Hag Sameach and Happy Purim! Purim
A year-round Purim reference guide. Click on the links in each event to get details and how to register, if needed.
Our learning tab features a quick glossary to help you understand a few Purim basics, a video from G-dcast and articles for further reading.
Our recipes tab lists hamentashan recipes for common food allergies.

Mishloach Manot

Mishloach Manot (also shortened to Shalach manot or manos and most easily translated as Purim Baskets) are small bags or baskets that people give to friends and relatives to increase love and friendship. The custom suggests giving a gift consisting of two different types of food to at least one recipient. Often one of these foods is hamentashan (see below). Many local organizations have the opportunity for people to sign up to give baskets through their organizations. Or you can try out one of these clever variations.



Hamentashan are distinctive triangular-shaped filled cookies. Popular fillings are fruit preserves, poppy seeds, prune butter or chocolate. They are called hamantashen because of Haman, the villain in the Purim story, and the 3-cornered hat he wore. In Israel, they are called Oznei Haman translated as Haman’s ears. For a great recipe, see the recipe tab.


Megilla – (sometimes spelled megillah) is translated as the Scroll of Esther, which contains the Purim Story. When Haman (the villain’s) name is said during the reading of the story, the community will boo and shake groggers (noisemakers) that are often homemade. The easiest grogger one can obtain is to shake a box of macaroni and cheese that you can then donate after the holiday. You can also make one with an old coffee can and dried beans!

Customs and Traditions

Other customs and traditions are Purim carnivals with games and prizes, dressing in costume and having masquerades and parades, parody skits, and getting so intoxicated you can’t tell the difference between Mordechai (the hero) and Haman (the villain).

Purim Values

A wonderful focus or teaching for the holiday, especially for children, is the value of standing up for yourself and the acknowledgement that being different is good. Both of these values are prevalent in the Purim Story.

For more on Purim

  • Chabad.org’s Purim Guide with stories, insights, and multimedia
  • My Jewish Learning’s Purim Guide
  • Our friends at G-dcast! have an animated Purim story. Parents may wish to watch before sharing with our youngest audience
Hamentashan Variationshamentashen

Gluten-Free Hamentashen

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
7 oz. butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. gluten-free flour blend + extra flour for handling the dough
Filling Suggestions
Apricot Jam, strawberry jam, prune butter (pour hot water or apple juice over prunes to cover. Wait 5 minutes. Blend with stick blender, blender or food processor. Could also use dried apricots the same way. Add a pinch of cardamom for an exotic, Persian feel), or poppy seed pie filling
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Let the mixture come to room temperature. Then, add the flour and mix lightly. Refrigerate the dough for an hour or more. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the hamentashen:
Roll the dough out to about 1/8 of an inch. Using a drinking glass dipped in flour, cut out circles from the dough. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of the circles. Pull up the sides and pinch three corners to form a triangle with filling showing in the middle. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
Paint dough with beaten egg and honey before baking.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

9:30-11:00 am ShabbatTots Does Purim at Nevei Kodesh
All levels of observance, interfaith families, and different lifestyles are honored. Great way to meet other families of young children (ages 0-5 and their siblings)! Open to members and guests. $10 per session.
1:30 pm Quantum Physics, Paradox, and Paradise Special Class with Guest Scholar Dr. Michael Kagan from Jerusalem at Bonai Shalom
There is a famous story about four Rabbis that enter Paradise: one dies, one goes mad, one becomes a heretic, and only one, Rabbi Akiva, comes out in one piece. What happened? We will read the text carefully and discover an amazing message about meditation, ascension, God, and reality.
7:30 pm Hamantaschen Bake Off with Kehillat Orot Yisrael
Love baking? Come join us for a community bake off to bake Hamensashen for the Mishloach Manot bags. Come when you can and take some home to eat. Please RSVP to orotyisrael@gmail.com to receive the location address!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Purim Party at Har HaShem South Building
Incredible games and activities including karaoke, an obstacle course, arts and craft stations, face painting, gaga, a bouncy house, entertainers, a photo booth, great food and much more. The party starts at 9:00 am with a Purim shpiel and games begin at 9:30 am. Purchase the all access family ticket (any adult bringing any kids). Pre-Party ticket sales are $20 per family. $25 at the door. Hamantaschen and food trucks additional. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Community-wide Purim Carnival at the Boulder JCC
Carnival games and prizes, bouncy castle, Hebrew storytime, music, food and more. The Boulder JCC is proud to host an hour of sensory-friendly activities at this year’s Purim Carnival. The activities and environment will be designed for families and children who have sensory challenges.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

4:30-6:30 pm It’s All About Purim! at the Boulder JCC
This class includes everything (well, almost everything) about Purim! We’ll make treats and crafts to include in the Mishloach Manot gifts (Purim Baskets) that we’ll prepare to give to friends, family and those in need. Dress in costume, and we’ll have a blast! For students age 5-10 years of age. $18 guests/$15 BJCC members. Registration deadline: Friday, March 11.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

6:00 pm Erev Purim Service with Megillah Reading at Har HaShem – North Building Sanctuary
7:00-10:00 pm Adult Purim Pajama Jammy Jam Party with Flatiron Tribe at Upslope Brewing Company
Get your costumes ready, dust off your graggers, and prepare your stomach for some hamentashen! We’ll have music, games, food, and the first round is on us. Pajamas are not mandatory, but with a PJ-themed party, the only costume that is not allowed is no costume! Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door. RSVP here!
7:45 pm Purim Celebration and Megillah Reading at Nevei Kodesh
Together, Bonai Shalom and Nevei Kodesh are hosting a festive Purim Megillah reading and party featuring a DJ and costume contest! BYOB. $5-100 suggested donation at the door.
7:45 pm – Maariv
8:00 pm Traditional Megillah Reading with Shtick followed by party
8:00 pm Megillah Reading with Kehillat Orot Yisrael
Location: Har HaShem foyer

Thursday, March 24, 2016

4:00 pm Purim Seudah and Festivities at Bonai Shalom
Bonai Shalom welcomes all families and children for a festive Purim meal and costume parade! $5 per person for the meal, RSVP on our website or to office@bonaishalom.org.
6:00 pm Purim Dinner/In-House Party with Moishe House
Join us for a Purim dinner and party! Good food, great people, even better Purim Megilla learning. Yep, we did just mix learning into this great evening! Wine is on you, the gragger is on us! Click on Facebook event to RSVP.
7:00 am Purim Minyan and Megillah Reading at Bonai Shalom
Adult Purim party.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

7:00 pm Adult Purim Shpiel at Har HaShem
Returning for the 22nd season, the Not Ready for Shushan-Time Players, present a performance like no other. Every shpiel has a surprise theme. Costumes encouraged. Hamentaschen and alcohol served. This evening is designed for those 13 years of age and older, may be inappropriate for those under age 13.