PURIM IS AN EARLY SPRINGTIME HOLIDAY of fun, fivolity, and generosity. What are your Purim plans? However you intend to celebrate Purim, PJ Library wishes you a festive time.
For those with plans still in the works, we suggest the following fun Purim suggestions:
Dress It Up for Purim
Maybe you have never dressed up for Purim before, or maybe you’re tired of the same-old dress-up routine. The links below provide a number of unique and creative ideas:
- “Last-Minute Costume Ideas for Purim“ — A number of “quick and easy” costume ideas from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
- "A Round-Up of Purim Costumes" — CreativeJewishMom’s great collection of homemade Purim costumes, all created using thrift store finds and household items.
- “Purim Costumes on the Cheap“ — Kveller.com‘s Mayim Bialik ives parents ideas for giving kids "a fresh new look each year without breaking bank.
- “Easy Purim Costume Ideas“ — The blog, A Mother in Israel, shares reader ideas for dressing up for Purim.
- “Homemade Purim Costume Ideas“ — Chabad.org shares some “inexpensive, homemade Purim costume ideas that will cost little money and show lots of imagination.”
- VIDEO: "Costume Conundrom" — Mama Doni and her band present a number of engaging Purim dress-up ideas through an original song. Watch the Shalom TV video of Mama Doni’s song below.
Bake It Up for Purim
Maybe you’ve never made a hamantash before, or maybe you’re just looking to add a new flavor to Purim. In any case, consider these triangular recipes:
- “Joan Nathan’s Hamantaschen Recipe“ — Cookbook author and Kveller.com writer Joan Nathan offers this classic recipe.
- “Chocolate Hamantaschen“ — MyJewishLearning contributor Victoria Sutton provides directions for "triangular chocolate pockets with chocolate ganache filling."
- “Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen“ — Food blog Elena’s Pantry offers this gluten-free, dairy-free Purim treat.
- “Innovations in Hamantashen“ — Foodie Leah Koenig shares a couple unique recipes on the blog, The Jew and the Carrot.
- “Dr. Ruth’s Hamantaschen Recipe“ — The famous couples therapist, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer asks, "Do poppy seeds have any aphrodisiacal qualities?" She offers this poppy seed-filled recipe.
- “Hamantaschen Recipe“ — The so-called Cupcake Project offers these tips to make "the perfect Purim cookie."
- “Midnight Mint Hamantaschen“ — Based on a recipe for the beloved Girl Scouts cookie Thin Mints, this Pragmatic Attic cookie boasts a mint truffle filling!
- VIDEO: "Making Hamentaschen" — Will and his friend make Hamantaschen in this Shalom Sesame video. Watch the video using the player below!
Shake It Up for Purim
Have you never made a homemade Purim noisemaker (gragger)? Or, would you like to make something new and different? Here are some ideas worthy of some noise:
- “Crayola Gragger“ — Creative ideas abound on the Crayola website. Consider this idea for a colorful Haman Gragger.
- “A Juicy Purim Grogger“ — Kveller.com writer Rachel Teichman offers this idea for using recycled juice boxes. "Juice boxes have never made so much noise!" she writes.
- “Bottle Clown Gragger“ — Chabad.org provides downloadable directions for this fun noisemaker..
- “Recycled Cup Gragger“ — CreativeJewishMom offers this easy and fun gragger project.