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Pre-Purim Programs

Mishloach Manot: Because of the unique distribution circumstances this year we are not using our usual registration system and instead everyone will receive a Mishloach Manot from Ohev Sholom (and not a list of those who sent to them). These packages will be available for in-person pickup at our Purim Stop-by, as well as home delivery if necessary. Sponsorship deadline has past but if you are signed up for our annual giving plan, you have been automatically included as a sponsor.

Sunday, February 21
Pre-Purim Stop-by, including Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck! 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, please stop by Ohev's tent to pick up Mishloach Manot, kids project kits (for Zoom program in the afternoon), and other goodies. Everyone who comes wearing a costume will get a prize, with a grand prize winner for best costume! Masks and social distancing required.
Schmaltz Brothers food truck will be on-site; pre-orders are strongly encouraged, order at
Purim Project for Kids: 4:00 PM, join Rena Fruchter via Zoom to decorate your own "Silly Purim Book." Please register here; supplies will be provided (available for pick up at the Pre-Purim stop-by or other days/times upon request.)
Monday, February 22
Book of Esther
Class with Rabbi Herzfeld at 12:30 PM via Zoom at
Vashti, and What Happens When We Hit Our Wall
8 PM Women's pre-Purim Virtual Gathering.
Join Maharat Friedman for a conversation about Vashti's experience as Queen of Persia, and what led her to finally refuse Achashverosh's demands. We will use this story as an opportunity to reflect on our individual experiences of the past year- successes and failures alike. Join at  
Tuesday, February 23
Laws of Purim
Class with Rabbi Herzfeld at 8:15 PM via Zoom at
Wednesday, February 24
Book of Esther
Class with Rabbi Herzfeld at 12:30 PM via Zoom at

Purim Schedule

Halachic Guidance: Click here to view our guidance for how to best observe Purim this year given the rare timing of it falling out on a Thursday night and Friday and also in keeping with Covid precautions. The guidelines include instructions on Machatzit Hashekel (Half-Shekel), Matanot Laevyonim (Gifts to the Poor), and for an erev Shabbat Purim seudah. 

Thursday, February 25
5:27am: Fast begins
8:00am: Shacharit
5:30pm: Mincha
**Bring food drive items to Megillah reading** (details below)
6:30pm: Maariv followed by Megillah reading + Purim Laser Light and Music Show (at approx 7:30 PM, details below)
8:00pm: Second reading + Purim Laser Light and Music Show (at approx 8:30 PM, details below)
9:15pm: Third reading (no light show)

Registration is required for anyone attending in-person. Register here for all services and megillah readings (plus light shows). All minyanim and megillah readings will be in person and on zoom at (email for password)

Friday, February 26
8:00am: Shacharit followed by Megillah reading
12-12:15pm: Ben Yehuda Pizza Delivery (details below)
12:20pm: Women's Megillah Reading via zoom at  (email for password)
5:05pm: Megillah reading, followed by Mincha
5:39pm: Candlelighting


Food Drive for Yad Yehuda's Kosher Food Pantry
Ohev Sholom is collecting winter foods as requested by the food pantry, specifically: dried (tube) and boxed (broth) soups, barley, lentils, Near East mixes, and quinoa. If you're coming to the shul for Megillah reading, it's a great opportunity to bring these foods and drop them off in the bin on the Jonquil steps. If you won't be attending in-person you can order items online and have them shipped to the shul.

Purim Laser Light & Music Show Purim Night!
For Purim this year, OSTNS is teaming up with Dynamic FX to provide a laser light and Purim music show! This show will run with Purim music provided with programmed laser shows with family friendly content for all ages. The light shows will follow both the 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM Megillah Readings on Purim night (registration required).

Purim Seudah with Ben Yehuda Pizza
This year, the Purim Seudah falls on Erev Shabbat. To help make things easier, we are partnering with Ben Yehuda, who will be delivering to the Ohev Parking lot between 12:00 - 12:15 PM on Friday, Feb 26. 10% of all order proceeds will be donated to Yad Yehuda, helping you to fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L’Evyonim. All orders must be in by Noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

To order:

- Go to: and select "Delivery."
- For delivery address use Ohev's address (1600 Jonquil Street NW, Washington, DC 20012)

- To simplify ordering and delivery, please choose from the following 4 options: 9” Personal cheese or veggie, or 18” Large cheese or veggie. 
- In the order notes, please put in “For Ohev” in order to have 10% of proceeds donated to Yad Yehuda
- Once we hit 20 orders, they will go in and retroactively remove the delivery charge.
- Ben Yehuda to drop off at Ohev Parking lot between 12-12:15 PM on Friday.

Wed, February 24 2021 12 Adar 5781