Your DC Purim Guide: 2019/5779


Raise your hand if…

  • You like to party
  • Eat sugary cookies filled with peanut butter/chocolate/raspberry jam
  • Dress in costume when its not Halloween
  • Enjoy libations guilt free
  • Scream really loudly about political figures you despise

Well, you are in luck…

Purim is just around the corner.

Since its been a full year (or more?!) since you last celebrated this glorious holiday, here’s a little refresher of the Purim story: An awful anti-Semitic man wanted to destroy the Jews. He didn’t. We partied.

If you want more of a history refresher, try going to one of the many Megillah-readings around DC (listed below) or watching this brand new investigative podcast, “Haman: A True Crime Story”.


There’s also a huge slew of other Purim parties, hamantaschen recipes, and gatherings across the DMV! Oh, and if we missed a Purim event – submit it here or email Allison Friedman.

However you celebrate, we wish you a chag Purim sameach – a happy and joyous Purim!

Sunday, March 10th

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Friday, March 22nd

Saturday, March 23rd

Monday, March 25th


Where to Get Hamantaschen

Purim Inspiration

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Shavuot Guide 2017/5777

Also known as “Feast of the Weeks,” you may know Shavuot as “The Holiday Where We Eat Cheesecake.”

Not only does the holiday, which begins the evening of May 30th and ends the evening of June 1st, have several names, it also celebrates more than one religious observance. Shavuot both celebrates the early summer’s grain harvest (in Israel) and also G-d giving the Torah on Mount Sinai to the Jewish people. It has become customary to eat dairy and study, debate and analyze Torah late into the night. This is called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot. In recent years, many Jews have started to reimagine Shavuot…engaging not only with traditional Torah texts, but also with more contemporary texts and art.

However you decide to mark the holiday, we’ve got your guide for doing it in DC!


Missing something? Submit it to our calendar, and then shoot us an email.

May 22nd

THE TEN – Jews and Muslims in America: Political Challenges and Moral Opportunities

May 24th

Shavuot: It’s Complicated

May 25th

What They Saw at Sinai at Sixth & I

May 30th

Shavuot @ Adas Israel: Recreating the Space Between Heaven and Earth

Shavuot with Tikkun Leil Shabbat and Bet Mishpachah

Shavuot Part I: Dessert Oneg and All-Night Learning with Chabad

May 31st

Shavuot Part II: 10 Commandments and Dairy Buffet at Chabad

June 7th

The Unkosher Comedy Tour: Up All Night

Food for Shavuot

Our Picks for the Top 5 Places for Cheesecake in DC

Shavuot Recipes from Federation’s Jewish Food Experience

Shavuot, without Cheese (via Tablet)

Recipes for a Sans Dairy Shavuot (via Federation’s Jewish Food Experience)

New Addition to On Rye’s Menu for Shavuot – Dairy-Based Push Pops

More Shavuot Resources

My Jewish Learning – Shavuot Basics

The Best Cheese Puns Ever via Buzzfeed

Video: Why Do Jews Eat Cheesecake on Shavuot? –

Video: Sixth & I’s Rabbi Shira Stutman Talks Shavuot –

Video: This Hilarious Song –