Celebrate Purim!

Purim Palooza and Family Fun Day

Sunday, March 24  |  1-4 PM  |  JCC of Greater New Haven

Join Author Martha Seif Simpson in reading her book, Esther’s Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim (copies will be for sale after reading). Costumes are encouraged, carnival games will be played, dancing will ensue, and of course there will be hamantaschen to eat! 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Open Climb
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open Playscape
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Open Swim
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Reading Esther’s Gragger w/ Martha Simpson
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Purim Mask Making, Carnival Games, & Snacks!

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.

  • Goldie's Purim

    by Jane Breskin Zalben

    Goldie looks forward to her synagogue’s spiel, or Purim play, all year long -- and this year, she’s been chosen to play Queen Esther! But as the moment nears, she’s gripped with terrible stage fright. How will she summon bravery? Esther’s story provides inspiration.

  • 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 Esther Saves Her People

    by Rita Golden Gelman

    Long, long ago a young Jewish woman named Esther was chosen to be the Queen of Persia. The king’s prime minister proceeds to scheme against the kingdom’s Jewish citizens. How will Esther find the courage to stand up for the rights of her people? This book is recommended for children ages eight and older.


*Events are inserted to the community calendar by presenting organizations

PURIM 2019



The Big Gulp Purim Seuda

BEKI 85 Harrison St
New Haven, CT 06515



Westville Synagogue Purim Seuda

Westville Synagogue 74 West Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06515



Children's Purim Carnival at Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Tikvah 196 Durham Road
Madison, CT 06443




JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

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!

Elaine's Hamantaschen

(From joyofkosher.com)


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ tablespoons orange juice
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Fillings of choice

1 Cream shortening, butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and blend until smooth.
2 Stir in the orange juice and vanilla. Fold in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix to make a firm but soft dough. Pat dough into a smooth disc, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
3 Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 flattened discs and work with one portion at a time.
4 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to a thickness of 1/8". Us a 3" cookie cutter and cut as many rounds as you can. Brush the rounds with egg wash (1 egg plus 1 egg yolk whisked with 1-2 T water and a pinch of sugar).
5 Fill with a generous teaspoonful of filling. Draw the 3 sides together. Brush with additional egg wash.
6 Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 18 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets.


Note: You can make the hamantaschen dough ahead of time and refrigerate, wrapped in plastic, for up to 2 days or freeze (either in the dough form or the finished cookies) for a couple of months. If refrigerating, allow the dough to warm up before rolling out.

Wooden Spoon Purim Puppets

(From Joyful Jewish)

All you need is:

  • Some wooden spoons
  • A pen or pencil to draw facial features
  • Some googly eyes
  • Cardboard or stickers for hats and crowns
  • Curling ribbon, wool or similar for hair
  • Scraps of paper, ribbon or fabric for clothing, attached in this case with pieces of pipe cleaner or more ribbon
  • Sticky tape/glue/double sided tape for attaching hair/mustaches/beards.