Celebrate Purim!

Purim falls on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar, usually in February or March. In leap year (there are seven leaps years occurring over a 19-year cycle), an additional leap month of Adar I is added. In these years, Purim is celebrated during Adar II.


Purim 2021 begins at night on Thursday, February 25 and concludes in the evening on Friday, February 26.

Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews of Persia from certain destruction. King Achashverosh's advisor Haman was offended when Mordechai, a Jew, would not bow to him, so he drew lots (purim in Hebrew) to determine a date upon which all of Persia's Jews would be killed: the 14th of Adar. Mordechai's relative Esther entered and won a contest to become Achashverosh's new queen after his first wife Vashti was thrown out of the palace, so she was able to use her influence to convince Achashverosh to condemn Haman and his plot. 

Purim is a festive and joyous holiday. Many people dress up in costume to attend Purim carnivals, and when the megillah (scroll) is read aloud, noisemakers called groggers are shaken every time Haman's name appears. Other customs include enjoying a large meal, giving gifts to the poor, and sending ready-to-eat food (mishloach manot) to friends, often including hamantaschen ("Haman's pockets," "Haman's hat," or oznei Haman [Haman's ears] in Hebrew; triangle-shaped pastries filled with poppy seeds, jam, or even chocolate/Nutella). 


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PJ Library Purim Books

  • Cakes and Miracles

    by Barbara Diamond Goldin

    Hershel’s blindness doesn’t keep him from living life. He helps his mother by doing chores, but wishes he could do even more for her. When an angel appears in Hershel’s dream and encourages him to make what he sees when he closes his eyes, the boy snaks into the kitchen, transforming his mother's cookie dough into beautiful hamantaschen (three-cornered fruit-filled cookies) that can be sold to raise money for the family at Purim.

  • Esther Didn’t Dream of Being Queen

    by Allison Ofanansky

    The story of Purim has many elements of a fairy tale -- a beautiful queen, a dastardly villain, and of course, a satisfying ending. But Esther doesn't love dressing up and being the center of attention -- she's not interested in playing the Cinderella role. How will she muster the will to do what needs to be done?

  • One, Two, Three, Purim!

    by Naomi Shulman

    Dressing in costume, baking hamantaschen, making noise -- it must be Purim! Getting ready for this holiday is as easy -- and fun -- as one, two, three.

  • Queen Vashti’s Comfy Pants

    by Leah Berkowitz

    Queen Vashti was hanging out with her friends when the King rudely summoned her to entertain him. He didn't even ask nicely! What's a strong, independent woman to do in that situation?


*Events are inserted to the community calendar by presenting organizations

PURIM 2021



BEKI Purim Costume Parade and Car-Nival

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724



Purim Night at BEKI

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724



BEKI Purim Megillah reading

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724



Temple Emanuel Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Purim Celebration

Temple Emanuel 150 Derby Avenue
Orange, CT 06477



Carnival Drive-Thru Purim

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek 55 East Kings Hwy.
Chester, CT

Purim Sing-A-Long with Rabbi Noah Diamondstein


Rabbi Diamondstein serves the congregation of Temple Sinai in Washington D.C. and is the son of Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s CEO, Judy Alperin.


Purim Recipes & Crafts

Edible Purim Groggers

(From cupcakeproject.com)

How to make an edible grogger:


Step 1:  Use a paintbrush to paint a thick layer of melted tempered chocolate onto the insides of two silicone molds.

Step 2:  Place molds in the freezer until solid (just a couple of minutes). Remove from the freezer and paint a second coat. You want the chocolate to be thick so that it will withstand something banging into it.

Step 3:  Place the chocolate-filled silicone molds back in the freezer until solid. Then, carefully remove and peel off the silicone molds. They should come off easily.

Step 4:  Paint chocolate along the edges of both triangles. This chocolate will serve as glue. At this point, it doesn’t matter if the chocolate is smooth and runny.

Step 5:  Paint a quarter of a popsicle stick with chocolate – front, back, and sides.

Step 6:  Add a few candy pearls to one of the triangles. You don’t want to put too many in because they need room to move around when you shake the grogger. Then, place the popsicle stick on one of the triangles.

Step 7:   Stick the other triangle on top. The fit might not be perfect. If necessary, turn the triangle to find the best fit. Paint chocolate liberally around all of the edges to seal any gaps.

Step 8:  Freeze until the grogger hardens. Remove from the freezer. Pipe a Jewish star or other decoration onto the grogger using melted white chocolate.

Step 9:  Freeze until ready to shake, boo, and eat!

Easy No Fuss Hamantaschen Recipe

(From kosherinthekitch.com)

Servings: about 20 Hamantaschen



  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Jam, chocolate spread or desired filling
  1. Cream together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add flour and baking powder.
  3. Mix together. The dough might be crumbly, use your hands to smooth it out and combine it. (if the dough is sticky add an additional 1/4 cup flour)
  4. Roll out dough on floured surface (about 1/4 to 1/8 thick. Not too thick since then the circles are hard to shape and will open up. Not too thin since then it will rip when shaping or filling)
  5. Cut out circles using a donut cutter, cookie cutter or the rim of a large glass cup or mason jar.
  6. Fill center of circle with desired filling (about 1/2 tsp) and bake on 350′ for 8 to 12 minutes depending on how soft or crispy you want them. I like them super soft so I take them out at about 8 minutes.

Make a Purim Puppet/Noisemaker

(With Morah Lana from Ezra Academy and PJ Library)

More Ideas on the PJ Library Pinterest Page