The jolliest of all Jewish holidays, Purim celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This year, Purim begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 20.
During Purim, we read the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which celebrates Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai saving the Jews of Persia from a plot by evil Prime Minister Haman. Many dress in costume like the characters in the Purim story and shake groggers, or noisemakers, to drown out hated Haman's name.
At the JCC, we will kick off celebrations with our annual Adloyadah Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17. Nursery school students and teachers will wear costumes throughout Purim Spirit Week, which ends with a special Purim Parade on Thursday, March 21, led by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
One of everyone’s favorite ways to celebrate Purim is by eating hamantaschen, delicious three-cornered, filled pastries said to represent Haman's hat. Several flavors of hamantaschen will be available for purchase at Adloyadah, including prune, poppyseed, Nutella, raspberry, and apricot. We will even have a new flavor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Purim carnival.
Our staff recently made their own hamantaschen, and we encourage you to try, too! Follow along with the recipe below and be sure to share photos of your homemade hamantaschen fun.
How to Make Hamantaschen
- 4 eggs
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- ¾ cup oil
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 ½ cups flour
- 2 pounds pitted prunes
- 1 orange (skin on, cut into eighths and pitted)
- 1 drop of water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup walnuts
- Cook prunes and orange with water.
- Place in a food processor to chop.
- Add honey and nuts to form a paste.
- Cream eggs and sugar. While beating, add oil, vanilla, salt, and baking powder.
- Gradually add flour and mix thoroughly.
- Knead until smooth.
- Roll out no more than ¼ inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into 2-inch rounds with a small glass or biscuit cutter.
- Place a dab of filling in the center of the circle and turn up three sides to form a triangle. Pinch the corners to seal.
- Place on a greased sheet about 2 inches apart and bake at 350 degrees for about 17 minutes, or until golden brown.