About the Holiday

Purim is an early springtime holiday of fun, fivolity, and generosity. It’s a holiday that feels like it’s made for families. Traditions include dressing up, sharing gift baskets or mishloach manot with friends, making noise by shaking groggers, and staying up late with your friends and community. People do tzedakah and also read the Book of Esther, or megillah, which shares the story of how the Jews of Persia were saved from annihilation.


Purim is Coming

Yummy Hamantaschen
Written and Illustrated by Elena Resko

Purim is great fun for kids – especially when baking hamantaschen is involved! This sweet book will inspire you to pull out your rolling pin. Happy Purim!

Purim Masquerade

Purim Masquerade
Written and Illustrated by Samara Q. Klein

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Purim is a holiday filled with fun, but perhaps the best part is dressing up! This book introduces young readers to the main characters in the Purim story — in mask form.

The Better Than Best Purim

The Better-Than-Best Purim
Written and Illustrated by Naomi Howland

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Soon it will be Purim, and it’s time for a little old lady to bake her better-than-best hamantashen. Her pets are all too busy to help her with the baking, but chances are they’ll have time to taste the results of her work. Sound familiar?

Ways to Celebrate

Our partners at PJ Library and Reformjudasim.org have provided a wonderful array of link to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday of Passover:

The Purim Story for Kids

What Are Mishloach Manot?

5 Easy Treats to Make for your Mishloach Manot!

Purim Recipes

Celebrating Purim with Shalom Sesame: Costumes

Celebrating Purim with Shalom Sesame: The Whole Megillah