Beit Chaverim Synagogue will celebrate Purim with services on two days, a traditional children's costume parade and other entertainment at the 85 Post Road West synagogue.

A Maariv service is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, followed by a reading of the Megillah, the story of Purim, the synagogue said. A children's program with ice cream sundaes will follow, along with a cocktail party for adults.

On Sunday, March 16, a Torah service will take place at 9 a.m. and a Megillah reading at 10. The costume parade will follow, along with "Purim Shpiel," an original skit written by Beit Chaverim Rabbi Greg Schindler and performed by synagogue youths, the congregation said. Festivities conclude with a Purim lunch and children's face painting.

All activities are free, but reservations are required for the Sunday lunch. Children also must be registered to participate in "Purim Shpiel," the synagogue said.

For Sunday lunch reservations, call the synagogue at 203-227-3333. To register a child to participate in "Purim Shpiel," email Patrice Stanley at