President Endorses Gay Synagogues

02/20/2013 - 19:00

President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City

02/20/2013 - 19:00

BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Photos: In Crown Heights, Purim Done Right

On Eastern Parkway, a festival of Megillah, mitzvot and masquerade.

03/25/2016 - 14:50
Staff Photographer

Eastern Parkway was flooded with festivities Thursday as Chabad's home base filled with children and adults alike deliving mishloach manot (gifts of food), matanot l'evyonim (giving money to the poor) and masquerading as characters from the Megillah and modern day marvels. 

Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights was bursting with Purim spirit Thursday. Photos by Michael Datikash/JW

Photo Essay: Learning About Purim From The Outside In

In a class with only three Jewish kids, a morning of multicultural hamentaschen-making and a purim spiel.

03/23/2016 - 16:59
Deputy Managing Editor



Most of Max Goldberg's classmates didn't know much about Purim. So his parents spent a morning at the Upper West Side's Columbus Preschool, introducing the children to the finer points of hamantaschen making and leading the teachers through a pared-down Purim spiel. Photos courtesy of Two Cats Productions.



Chocolate chips were a popular choice at Columbus Preschool, where a class got a taste of Purim. Courtesy of Two Cats Media

Millennials Drinking Up Purim, That Hipster Holiday

03/23/2016 - 09:16

It’s one of the biggest conundrums facing the Jewish community: How do we get millennial Jews excited about being Jewish?

Young Israelis celebrating Purim in the Nahlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem in 2014. Nati Shohat/Flash 90

A Purim-Like Masquerade in Time

“Stealing Time” is a brand-new ballet, with clocks in many scenes, sometimes ticking, numbers flashing, and occasionally dancers forming the circle of a clock’s face. With gorgeous music by Kurt Weill, artful dancing by members of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and unexpected details, the ballet is a meditation on time’s mysteries. Sunday afternoon was the final performance of its premiere run, the perfect way to spend a first day of spring with puzzling hints of snow.

Erez Milatin and company in Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's “Stealing Time.” Travis Magee

The Art of Giving: A Purim Challenge For People With And Without Disabilities

Guiltily, I admit that sometimes I don’t concentrate on the prayers that I am reciting.  Occasionally, however, a phrase that I have repeated for decades captures my attention. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

Purim Baskets With A Political Punch

02/02/2016 - 16:18
Staff Writer

The leaders of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates came to Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg with a question last year.

Young Israel of Jamaica Estates’ Purim food packages this year, with Israeli-only contents. Young Israel of Jamaica Estates

A Purim Carnival For All

I love being able to give families of students with special needs the opportunity to participate in Jewish milestones and traditions like any other family. This year was the 5th year that we hosted an accessible Purim carnival for our students. Each year, we build a carnival with accommodations and care so that our students will not feel overwhelmed and can participate in some way in all of the activities.

Celebrating Purim! Courtesy of Gateways

No Heroes

Not Esther, Ahasuerus or anybody walking the stage in Washington last week, either.

03/04/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

While the events of the book of Esther and the Persian monarchy’s intended annihilation of the Jewish community of the day reside within the realm of myth, the danger posed by the ayatollahs of those same lands today is no fiction.  This was not the case Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington to make this week.  No one doubts the Iranian threat; the question only is how to address it.

The Banquet of Esther. Wikimedia Commons
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