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The Jewish Holiday of PurimPURIM IS THE JOYOUS HOLIDAY that celebrates the rescue of the Jews of Persia from annihilation. Along with reading the biblical Book of Esther (often called the megillah) on Purim, we dress up in costumes, share a festive meal, give gifts to our friends, and money to those in need.

On Purim you eat hamantaschen, triangular cookies with a filling (poppy and jam are popular options). Hamantaschen means Haman's pockets, and various legends connect the triangular pastries with Haman's hat, ears, and pockets. Many people put their hamantaschen in small packages of foods and gifts, which they distribute to friends and to the poor. Finally, a festive meal at home closes the holiday. It is traditional to serve alcohol, as well as a sumptuous feast, at this meal.

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Purim Books

Here is a list of Purim-related books sent out by the PJ Library program this year and in past years.

  • Review All the Purim Books
  • Purim Activities

    Below are some fun Purim activities the whole family can enjoy.

    PJ Library Purim Ideas

    Other Purim Activities

    (Trans)Denominational Purim Resources

    Check out the Purim resources provided by these Jewish organizations and movements:

  • Jewish Outreach Institute
  • Society for Humanistic Judaism
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
  • Orthodox Union
  • Chabad