WHEN: March 9, 2020 | 8pm - midnight
WHERE: Ivy City Smokehouse (1356 Okie St NE)
8:00pm: Party begins
9:00 - 9:30pm: Welcome
9:30 - 10:30pm: Schpiel
10:30pm - midnight: Music & dance party!
Join the New Synagogue Project’s Purim Party to laugh, dance, feast, drink and affirm community in the face of the tyranny and division of this political moment. The Purim Party will put a disruptive, queer, glittery spin on the holiday known for turning the night upside down and seeing the world anew through raucous celebration, costumes, and lots of drinks.
Purim is a time to build power and bring light into the world by laughing at the cruelty that surrounds us. Get ready to dress up in your zaniest costume and embrace the raucous celebratory spirit of Purim. Don’t worry—you’ll get to nosh on all the hamentaschen cookies that your heart desires to fuel an evening of music and dance.
In addition to a line-up of spectacular musical performances, this year’s Purim schpiel (“satirical political skit”) will feature a jovial, binary-bending burlesque show to embrace the opportunity Purim presents to dramatically reinvent ourselves.
Purim is a time to show up for neighbors and recommit to taking care of each other. Traditionally, this is practiced as delivering gift baskets of treats to neighbors (AKA mishloach manot). The NSP Purim Party will create an opportunity to bring all of our community into this tradition of collective care by donating all ticket sales proceeds to Black Lives Matter DC's Cop Watch Team.
Black Lives Matter DC has recently launched its Official Cop Watch Team to monitor the police on the streets of DC to prevent, follow up on and expose brutality and misconduct as a form of community defense. The Cop Watch Team will start with strolls in Anacostia, Congress Heights, and Deanwood neighborhoods. In an age of increased police surveillance and state violence, it is important to leverage the tools we have available to confront and document police interactions. It is particularly important for Black people in DC to be prepared and organized building community through knowing their rights, keeping each other safe, and being supported while monitoring and exposing the police.
This opportunity complements the NSP Justice Team’s work to begin creating the culture and skills to support copwatch efforts in Northwest as part of NSP’s Reimagining Safety education and action program. NSP has begun to invite members to join copwatch strolls in Northwest DC following Saturday evening Havdalah gatherings.
Additionally, NSP is taking on separate fundraising to cover the basic costs of the event. NSP members are invited to pay for a space in the event program book with a note of encouragement or thanks to another NSP member. For example, ‘Eleanor, I loved leading Shabbat services with you last week! - Janet’. The price is $36 and you can find out all the information you need in the 1-pager. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a contribution or pay for an add online here. Note that the final day to submit ads/notes is February 14.