Celebrating Purim with Shalom Sesame: Baking Hamantaschen

Enjoy these Shalom Sesame videos with your children and follow up with engaging discussion ideas and activities.

Purim has its own special cookie, called a hamantaschenhamantaschenאֹזֶן הָמָןTriangle-shaped pastries commonly filled with apricot jam or poppyseed spread (or other fillings) and eaten on Purim; the shape represents Haman's hat or ears , which has three corners just like Haman's hat. Together with your children, watch the Shalom Sesame videos below to learn about Purim and the tradition of baking hamantaschen. Then try some of the discussion ideas and activities below recommended by Reform Jewish educators to further extend the lessons in the videos. If you wish, share your experiences and ideas in the comments sections below!

Discussion Ideas

Three-cornered goodies. In addition to baking hamantaschen, it's also traditional to eat a festive Purim meal, which is a great opportunity to welcome guests into your home and celebrate together. Talk with your kids about other holidays that have special treats, and the role of food in Jewish tradition. Why do we make special foods to celebrate holidays?


Traditional treats gone wacky. Look up some recipes—right here on ReformJudaism.org or in Grandma's old cookbooks — and try to find a simple guide to making some scrumptious hamantaschen. Mix it up by trying out some unique fillings—chocolate is always a winner, but give Nutella or even caramel a shot, too. Let your imagination run wild and whip up some delicious Purim treats!

Share stories with your children. Entrée to Judaism for Families by Tina Wasserman provides tools to help children learn to cook, with clear, step-by-step instructions for every recipe and tips for adults to make the experience safe and rewarding. The book, featuring delicious gluten-free hamantaschen dough and chocolate filling recipes, is a great for sharing stories about the meaning and history associated with each recipe.


Making Hamantaschen
A young boy visits his Jewish friend and learns how to make hamantaschen.

Happy Purim
Celebrate all things Purim with Maya Rudolph, Cookie Monster and their friends. Happy Purim from Shalom Sesame!

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