Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

Virtual Purim 2021

Thursday, February 25

Multigenerational Megillah Reading
at 7.00 p.m.

Mordechai Jones and Temple of Zoom
Torah Reading and Purim Shpiel
Extra added bonus: Take a walk down memory lane with Barb & Lorne Bernstein as we look back at Purims of yesteryear!

from 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Canada’s top Jewish comedians go head-to-head at Temple Sinai
New this year: viewers to vote on winner!


Jacob Balshin
Winner of the 2019 Harvey Atkin Purim Comedy Competition.

Jacob has appeared on CBCs LOL and was recently nominated by his peers for an award as Toronto’s Breakout Comedian.


Humble Howard
(Howard Glassman)
Canadian Radio Personality


Celia Atkin


Jeremy Dobski
A regular at the Corner Comedy Club, podcast host, and was voted as one of Montreal’s top 10 comedians two years in a row.

Ronen Geisler
Ron has performed at the Montreal Zoofest, and Windsor Comedy Festival. He also is the producer of the Jewish Comedy Festival and Cannabis Comedy Festival.

For more information: ronengeisler.com

Heather Gold
A Canadian comic from Niagara Falls, Canada, now based in California. She’s contributed to CBC radio and performs at venues like SF Sketchfest and SxSW.

For more information: www.heathergold.com/about-heather-gold

Janice Israeloff
Janice is a Canadian Comic who has performed at the Jewish Comedy Festival and Absolute Comedy Toronto/Ottawa/Kingston,.

Since 2020 she has performed internationally on Zoom in the U.K, and all over the US.

For more information: www.jisraeloff.com

Laura Leibow
Laura has performed all over Canada and the US and at festivals like JFL42 and the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival. She can currently be heard on SiriusXM.

For more information: www.funnybusiness.ca/comedians.php?standup=laura-leibow

Simon Rakoff
Simon has been doing Comedy for over forty years. He’s played across the country and is a regular on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”.

Benji Rothman
Benji has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival.

In partnership with

Warning: This program may contain mature subject matter.
Suggested contribution:
Members: $10 per member household 
Non-Members: $18 per non-member household

Contributions made will support the Harvey Atkin Fund.

This program is sponsored in loving memory
of lifetime member and resident filosof Harvey Atkin z”l
by Celia Tessler Atkin.

Joined by our friends and partners at

Next Gen (20s and 30s) — Purim Schmooze
at 9.15 p.m.

Join Rabbi Jordan Shaner and some of the funniest people you will ever meet after the Harvey Atkin Purim Comedy Competition for a Purim schmooze in the Zoom green room.

Hang with friends and have a l’chaim while the comics bring out some of their more off-colour material.

Please register for Zoom coordinates.

Friday, February 26

Earlybird BYOBagel Purim-Style
at 7.45 a.m. 

Join this Friday morning meetup with your best mask (COVID or non-COVID), costume or pyjamas, and add a Purim flare to our early morning gathering. Who is that behind the mask? All will be revealed (or not).

Let’s eat, laugh and then pray together. We look forward to welcoming you virtually over fresh-brewed coffee and breakfast. And don’t forget that it’s never too early for hamentaschen!

Celebrate Purim with Temple Sinai
and our Friends Judy & David
at 5.00 p.m.

Rabbi Dolgin and Rabbi Shaner are joined by special guests Judy and David as we tell the story of the Megillah. Get your greggars ready and nosh a hamantaschen while we sing songs, have a laugh, and celebrate together.

Sunday, February 28

LOTSSY (Grades 9 to 12)
The Ultimate Purim Platform
at 1.30 p.m.

Purim is coming, and although we can’t get together for fun and games in person, we certainly can virtually! And guess what?! No Zoom!

Join us for an afternoon of games on backyard.co, where you can play all of your favourites, including Pictionary, a PG Cards Against Humanity, and Codewords!

Come dressed to impress! Points will not only be awarded to game winners but for best costume too!

Family Purim Car-Nival Drive-In
from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Drive-in to the Temple parking lot for some family fun, and  celebrate Purim with some costumed friends. Sing songs and hear a short Megillah together. Don’t forget to honk your horn when you hear Haman’s name (HONK! HONK!) and bring your own home-made greggors to make some noise.  

Then play some in-car CAR-Nival games on Zoom, led by LOTSSY, our senior youth group, and win prizes!   

Come in costume and have your photo taken from your car.   

All Families will receive a mishloah manot.   

Bring your own box of pasta to shake as a greggor and leave it with us to donate to the local food bank, or create your own greggor with a container and some loose change and then donate to Jewish Family & Child Services.  

Registration is mandatory. Gathering limitations and social distancing will be observed.

Want to just join the CAR-Nival games from home? Register for the Zoom link.

Please contact programs@templesinai.net for any questions.