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“Shake Your Grogger” by Michelle Citrin

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A Purim Party for All!!!
Download the song HERE


Purim: Turn the World Around

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

There’s no way around it. Purim is a crazy holiday with a crazy story. We’re talking about some of the best storybook characters of all time, valiant (s)heroes, evil plotters, drunk royalty, harems, eunuchs, executions.  Its a crazy story.  So what is it all about?  And how do we teach this to our  children? Turn the [...]

Celebrating Purim from Groggers to Shlivovitz

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The basic ingredients for a proper Purim celebration on the 14th of Adar include:

The Purim Story
Costumes Noise Makers Liquor for the grown-ups (optional) Hamentashn and Mishloach Manot

How We Read the Story The Megillah is read or the Purimspiel is performed on the 13th of the Jewish month, Adar, Purim Eve, and [...]

To Boo or Not to Boo: Purim M’gillah Talking Points For Your Youngest Children

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Your youngest children certainly will hear a different version of this animated tale than the congregation listening to the M’gillah. At the early childhood and early elementary school age, we focus on the characters. Just like the characters in a classic Disney movie, they are silly and extreme, either very “good” or very “evil”. But it doesn’t end there.

Why [...]

Be Happy, It’s Adar!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Be Happy, It’s Adar! And I’m not just saying that, that’s an instruction directly from the Mishnah. On Purim we celebrate mistaken identity, madcap antics, absurd twists, heroes, villains, fools, chance, and of course salvation. Did it all really happen? Well… we do know that the Scroll of [...]

Purim Costume Projects and Cut-outs

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Join the Purim fun! You can find here many many many costume projects. Click on any of the images below to download a pdf to print out.
Have fun, and don’t forget to send pictures!

make this [...]

Purim Noisemaker Projects

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

It’s very important to make a lot of RASH RASH RASH!! on Purim. That means, that at the right moments, making as much noise as possible will actually change the world. Here are a few noise maker projects: Make your own Tambourine Make your own Kazoo [...]

How silly can you get?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

How silly can you get?!?!?!?! Are you ready to make some serious costumes and noise makers? Here we go… COSTUME PIECES   and NOISE MAKERS Full color queen mask Full color king mask Create your own mask and choose Eyes Mouths Eye-Glasses Hat Tiara or Crown Wig Beard [...]

That’s How We Roll

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

That’s How We Roll
(the scroll)
(of Esther)
(by Shira Kline)
(based on the JPS translation)
Chapter 1
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a Persian king who ruled from India all the way to Ethiopia. His royal pad was in the fortress of Shushan. There was one thing for which this king was [...]

Little Bunny Foo Foo tells the story of Haman

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Horrible, Horrible Haman to the tune of “Little Bunny Foo Foo”
(Adapted by Sherrie Stohl with hand motions by  Audrey Katz)
Horrible, horrible Haman was marching through Shushan
Making all the Jewish people bow down to him.
1. When along came Mordechai…
2. When along came Queen Esther…
3. When along came King Ahashverosh…
…and he/she said…
Horrible, horrible Haman, I don’t like [...]