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Purim

Celebrate Purim!

Parked at the PJCC Purim Party!

Featuring a Big Screen Family Megilah Reading & Pixar’s Movie: Brave
Sunday, February 28 • 6:00-8:00 pm

Drive up to the big screen in the PJCC parking lot for a ton of Purim fun, including a “dress up your car” costume contest, “Honk over Hamen” megilah reading, and a showing of Pixar’s movie Brave.

This event is free, but space is limited and registration required! Sign up today.

Co-sponsored by Peninsula Sinai Congregation, PJ Library, and Wornick Jewish Day School.


Savory Hamantaschen with Chef Michael Solomonov

Thursday, February 25 • 6:00-7:00 pm

For far too long the hamantaschen has been cornered into being the expectedly sweet holiday treat. Recently, a new generation of Israeli bakers have been turning the iconic tricorner sweets on their head by using unconventional flavor combinations that appeal to a more sophisticated palate. That’s a trend we can TOTALLY get behind.

Celebrate Purim with us as James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov, co-owner and executive chef of Zahav and host of Bringing Israel Home, takes on an old favorite and transforms it with modern, savory flavors – just for us! Grab your favorite adult beverage and join Michael for a special demo and conversation as he walks us through his fun and fanciful recipe for feta hamantaschen. Learn about culinary trends in Israel and follow along for a salty, delightfully cheesy Purim twist you’ve probably never thought of.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Presented by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco with community partners Honeymoon Israel, Value Culture, and The Cheese School of San Francisco.

For Adults: Enjoy a Unique Purim Cocktail!

Jewish Mixology with Jhos: The Purim-Inspired “Guess Again” Cocktail | JCCSF

Pour’em for Purim! JCCSF’s resident Maggid and mixologist Jhos shows you how to concoct his delicious, nuanced, and unorthodox Purim-inspired cocktail, the “Guess Again.”

About Purim

History

The Book of Esther recounts the story of Purim, telling of how the Jews of Persia were saved from destruction. During the time of King Ahashuerus, one of his ministers, Haman, sought to destroy the Jews in revenge for being snubbed by the Jew Mordecai, who refused to bow down to him. With the king’s authority, he drew purim (lots) to determine the fateful day, which fell on the 13th of the month of Adar.

Learning of this decree, Mordecai approached the new queen, his cousin Esther, to intercede with the king. Esther, who had not revealed her Judaism publicly, fasted for three days in preparation for this task. At a banquet, she denounced the evil Haman, who was eventually hanged.

The days following the Jews’ victory over their enemies (the 14th and 15th of Adar) were declared days of feasting and merrymaking, today celebrated as Purim.

Why Do We Celebrate?

Often seen as a classic “good vs. evil” tale, Purim, at its core, is a celebration of religious freedom. We rejoice in the triumph of the Jews over Haman’s attempt to destroy the Jewish people and we celebrate the bravery Queen Esther showed by speaking out publicly on behalf of the community. We acknowledge our good fortune by sharing gifts of food with our friends, family and those in need.

In the Community

Purim is observed by hearing a celebratory public reading of Megillat Esther (Scroll of Esther) and dressing up in costume. When the name of the villainous Haman is read, people make noise— often with the aid of graggers (noisemakers) to blot the evil villain’s name out. The reading is usually followed by a festive meal in which Purim spiels (plays) poking fun at the Purim story are performed. Many communities hold carnivals emphasizing the playful element of this holiday.

The traditional food eaten on Purim are hamantashen, triangle-shaped pastries that some say resembles the evil villain’s hat (others say his ears)!

One of the most interesting traditions related to Purim is the drinking of alcoholic beverages (by those of drinking age). This stems from the celebratory nature of the holiday and, in the story, the people drank so they couldn’t tell the difference between Mordecai (the hero) and Haman (the villain).

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