Purim Resources

Resources to enhance and add meaning to your Purim celebration.

Talking about drinking at Purim

Esther’s story reminds us that sometimes, even if we have entered relationships with a power imbalance, we can, with support, find ways of speaking up and making change.

Given the #metoo movement we should talk with kids of all genders about the powerful actions of Vashti and Esther, different as they are on the surface.

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Teens, Purim, and #metoo

Esther’s story reminds us that sometimes, even if we have entered relationships with a power imbalance, we can, with support, find ways of speaking up and making change.

Given the #metoo movement we should talk with kids of all genders about the powerful actions of Vashti and Esther, different as they are on the surface.

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Such a Time as This

When it is time to act, will our youth believe that they have the power to speak up for what is right?

Today, like Esther, an unprecedented number of women now see themselves as ready “for a time such as this.” And more and more men, like Mordechai, are there to encourage and support women, while also stepping up themselves.

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Beauty: From the Scroll to the App

During the Hebrew month of Adar, Rosh Hodesh groups wrestle with questions about the standards of beauty they experience in American culture, meeting the biblical heroines, Esther and Vashti.

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Beauty Queens, Masks and Jewish Teens

Every year at Purim, we tell the tale of a Jewish teenage girl who ascends to the throne of the Persian Empire by pretending not to be Jewish.

Rabbi Sara Brandes looks at Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther) and a TED Talk by model Cameron Russell, and describes how in our programs Moving Traditions relates Purim to the two most pressing questions for teens.

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