjoy. (A one-time entry fee of $3 includes "in and out" privileges for the rest of the day!)

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 Simone Biles) there!

General admission is free, but you will need to purchase $1 "activity tickets" to exchange for games, food, and drinks. Activity tickets will be available for sale the day of the event only. Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale -- scroll down to buy -- as well as 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!

ACTIVITY/FOOD/DRINK TICKET "FEES":
Carnival games (Sport Hockey, Hamantaschen Toss, Tip the Clown, Mini Golf, Five Pin Bowling, Flip the Frog) = 1 ticket per play
Carnival stations (Crown Decorating, Face Painting, Henna Tattoo, Photo Booth, Spin Art) = 3 tickets
Caricature station (with professional artist Rhoda Draws = 10 tickets
Bounce House = 2 tickets
Bloody Mary = 8 tickets
Mimosa = 8 tickets
Beer & Wine = 6 tickets
Pellegrino soda (Orangiata or Limonata) = 2 ticket
Coffee/Tea = 1 ticket
Ice cream = 3 tickets
Chili = 5 tickets
Quesadilla Triangles = 2 tickets
Fig Bars = 2 tickets
Cheese Sticks = 1 ticket each
Bananas & Clementines = 1 ticket each
Homemade Hamantaschen = 3 tickets for 2; 2 tickets for 1

RAFFLE TICKETS & PRIZES:
General raffle tickets are $54/4.
Prizes available: A pair of San Francisco Giants AT&T Park box seats (for mutually agreed-upon game, $300 value); a pair of San Francisco Opera tickets ($214 value); a pair of San Francisco Ballet tickets ($200 value); Geary Dance Center 50% discount for semester tuition ($200 value); Primp Salon hair care gift box ($200 value); wine tasting for 4 at Judd's Hill Winery ($160 value); Skin Remedy organic skin care package ($120 value); a pair of Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park passes ($110 value); 2 tickets to a performance of Beach Blanket Babylon ($110 value); a pair of tickets to Legion of Honor & a copy of Monet: The Early Years ($105 value); Cleanerific from Jewish Family & Children's Services – 2 people for 2 hours of "green" home cleaning services ($100 value); one month subscription to Tutu School (4 classes, $100 value); a $100 Straw gift certificate; a pair of tickets to attend Harvest Wine Celebration in Livermore Valley; a 4-person emergency supply kit ($85 value) and meeting with an emergency planner to develop a family emergency plan; a manicure/pedicure gift certificate to Polish ($80 value); a membership to the Contemporary Jewish Museum ($75 value); 4 Chabot Space & Science Center tickets ($70 value); a pair of California Academy of Sciences tickets ($70 value); a pair of de Young Museum or Legion of Honor tickets ($60 value); a Bixbee light-up butterfly packback w/ matching lunchbox ($60 value); an Italian dinner for 4, courtesy of Trader Joe's ($50 value); a $50 Proposition Chicken gift certificate; complimentary wine tasting for 4 people at Gloria Ferrer Winery; 2 $25 gift certificates to Giorgio's Pizza; a $25 gift card to Y & I Clothing Botique; 1 caricature (head and shoulders) created from a photo by professional caricature artist Rhoda Draws; 2 $25 Bazaar Café gift certificates; a gift care for 10 Zumba Fitness classes w/ Taina Lipinski (classes occur at CBS)

Jackpot raffle tickets are $100/1 and $250/3.
Prizes available: 1-week, all-inclusive (except airfare) vacation in Cabo San Jose, Mexico ($3,000 value); a weekend retreat at a lovely home in Sonoma County ($1,000 value); a pair of San Francisco 49ers tickets (for mutually agreed-upon game, $700 value); wine and cheese pairing for a group of 10 people in a private barrel room at Sapphire Hill Winery ($360 value)

SILENT AUCTION PRIZES:
Prizes available: 14,000 points toward RCI Resort vacation at the RCI location of your choice (up to $2,000 value, depending on location selected); group challah class for up to 10 people with Eva-Lynne Leibman, in her kitchen or yours ($500 value); individual challah class with Eva-Lynne Leibman, in her kitchen or yours ($100 value); dinner with CBS Family Preschool directors Katherine and Dale (catered by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes); Beauty Counter Baby Basket w/ baby wash, baby oil, and baby balm ($54 value); a personalized makeover with Lesley Merritt plus a $25 gift card for purchases of $75+; 1 box of red wines; 1 box of white wines; 1 box of mixed red/white wines; 1 basket of Belgium beer and delicacies; a sleepover party led by Anne McComas & Katie Bair, CBS Family Preschool teachers; 2 4-hour babysitting packages for 2 children (with Batel Saad, CBS Family Preschool teacher); a special project created by each CBS Family Preschool classroom