DMV Purim Guide 2024 / 5784

A crowd tossing confetti overlaid in purple coloring. Text: GatherDC 2024 / 5784 DMV Purim Guide

Updated 4:33 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd

Dear DMV friends,

Welcome to GatherDC’s DMV Purim Guide for 2024 / 5784! With Purim coming up on March 23rd and 24th, this guide is here to connect you with meaningful ways to embrace Jewish joy in DC, Maryland, and NoVA — be it Megillah readings, dinners, masquerades, bake-offs, carnivals, musical shpiels, educational resources, bakeries where you can order hamantaschen, or recipes to help you make hamantaschen (and other Purim treats) at home. We’ve been looking forward to this chance to be in community together, and we can’t wait to see you out and about!

We’ll be updating this guide nearly every day with all the DMV experiences, opportunities to fulfill the Purim mitzvot, menus, readings, and more that we can find…but it is always possible that we will miss something. If you notice this guide is missing any local Purim events that would be a great fit for our community of 20s and 30s, please submit them to our online calendar or email us, and we’ll make sure to share. If you want to stay in-the-loop with breakdowns of the upcoming week for all things Jewish DMV, subscribe to our weekly Wednesday newsletter!

Otherwise, Happy Purim! Chag Purim Sameach!

The GatherDC Team

DMV Events During Purim

Saturday, March 23rd

Sunday, March 24th

Where to Order Hamantaschen in The DMV

Purim Giving in the DMV

There are four mitzvot (good deeds or commandments of religious duty) commonly associated with Purim, and two of them involve some form of giving: Matanot L’evyonim (gifts given to those in need) and Mishloach Manot (gifts given to friends and community members).

Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington explains Matanot L’evyonim this way: “To fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L’evyonim on Purim, one must give charity to at least two poor people. This mitzvah can be fulfilled by giving either food or the monetary equivalent of the amount of food that is eaten at a regular meal.”

Below, we have compiled a few local charities and organizations with specific Matanot L’evyonim and Mishloach Manot campaigns or events. If you are interested in other ways to give back in the DMV, you could also check out our guide to Volunteering in the DMV!

Purim Recipes

How to Make Hamantaschen at Home

Purim Recipes That Aren’t Hamantaschen

Readings and Other Resources: Purim Explainers, How-Tos, and More

The views and opinions expressed by the organizations featured on this guide and on this website are solely those of the original organizations. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the organization GatherDC, the GatherDC staff, the GatherDC board, and/or any/all contributors to this site.