CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA —Temple Solel invites the community to its Purim Carnival celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at 3575 Manchester Ave. The carnival raises money to help fund educational programs at Temple Solel.The festivities include something for everyone, from games and rides for the children, to ethnic food and even spa services for adults. Parking is available just south of the temple at Mira Costa College with free shuttles to the event. For more information, visit templesolel.net or call (760) 436-0654.
Tickets are $1 each on the day of the event but can be purchased in advance at a discount for tickets of 25 or more. Wristbands will also be on sale for $25 ($22 in advance), which offer unlimited access to all rides and games. For advance purchase, stop by the Temple Solel School during normal business hours through Feb. 22.
Rides at the Purim Carnival will include large and small Ferris wheels, a climbing wall, bungee run, dunk tank, 18-foot slide, pony rides, a train ride, laser tag and a Velcro wall. The event also features classic carnival games, such as the fish-bowl toss, frog launch, bean-bag toss, and a cake walk.
There will be a designated spa area offering hair “updos,” nail painting and massages. Also on hand will be a used book sale and opportunities to win themed raffle baskets, full of valuable prizes.
The festival will offer pizza, Middle Eastern fare, rotisserie chicken and the Temple Solel Men’s Club kosher hot dogs. There will also be snow cones and baked goods, including traditional Purim cookies called hamantaschen.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing. Customs for the holiday include wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration. Anyone wearing a costume to the Purim Carnival will receive one free game/ride ticket.
Temple Solel is a Reform Congregation serving the North County Coastal Jewish Community of San Diego, founded in 1978. For more information, visit templesolel.net.