Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

Purim Change of Pace Choose chocolate as a flavored dough

Triple chocolate hamantaschen would make a wonderful treat in coffee-themed Purim baskets.

Hamantaschen talk is always about the filling: prune, poppy, apricot and strawberry, just to name a few favorites. I love being creative with the fillings, but this year I wanted to change up things with a flavored dough rather than just a fun filling. And what better ingredient to include than chocolate. Once you have… Read More

Purim Roundup! A selection of festive events around town

Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 5. The JT has put together a selection of events and megillah readings in the area. From wine-and-cheese receptions to tot Purim events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday. All events are open to the public.   BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNCIL Arugas Habosem • March… Read More

Fun Purim Crafts For Kids

Make a Purim Grooger You will need: Popping corn pencil empty juice can (with only 2 holes at the top that were used for pouring cardboard scissors colored felt household cement glue Put a handful of popping corn into the can through the 2 holes. Trace the base of the can onto the cardboard. Cut… Read More

Purim Primer: Some quick facts about the Festival of Lots

Purim is a minor festival telling the story of the saving of the Jews from possible annihilation in the Persian Empire, 473 B.C.E. The Persian King Ahasuerus, or Xerxes, has a prime minister named Haman. Haman is angry because one particular Jew named Mordechai refuses to bow down before him, giving him the respect of… Read More

Self-Invented Character Groggers

(Ages 3 to 10) Materials Needed Empty (clean and dry) plastic milk or juice container with handle (quart or half-gallon), save the lid too! White glue, scissors Beans, marbles, tic-tacs, candies (anything that makes lots of noise when shaken in an empty container) Multi-colored felt pieces, construction paper, tissue paper, wallpaper samples, etc.

Designer Mishloach Manot

(Ages 12-16 years) Materials Needed: Colorful pasteboard Assorted wrapping paper Ribbon Self-adhesive stickers Clear tape Scissors Tissue paper for inner wrap Actual gifts for inside (at least two different foods)

More Information

Purim: Persian word for lots or lottery. Megillah Esther: Means scroll of Esther, telling the story of Purim in great detail. It is read on Purim night and again the following morning. Purim dates: Ta’anit (fast) of Esther on 13 Adar. That evening the story of Purim is read from the Megillah. It is then read again on… Read More

Shalach Manot—Delicious Purim Treats

Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. The story of Queen Esther appeals to my sense of justice, when evil is dealt a mortal blow and things turn out happily after all. Of course, my sense of taste is also fulfilled when making Purim specialties. Hamantashen is the most popular food associated with… Read More

Purim Resource List

Together: A Child-Parent Kit: Purim Bou Nahser b’Purim – Book and Cassette Sammy Spider’s First Purim – Rouss, Sylvia VIDEO Ha Ra’Ashan (The Grogger) in Hebrew VIDEO Queen Esther (From the Great Adventure series) List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education 5800 Park… Read More