WEST BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will celebrate Purim, one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar, on Saturday evening, March 15, at the West Meeting House (All Souls Church), 29 South St. in West Brattleboro.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Havdalah service marking the end of Shabbat, followed by a high-spirited reading of the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, that tells the story of Purim. Then the party begins with the Wholesale Klezmer Band playing lively music for dancing and listening. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Refreshments will be served, with the emphasis on hamentaschen. Tickets for raffle prizes will be sold to benefit the congregation’s Families In Need fund. The party is open to all -- young and old, Jewish or not, BAJC members or not -- and there is no charge for this evening of megillah, music, and merriment.

Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Drop In Center. For more information, e-mail faith@bajcvermont.org, call 802-464-2632, or visit www.bajcvermont.org.