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Purim Activities

Whether you're the one hosting a Purim party or just want to rock out to some Jewish tunes while you get into costume before attending one, our Purim playlist on Spotify is sure to do the trick. It’s family-friendly and totally appropriate for listening with young children. Enjoy!

Purim, a Jewish holiday in late winter, celebrates Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai and how they saved the Jews of Persia from an extermination plot by Haman, the king’s vizier. Central to the observance is a public reading – usually in the synagogue – of the Book of Esther (M’gillat Esther, the M’gillah), which tells the story of the holiday.

Purim costumes are a time-honored tradition dating back to the 16th century. Here is a list of Jewishly themed Purim costumes that are fun for the whole family. Get creative with them!

Try this family's unique way of engaging children in tikkun olam by helping the homeless.

Video: How to Make Purim Groggers (Noisemakers) with Objects You Have at Home

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with a fun activity: making groggers. Groggers (noisemakers) are traditionally used to drown out the sound of the name of the evil Haman, when the M'gillah (the story of Purim) is read aloud. Learn how to make your own groggers by recycling objects you have around the house. 

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Do you know what a Hamantaschen is? Or about what is written in the Megilat Esther? Show your friends how much you really know about the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Our Purim story comes from the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which can be found in the Writings (Ketuvim) section of our Jewish Bible, or Tanach.

Which Purim character are you most like? Take our quiz to find out! 

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