Purim

JCC to host Adloyadah indoors on Sunday

The community wide Purim celebration will be held indoors at the Uptown Jewish Community Center on Sunday, March 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to expected inclement weather, the center’s back yard is not available this year due to construction for the new fitness center and aquatics area.

The...
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Brother of fallen IDF soldier invents Purim dance in his memory

(JTA) — The Bnei Akiva Jewish youth movement published online a Purim video of its members performing a dance choreographed by the brother of a fallen Israeli soldier. Hemi Goldin, whose brother, Hadar, was killed by Hamas in 2014 and whose body has not been returned for burial, invented the...
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Battling hate in the spirit of Queen Esther

By ELLEN HERSHKIN

(JTA) — Shots fired into a classroom window at an Indiana synagogue. Cemeteries desecrated in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and New York. Swastikas scrawled on Jewish buildings. More than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers.

History doesn’t always repeat itself, but echoes of the darkest chapters...
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Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.”

A former tailor’s apprentice whose life’s work last week went on display at the prestigious Metropolitan...
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Compost Cookie Hamantaschen Recipe

By SHANNON SARNA

(Nosher via JTA) — If you’ve never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for “compost cookie” and you will come up with dozens of recipes. But...
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Milk and Cereal Hamantaschen recipe for Purim

By SHANNON SARNA

(The Nosher via JTA) — It’s that time of year, when bloggers and crazy Jewish women everywhere scramble to come up with unique variations of hamantaschen. And I am nothing if not a crazy Jewish woman.

As I mulled over what kind of Purim treats to whip up this...
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The masks we wear on Purim — and on Facebook

By CINDY SHER

CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — Like so many other Jewish little girls on Purim, both my big sister and I would dress up for our annual Purim carnival as Queen Esther. The morning of the carnival, my mom would array us in regal dresses, bright red lipstick...
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Purim Recipe: Arab-Style Tortellini (Shishbarak)

By SHLOMO SCHWARTZ

(The Nosher via JTA) — On Purim, it is traditional to eat food with fillings hidden inside to symbolize the hidden nature of the holiday’s miracle, like hamantaschen, kreplach and stuffed cabbage. From this list of “stuffed” treats, one might assume that all Purim foods are Ashkenazi in origin, but this couldn’t...
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Should we get hammered on Purim — and Election Day?

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Purim parties are just around the corner — as is the presidential election. This got me thinking: What does the holiday’s operative phrase, “ad lo yada,” “until one no longer knows,” really mean?

Traditionally, this rabbinic license to party, derived from the Talmud,...
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Why Purim should be the ultimate hipster Jewish holiday

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — It’s one of the biggest conundrums facing the Jewish community: How do we get millennial Jews excited about being Jewish?

As a millennial Jew myself, I think I have the answer: Purim.

If you’re scratching your head, bear with me. Erase the images...
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