Revelers young and old celebrated Purim at the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s 25th annual Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo on Sunday, Mar. 5, at Reservoir High School in Howard County’s Fulton community.

The Palooza is the federation’s largest event of the year, typically drawing more than 1,500 people. Proceeds from the event support children, teen and family programming in Howard County.

Entertainment for this year’s Palooza included DJ Doug Sandler and ventriloquist Chuck Field. The Kid’s Expo included a carnival with games, arts and crafts, prizes and kid-friendly food.

“Purim Palooza is the only county-wide event where all the synagogues participate together,” said co-chair Randi Leshin. “It’s a great time for kids, parents and even grandparents to make new friends and reconnect with old ones.”

As in years past, Camps Airy and Louise were also sponsors of the annual event.

“Camp is about having fun with friends and sharing a Jewish experience. Purim Palooza is the same so we’re happy to be a sponsor and help the event take place,” said Marty Rochlin, director of Camp Airy.

Additional Purim Palooza co-sponsors included Bet Yeladim preschool and Window Nation, a Howard County business.

Photos by Ed Bunyan

Hadar Shahar helps (left to right) David Braverman, Maddie Mellinger and Leah Wilson decorate refrigerator magnets.

Paul Dunetz gets into the Purim spirit with a “Cheesehead” hat and elephant mask.

Evan Wasser poses with “Ziggy the dummy” and ventriloquist Chuck Field.

Rabbi Craig Axler, of Temple Isaiah, sports a colorful headdress.

Ariel Ben, dressed as a “pirate princess,” gives hula-hooping a whirl.

Arron Lam, dressed as a mummy, plays “rock, paper, scissors” with Jonah Gerber.

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