Did you know that here at Gather the Jews we got our name from the Purim story? Having been founded days before the holiday (and this Purim will mark our fifth birthday!), our founders chose to name their organization based on the Purim story.
In the book of Esther, Chapter 4, Verse 16, Esther tells Mordechai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for me.”
This passage – issued in opposition to the genocidal plots of Haman – represents the fighting spirit and strength of the unified Jewish people. Gather the Jews tries to bring together the members of the DC Jewish 20s and 30s because we believe in the strength of unification and the positive power of connection.
In that vein, Purim begins Wednesday, March 4th at sun down. Do you know where you’ll be celebrating? There are many opportunities in the coming weeks to celebrate with the DC Jewish Community.
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Wednesday, February 25th
- 7:00 pm – The Great Latke-Hamentasch Debate!
Saturday, February 28th
- 8:00 pm- Purim Masquerade Extravaganza — Bling Bling Like a Persian King!!
- 8:30 pm- Mischief: Purim Carnival for Adults
Monday, March 2nd
- 7:00 pm- Pre-Purim-Palooza
Wednesday, March 4th
- 6:00 pm- TLS/Fabrangen Megillah Reading
- 6:15 pm- PURIM 3/4 and 3/5 DC Minyan
- 6:30 pm- INCREDIBLE PURIM BASH! with Mesorah DC
- 7:00 pm- Thrillah in Megillah: A Purim Spiel Sixth & I
- 7:00 pm- Adult Celebration Temple Sinai
Thursday, March 5th
Friday, March 6th
Saturday, March 7th
- 8:15 pm- DC Purim Bash
Need some more help for Purim? Here are a couple of costume ideas!
If you find your self really in a bind check out these Last Minute Costume Ideas!
What about all the great food during Purim?
There of course is Hamantaschen, which we all know and love so lets start there:
You could go for savory with a recipe from the Kosherologist.
Or the Cookie Overload Hamantaschen from With Love and Cupcakes:
Or spice it up with Mexican Chocolate Hamantaschen from the Jewish Food Experience:
But Purim is not just know for Hamentaschen, there are other great recipes you should try out this time of year!
If you are feeling a bit adventurous maybe try the Cooking Channel’s Kreplach recipe!
The Jewish Daily Forward has a alternative recipe for Poppy Seed Rolls:
And just because we have not talked about desert enough, here is a recipe for Haman’s Fingers from the LA Times:
Did we miss any of your favorite recipes? Let us know in the comments!