Purim was the winning word for the 1983 National Scripps Spelling Bee. It’s also a perfectly good excuse to get dressed up and drunk this weekend.
The Chabad of Columbia is organizing a massive party on the East side and you don’t need to be Jewish to carouse. They’ll be gathering at the Chabad House (113th between Riverside & Broadway) at 11pm and then pack celebrants in limousines headed towards the Park East Grill and Lounge (2nd Avenue and 81st Street). There’s a $5 cover, but think of what it will buy you: sexy girls dressed as Queen Vashti, free drinks, and a performance by “Chasidic Hip Hop’s newest sensation: Ta Shma“.
2) Purim Cabaret
The JCC in Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam) is holding its annual Broadway show-
like extravaganza this Sunday night. It’s a scripted musical with lots of innuendo and references that will remind you of your youth at shul. Previous stars have included Anna Gasteyer (SNL) and Peter Gallagher (The dying O.C.). If nothing else you’ll spot some quality costumes.
3) Eat Hamantaschen, Drink Wine
Get some of the best cookies in New York at William Greenberg Desserts or Bruce’s (Hamantaschen mean “Haman’s ears” and mock the guy who tried to kill all of the Jews. Revenge!). Then get some Manischewitz (wrong holiday, but who really cares?) and role-play.