HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

LISTEN TO PODCAST:

Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 11 & 12, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

[Original Airdate: Feb 23rd & 24th, 2013]

HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

LISTEN TO PODCAST:

Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. — www.mamadoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


 Archived Podcasts Radio  Facebook Twitter

PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

Suggested Events for March 22nd-28th, 2014

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in western Massachusetts, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

“The resources made available (and sent to my inbox!) have been such a treasure chest of information! I’ve followed up on many, and learned about so many others… This is like a quilt of the region–all the squares brought together into a wonderful blanket of information and opportunities. Thank you!” Toni H. (Northampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families… help us help you! Click HERE to find out more.

SUMMER CAMPS IN WESTERN MA

Summer Camps in  MassachusettsOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

BULLETIN BOARD

Mar 22

SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival featuring Avner the Eccentric, Saturday, March 22, 2 pm – 6:30 pm, Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. Piti Theatre Co. presents its’ 5th annual delicious potpourri of theatre, music, clowning, syrup tasting, mural-making and . . . free pickles. This year’s headliner is Avner the Eccentric, a master of physical comedy and member of the International Clown Hall of Fame who will also offer a workshop on 3/23 for ages 15+. “Here is what Avner the Eccentric does best: he reduces his audience to laughter and giggles and applause.”- New York Times. Also featuring Piti’s “Elmer and the Elder Tree” and storyteller-musician John Porcino. Schedule and tix: www.ptco.org/syrup; info@ptco.org

Mar 29

Valley Vegfest, Saturday, March 29, 10-4, at J.F.K. Middle School in Northampton. The first–ever Western Mass vegetarian festival featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and the environment. Learn about and sample delicious healthy new foods. Enjoy entertainment and activities for kids. Speakers include author and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary director Jenny Brown, along with Neil Hornish, Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, MD, and Hannah Kaminsky. Have your questions answered during Q&A discussion sessions on a variety of topics, such as raising vegan children. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Details at www.valleyveg.org

Mar 29 & 30

Tiny Owls, Captivating Ravens, an Enchanted Castle, Magical Roses, a Jealous Suitor, and a Lonely Beast. Full of whimsy and magic, Beauty and the Beast follows the story of a young woman who discovers the true meaning of love in an unexpected place. A moving ballet based on the fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Pioneer Valley Ballet’s original ballet features all new choreography and a colorful cast of characters dancing to the music of Antonin Dvorak. A thrilling and opulent performance for all ages, March 29 & 30 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Tickets and information: www.pioneervalleyballet.org

Mar 30

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party, a live family concert on Sunday, March 30 at 3:30 PM at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. An award-winning singer, songwriter and performer, Mama Doni and guitar virtuoso Eric Lindberg fuse together traditional Jewish melodies with contemporary bluegrass sounds. They rock the stage with a live performance guaranteed to get every member of the family dancing. Perfect for toddlers to grandparents! $7.50 adults, $5 children (under 2 free), capped at $20/family. Advance tickets at Lander-Grinspoon Academy or Springfield Jewish Community Center. Tickets also available at the door. Call 413.584.6822 or visit PVJFF.org. Co-sponsored by PJ Library.

Mar 30; Apr 3-May 29

Kathryn Roszko, a functional stoneware potter of CyclePottery in Hatfield, is offering an Adult Beginner Wheel Throwing class: 8 classes on Thurs. from 9-11am, Apr 3-May 29 (skipping Apr 24), w/open studio time on Sat. 2-4pm. Drop the kids off at school and enjoy some quiet, creative time for yourself making pottery! Interested in a Tues. class, same time? Contact Kathryn. Cost: $260. Includes 25 lb bag of clay, tools, glazes, firings & studio time. Also Parent/Child Workshops: Limited openings on Sun., 30, 2-3:30pm. $25/pair for lesson + $10 for Kathryn to trim, glaze & fire work. See www.cyclepottery.com for more info, call 413-219-9594 or email kathryn@cyclepottery.com. 4 students max/class, allows for individualized attention!

Apr 7-Jun 16

StoryCatchers: Writing to Discover is offering an afterschool writing workshop for girls in 5th and 6th grade. Held on Monday afternoons (3:30-5:30) in a peaceful Florence yoga studio, girls will explore, invent, and imagine the stories they have to tell. Writers will gather, have a snack and be offered a prompt — a found object, a quote, an image, a piece of music – before settling down to write. We will reconvene to listen to one another’s words, discovering our answers to Mary Oliver’s question: “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Meets Mondays between April 7-June 16 (except April 21 and May 26). $180 for 9 weeks. Learn more at www.storycatchersworkshops.com or email info@storycatchersworkshops.com.

Open House: May 3

The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to join them for their annual open house on Saturday, May 3 10am-Noon. This event is for families with young children ages 2 years nine months – 5 years who are looking for quality care and small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield, MA. Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing a sunflower house and pumpkin patch. This year they will add a butterfly garden. In this pastoral setting the preschool offers a six week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists. Join their staff on May 3. Tour their facility and grounds and register for summer and fall sessions. The preschool is located at 103 Baptist Corner Rd. 413-628-3248.

Jun 25-Jul 25

Share a local Hilltown summer experience with a student from Spain. Since 2008, Home Stays USA has arranged home stays for Spanish students. They look for host families with children of the same gender and close in age and interests to create a strong, intercultural relationship. Hosts invited on two-day group trip to New York City. Local organizers Joe Bock and Paula Garcia, from both Spain and America, are always close-by and in touch to ensure a successful stay. If attending a camp, organizers arrange camp paperwork for student if necessary. Airport transportation provided. Many references available upon request. June 25-July 25. $700 stipend provided. A great way to make a friend in Spain, have fun and represent the great Hilltown area.

One’s never too old, and rarely too young to study violin! Vicki Citron, experienced teacher of over 30 years, offers Suzuki violin lessons for ages 4 and up. Learn violin the way we learn language – through listening, imitation, and practice. Vicki understands different learning styles, has a passion for music and a love of children. She creates a positive environment where play and discipline are equally valued. Watch your child’s confidence and mastery grow through carefully prepared steps which guarantee success. Weekly private lessons and group classes in Shelburne. For more information: citronmusic.com, 413-625-6269 or citronmusic@gmail.com.

Helping a Parent-Helps a Child. Prevent child abuse and neglect. Caring, flexible, good listeners are needed to do weekly home visits to Hampshire County parents living in stressful situations. With three to five hours per week, you can make a difference to a family in need of extra support. Training and regular supervision are provided. The Spring Training Group for the Parent Aide Volunteer Program is forming now. Commitment to volunteering isn’t required until after the training. Having a car is required. For more information call Lydia at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley at 413-584-5690 Ext. 144 or email lvernon-jones@bcfcma.org

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your April vacation program, afterschool class, community event, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.


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March 22nd-28th, 2014

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Suggested Events for March 15th-21st, 2014

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in western Massachusetts, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

“Thank you [Hilltown Families] for the wonderful work you do. I’m impressed with your web site and all of the information you manage to get out there. You are an inspiration to all of us working to create and build programs that uplift society.” – MaryGrace Stewart (Academy Hill School, Springfield, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families… help us help you! Click HERE to find out more.

SUMMER CAMP

Summer Camps in Western Massachusetts

Add your summer camp/program to the list!

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Hilltown Families will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about our marketing package and early bird discounts HERE.

BULLETIN BOARD

Mar 16 & 30; Apr 3-May 29

Kathryn Roszko, a functional stoneware potter of CyclePottery in Hatfield, is offering an Adult Beginner Wheel Throwing class: 8 classes on Thurs. from 9-11am, Apr 3-May 29 (skipping Apr 24), w/open studio time on Sat. 2-4pm. Drop the kids off at school and enjoy some quiet, creative time for yourself making pottery! Interested in a Tues. class, same time? Contact Kathryn. Cost: $260. Includes 25 lb bag of clay, tools, glazes, firings & studio time. Also Parent/Child Workshops: Limited openings on Sun., Mar 16 & 30, 2-3:30pm. $25/pair for lesson + $10 for Kathryn to trim, glaze & fire work. See www.cyclepottery.com for more info, call 413-219-9594 or email kathryn@cyclepottery.com. 4 students max/class, allows for individualized attention!

Mar 22-23

March 21-23, IMA & Blazing Star Herbal School (BSHS) present Rock the Moon a spring “coming of age” gathering for girls 9-12 in Goshen, MA. Program includes musical activities & use of herbs to support well-being; activities focus on self-care & nourishment, creative self expression, and building healthy social networks & community. Tonya Lemos & Lisa Ganci of BSHS offer short hands-on workshops on making herbal self-care products & teas. Musicians Rebecca Lasaponaro, Megan Miller & Hannah Mohan of the band And the Kids will work with the girls on music-making & song writing that engenders a “rock & roll” attitude toward coming of age. Tuition: $250. Includes food, housing, & access to IMA’s instruments. More info: 413- 268-3074 www.ima.org

Mar-Apr

Farm Hands Preschool, located at Town Farm in Northampton, is hosting visiting days on Wednesdays throughout March and April. Please contact teacher/director Alya Stoffer Koloszyc at alya@thefarmeducationcollaborative.org to schedule a visit. Farm Hands is currently enrolling students ages 2-6yo to join a farm school family which consists of two classrooms, many chickens, two goats, two angora rabbits, and an infinite number of plants both cultivated and wild! Spend the days growing and preparing food, feeding and watering the animals, sledding, building, acting out original stories, and creating a democratic culture of care that keeps all community members feeling safe and heard. Learn more at www.thefarmeducationcollaborative.org.

Amherst Montessori School is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 year. Early education from 15 months – 6 years, Elementary education for grades 1-6. Join them in their beautiful new school in South Amherst for Montessori education that supports each child’s individual development. Music, art, Spanish language lessons and immersion, outdoor play, and a rich offering of afterschool programming enrich each student’s learning. AMS is a diverse and welcoming community. To learn more, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admission, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org, or go to www.amherstmontessori.org. Limited openings now in Toddler for immediate enrollment.

Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-13,June 30-July 4, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. Hilltown Journey Camp, boys & girls, 7-13, July 14-18, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, 11-18, July 28-July 31, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. Girls Week, 7-13, Aug. 4-8 & Aug. 11-15, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

One’s never too old, and rarely too young to study violin! Vicki Citron, experienced teacher of over 30 years, offers Suzuki violin lessons for ages 4 and up. Learn violin the way we learn language – through listening, imitation, and practice. Vicki understands different learning styles, has a passion for music and a love of children. She creates a positive environment where play and discipline are equally valued. Watch your child’s confidence and mastery grow through carefully prepared steps which guarantee success. Weekly private lessons and group classes in Shelburne. For more information: citronmusic.com, 413-625-6269 or citronmusic@gmail.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your April vacation program, afterschool class, community event, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

 The final Hilltown Families & Flywheel Saturday Morning Music Party takes place  on Saturday, March 15th at 10am! Come shake off your cabin fever with a pancake breakfast, screening of Pancake Mountain and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix! Oh, and did we mention… it’s FREE!!! Come to Flywheel for free pancakes, an episode of Pancake Mountain, and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix! The Saturday Morning Music Party events get families and kids of all ages engaged in their community through music and food. This event is free and open to all ages, making it a great opportunity to meet your fellow community members and make some new friends! Flywheel is located at 43 Main Street in Easthampton.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 15th-21st, 2014

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Berkshire Family Fun

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HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

LISTEN TO PODCAST:

Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 23rd & 24th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

Purim Events in Western MA, 2013

Not Your Grandparents' Shtel: Exploring Jewish Culture in Western Mass by Amy Meltzer

Purim in Western MA

One traditional delicacy that can almost always be found in a Purim basket are the three-cornered fruit-filled pastries known as Hamentashen (The word means Haman’s hat, and recalls Haman’s triangular shaped headdress.). Every year, my daughters and I bake several batches of the recipe that’s been handed down for generations in my family.

Jewish heroines in the Bible are few and far between. The upcoming holiday of Purim is unique amongst Jewish holidays in that two strong, independent women are at the heart of its story. Indeed, one of them saves the entire Jewish people from imminent destruction.

The story of Purim comes from the Bible, and is set in ancient Persia. Haman, an evil and egotistical minister of the King, concocts a plan to destroy all of the Jews in the empire because they refuse to bow down to him. Little does Haman know that the new queen, Esther, is herself a Jew. (Esther, incidentally, has replaced king’s first wife, Queen Vashti, who was banished for refusing to dance for the King and his drunk friends. Yay, Vashti!) After a series of plot twists and turns truly reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy, Esther bravely reveals her true identity to the king. The Jews are spared and Haman is destroyed instead. (Yay, Esther!) For a more detailed  version of the story, try Eric Kimmel’s picture book The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale or Queen Esther Saves Her People by Rita Gelman. For a tamer version (both picture books mention capital punishment, gallows-style) try the Shalom Sesame version on youtube.

The holiday of Purim has many rich and joyful traditions. Families gather in the synagogue on Purim eve (Saturday, February 23, 2013) where the story of Esther is recited aloud in Hebrew, from a scroll known as a megillah. During the reading it is customary to drown out Haman’s name each time it appears in the story with loud noisemakers known in yiddish as graggers. Adults and children wear costumes to the megillah reading; these disguises are a reminder that God’s miracles are often worked behind-the-scenes, or in disguise. Often the story of Purim is also acted out in a humorous skit known as a Purim shpiel. Other traditions include giving gifts to the poor and exchanging baskets of food with friends and neighbors.

One traditional delicacy that can almost always be found in a Purim basket are the three-cornered fruit-filled pastries known as Hamentashen (The word means Haman’s hat, and recalls Haman’s triangular shaped headdress.). Every year, my daughters and I bake several batches of the recipe that’s  been handed down for generations in my family. My mother, whom my girls call Bubbe, yiddish for grandmother, used to make them with her Bubbe in her kitchen in Boro Park, Brooklyn.  Here’s the recipe – they are, quite honestly, the best hamentashen I’ve ever eaten.

Hamentashen

  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3 c flour (start with 2.5 cups and slowly add the last half cup as needed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs. Mix. Add the dry ingredients. (Sometimes I need to use my hands to get it thoroughly mixed.) Form a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Prune Filling  (my great- grandmother’s specialty): 1/2 lb pitted prunes soaked overnight in water (about an inch higher than the prunes), cook with a little sugar and cinnamon until very soft. Mash to break up the prunes. (I sometimes puree it with an immersion blender, but it’s not necessary.) Squeeze in a little lemon to taste.

Roll the dough, and cut out circles ~3” diameter (I use a drinking class for this.) To see how to fill and fold the pastries, watch this video from Shalom Sesame, made by the Sesame Street Workshop. (Folding starts at around 2:00, but the whole video is worth watching.)

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown around the edges.

PURIM EVENTS IN WESTERN MA

Here’s a round up of Purim events in Western Massachusetts. Hope to see you at one or more!

Friday, February 22 at 11am
During Purim, it is a tradition to send gifts and food to neighbors!  Learn about this tradition – called mishloach manot – with Lander Grinspoon Academy kindergarten teacher Amy Meltzer, while reading stories, singing songs, and doing crafts.  For pre-school aged children and their caregivers. 257 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, February 22 at 5:30pm
“A Night at the Temple —The Marx Brothers Purimshpiel.” Shabbat services, community dinner, and Purimshpiel! RSVP for dinner by Tuesday, Feb. 19th. Temple Anshe Amunim. 413-442-5910. 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, February 23rd from 9-10am
Purim Episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show airs on 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA). Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim as a guest DJ with a fun mix of songs like “I Ate Too Many Hamantashen” by Mindy Kornberg, Mama Doni’s original tunes “Kooky Cookie,” “Hey Man, You’re Acting Like Haman,” to Andy Statman & Bella Fleck’s beautiful instrumental, “Purim.” Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength like “I Will Survive” and Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley. As always, special guest appearances from Mama Doni’s own children who share their favorite  thing sbaout Purim! This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy, to the history and traditions of this Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg. Encore airs on Sunday, February 24th from 7-8am.  Podcast and playlist available here on www.HilltownFamilies.org immediately following Saturday’s broadcast.

Saturday, February 23rd from 5-6pm
Havdalah and Festive Megillah Reading. Temple Anshe Amunim. 413-442-5910. 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 23rd at 6pm
Megillah reading, Purim shpiel and dance. Greenfield Temple Israel. 413-773-5884. 27 Pierce St.  Greenfield, MA

Saturday, February 23 from 6:15pm-8:30ish
Purim Circus Party with Megillah Reading. This family-oriented Purim Party will include a megillah reading interspersed with loony entertainment.  The party will include a rockin’ band, amazing jugglers, poi-spinners, walk-around magic, a joke contest and a costume parade.  Refreshments will be served.  Adults and kids please come in costume. 413-584-3593. Congregation B’nai Israel. 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 23 at 6:30pm
Mask-making and Purimspiel. At 6:30, join Congregation Beth Israel to decorate masks (for those who don’t have costumes — or those who do!), and at 7 transition into enjoying a Purim Play, which will feature a creative and fun retelling of the Purim story along with a few verses from the megillah. All ages welcome! Dessert will follow the Purimspiel — feel free to bring cookies if you have some to share. Congregation Beth Israel. 53 Lois Street. North Adams, MA (Free)

Saturday February 23 at 6:30pm
Megillah Reading. Costume Parade & Family Friendly Frolick from 6:30pm.  Megillah reading primarily in Hebrew for adults begins at 7:15pm.  Bring your own grogger, noisemaker or box of macaroni to shake. Open to the community. At the Jewish Community of Amherst. 413-256-0160. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 23 at 7:45pm
Community Purim Celebration. Come one, come all to a Purim masquerade!  Put your best face on ‘cuz there will be prizes for creative costumes. Hear the megillah, snack on delicious (and kid-friendly) hors d’ouvres, and be amazed by Tomm Magician.  Havdala at 7:45pm, Megillah at 8pm, followed by the magic show. Sponsored by Chabad House in Amherst, MA.   413-549-4803. Event held at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 9. Hadley, MA ($$)

Saturday, February 23rd from 6-8pm
Purimspiel Beach Boy Style. Everyone is welcome to celebrate Purim Beach Boy Style! Dig out your Hawaiian shirts and join in for a fun evening. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire. 413-528-6378. 270 State Road. Great Barrington, MA (Free)

Sunday, February 24th from 11am-1pm
Purim Carnival.  Dress like a queen, twirl a grogger, nibble a hamantashen.  Playful and educational activity booths for ages 3-12.  Attendees who come in costume, bring BoxTops for Education, or bring food for the Amherst Survival Center will receive an extra shekel for prizes.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds go to the JCA Children’s Fund. At the Jewish Community of Amherst. 413-256-0160. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, February 24th at 11:30am
Purim Carnival Hollywood. Join in for JCC Goes Hollywood at the annual community-wide Purim Carnival.  Come dressed in costume and enjoy inflatables, games, prizes, food and more. Springfield JCC. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA (>$)

Sunday, February 24th from 3:30-5:30pm
Purim Justice Fair. This family-oriented Purim Festival is for all ages.  Festivities will include spirited singing, interactive games and booths including facepainting, bingo, palm reading, blackjack, bowling and ring-toss.  All proceeds from the event will go to support local and international social justice and environmental causes.  Please bring canned food for a sculpture activity with all food being donated to the Northampton Survival Center.  Bring some homemade hamantaschen to share if you want to take part in our hamantaschen bake-off contest and, by all means, come in costume. Beit Ahavah. 130 Pine Street (in Florence Congregational Church). Florence, MA (>$)

Sunday, February 24th at 4:30pm
Purim, Chabad Style.  Come one, come all! Let the blessings flow (and the wine!) Fun for the whole family. Come in costume. 4:30pm – Megillah Reading. 5pm – Delicious Purim Seudah Meal. Drop in, the party never stops. Chabad of Northampton. 81 Milton Street. Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 5th from 10:30-11:30am
PJ Pals -Purim celebration for young children (ages 1-5) and their parents/caregivers. Held at The Church On The Hill Chapel. 413-442-4360 x14. 55 Main Street. Lenox, MA.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Meltzer

Amy is a Kindergarten teacher at Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, and the author of two children’s books, A Mezuzah on the Door, and The Shabbat Princess. She writes the blog Homeshuling for Beliefnet, and a monthly column for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com. Amy lives in Northampton, MA with her husband and two daughters.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Joshua Bousel]

Suggested Events for March 3rd-9th, 2012

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Spring Bulb and Flower shows begin this weekend at Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden in South Hadley, and Smith College Lyman Conservatory in Northampton, MA. These annual harbingers of spring are excellent community based educational opportunities to supplement your child's interest and studies in botany. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30am, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will perform a family concert at The First Churches in Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-3pm in Hampshire Co. – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Family Day at the Smith College Museum of Art today! Explore the galleries and enjoy hands-on art and music making! A trip to the museum can teach kids about art within a family-friendly setting. 413-585-2760. Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 3rd from 10:30am-12noon in Franklin Co.CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle is hosting a cooking class for budding chefs!  Kids can learn to cook something special, and will learn about the science behind what they’re eating!  Registration required.  413-665-1277.  Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm in Berkshire Co.FARM ADVENTURE: Sheep Hill’s annual winter open house takes place today!  Hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, the event will include snowshoeing (if there’s snow), an animal tracking workshop, an eco-hike, crafts, and maple treats to celebrate the beginning of maple season!  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, March 4th from 10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

Also on Sunday, March 4th from 10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show is also happening! Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  Visit their greenhouse too to see their living collections, including a live chocolate plant! 413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Family concert with UNCLE ROCK at Flywheel in Easthampton on Saturday, March 10th at 10am. Free pancakes before the concert, and then a rockin' good time for the whole family with Uncle Rock! (>$) Presented by Hilltown Families, No Nap Happy Hour Series and Flywheel.

Saturday, March 10th from 11am-2pm – MAPLEFEST: Bring the family to visit a working sugar house, bottling of maple syrup, assist in tapping maple trees and gathering the sap, and enjoy fresh syrup on delicious pancakes at Hopkins Forest.  Kids can see how demos of old-time methods of evaporation used in precolonial times and learn about the history of maple sugaring in exhibit and displays. Junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road. 413-597-4277. Williamstown, MA  (FREE)

Saturday, March 10th from 9:30am-4pm – SHEEP SHEARING: 24th Annual Shearing Day Festival at the Winterberry Farm.  Shearing between 10:30a-1:30p, spinning/weaving demos, Border collie demos, workshops, food and felting. 413-548-3940. 21  Teawaddle Hill Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)

Sunday, March 11th from 3-6pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Parents Center is hosting a Family Fun Night!  There will be a performance from local hero children’s musician Mister G, and families are asked to bring a dish to share at the dinner potluck.  There will be fun activities for kids and a chance to socialize with friends new and old!  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

SUMMER CIRCUS ARTS CAMP: SHOW Circus Studio announces three rings of Circus Summer Camp for children ages 6-15 this August in Easthampton: Aug 6-10, 13-17 & 20-24. These three week-long camps will run from 9am-3pm each day and will cover all aspects of circus including trapeze, fabric, juggling, balancing, acrobatics, partnering, human pyramids, stretching, strength, & circus games/activities. Each week of camp will end with a performance for friends & family on the last day. A great way to spend your summer! Cost: $250/week. For registration & more information please visit: www.showcircusstudio.com/Programs.html & click on Circus Camps.

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HILLTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL: Hilltown Arts Alive is having the Second Annual Hilltown Arts Festival Saturday July 14, 2012 from 10-4 on the Green along Rt. 112 in Worthington. Artists & artisans are invited to apply and/or get information about participating. The fee is modest to have a 12′ X 12′ space. In addition the local church will run a Country Fair, Plein-Air Artists will be painting in town and selling their work at a silent auction, Hilltown Artisans Guild will have  an Art Sale at the Town Hall and local musicians will be playing at an open Mike. At night there will be a Cabaret at the Historical Society. Please contact Natalie Stafford-Festival Chair at 413-238-0192 or staffordnatalie@gmail.com by April 1st.

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission writes: “Did You Know? Bay State Bike Week is getting bigger every year. 18 communities hosted events in 2011 (up from 13 communities in 2010). Despite the rainy weather, there were 970 riders participating in the week’s events. Biking instead of driving improves air and water quality in our region and reduces greenhouse gas emissions—and it’s good for you, too!  Plan ahead for this year’s Bay State Bike Week in May. All events will be posted at www.baystatebikeweek.org by the end of April. Check the website, pencil local events into your calendar, and come out and ride. Also, consider making a belated New Year’s resolution to ride your bike at least once a month—or perhaps once a week—this year.  For more info contact the PVPC at 413-781-6045.”

Steve Damon writes: “It’s Maple Sugaring Time!  The Massachusetts Maple Producers have published their 2nd Annual Maple Passport.  Collect signatures of Mass Maple members and be entered into the drawing for pure maple: www.massmaple.org/2012passport.pdf


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Purim Events in Western MA

Not Your Grandparents' Shtel: Exploring Jewish Culture in Western Mass by Amy Meltzer

Purim in Western MA

Jewish heroines in the Bible are few and far between. The upcoming holiday of Purim is unique amongst Jewish holidays in that strong, independent women are at the core of the story – one of them even saves the entire Jewish people from imminent destruction. The story of Purim comes from the Bible, and takes place in ancient Persia. An evil minister of King Achasverosh concocts a plan to destroy all of the Jews in the empire because they refuse to bow down to him. Little does Haman know that the new queen, Esther, is herself a Jew. Esther has replaced Achashverosh’s first wife, Queen Vashti, who was banished for refusing to dance for the King and his drunk friends (Yay, Vashit!). After a series of plot twists and turns truly reminiscent of a Shakesperean comedy, Esther saves her people and Haman is destroyed instead. (For a great picture book version of the story, try Eric Kimmel’s The Story of Esther, which came out last year. You can also hear him read it aloud here:

The holiday of Purim has many rich and joyful traditions. Families gather in the synagogue on Purim eve (Wednesday, March 7, 2012) where the story of Esther is recited aloud in Hebrew, from a scroll known as a megillah. During the reading it is customary to drown out Haman’s name each time it appears in the story with loud noisemakers known in yiddish as graggers. Adults and children wear costumes to the megillah reading; these disguises are a reminder that God’s miracles are often worked behind-the-scenes, or in disguise. Often the story of Purim is also acted out in a humorous skit known as a Purim shpiel. Other traditions include giving gifts to the poor and exchanging baskets of food with friends and neighbors (John McCain once inaccurately referred to Purim as the Jewish Halloween, presumably because of the costumes and treats. Amongst the many difference is that children arrive at their neighbors’ doors offering treats rather than demanding them!).

One traditional delicacy that can almost always be found in a Purim basket are the three-cornered fruit-filled pastries known as Hamentashen. (The word means Haman’s hat, and recalls Haman’s triangular shaped headdress.) Every year, my daughters and I bake several batches of the recipe that’s  been handed down for generations in my family. My mother, whom my girls call Bubbe, yiddish for grandmother, used to make them with her Bubbe in her kitchen in Boro Park, Brooklyn.  Here’s the recipe – they are, quite honestly, the best hamentashen I’ve ever eaten.

Hamentashen

Dough Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar

Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs. Mix. Add the dry ingredients (Sometimes I need to use my hands to get it thoroughly mixed.). Form a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Prune Filling  (my great- grandmother’s specialty):  ½ lb pitted prunes soaked overnight in water (about an inch higher than the prunes) then cook with a little sugar and cinnamon until very soft. Mash to break up the prunes (I sometimes puree it with an immersion blender, but it’s not necessary.).  Squeeze in a little lemon to taste.

Roll the dough, and cut out circles ~3” diameter (I use a drinking class for this.). To see how to fill and fold the pastries, watch this video from Shalom Sesame, made by the Sesame Street Workshop (Folding starts at around 2 minutes, but the whole video is worth watching.).

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown around the edges.

PURIM EVENTS IN WESTERN MA

Here’s a round up of Purim events in Western Massachusetts. Hope to see you at one or more!

Friday, March 2nd at 5:30pm — “Purim Shpiel,” the annual presentation by Temple Anshe Amunim’s “Broad Street Players.”  This year’s theme is “A Purim Home Companion,” a parody of the public radio hit program, “A Prairie Home Companion.”  The production, under the direction of temple music director Alan Gold, will include klezmer and other music from local musicians and takeoffs on “Home Companion” staples such as the “Powder Milk Bisquit Song” and “The News from Lake Wobegone” (which will tell the Purim story.).  The show follows the Friday night shabbat service, and includes a pizza and hamentashen dinner.  Call 413-442-5910 for dinner reservations. 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, March 3rd from 4-5:30pm — PJ Havdallah at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires, will host a PJ Havdallah Service for children 8 and younger with siblings invited.  The program will feature the theme of Purim. The service, which is co-sponsored by the PJ Library, will feature a cozy Jewish story time as well as crafts and snacks followed by a brief Havdallah ritual.  Pajamas and stuffed animal friends encouraged as is an RSVP.  For further information, please call 413-528-6378 or email hevreh.temple@verizon.net. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington, MA(Free)

Sunday, March 4th from 11am-4pm —Join the National Yiddish Book Center for hamantashen, a costume contest, interactive workshop, and a lively performance of the story of Purim! “Esther: A One-Act Opera” begins at 2PM, with an upbeat score, juggling, dancing, and wry, poignant lyrics that recount the story of Purim for the whole family.  Come at noon and attend an interactive drama workshop led by Leslie Elias, artistic director of Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater. Dance, sing, and parade in a Purim Pageant adorned in festive masks and costumes. Free, pre-registration suggested. www.yiddishbookcenter.org. National Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Monday, March 5th from 10:30-11:30am — PJ Pal: Purim celebration for young children (ages 1-5) and their parents/caregivers. contact Susan Frisch Lehrer, 413-442-4360, Ext. 14, jfb.volunteer@verizon.net. Held at The Church On The Hill Chapel, 55 Main St., Lenox, MA

Wednesday, March 7th from 5-7:15pm — Purim at JCA: 5-6:30 Purim activities, story and family service – make a grogger, design a mask, prepare your shpeil and enjoy a pizza dinner; 6:30-7:15 Family service: bring your own grogger, noisemaker, or box of macaroni to shake! Start with a costume parade, read the megillah, and do some shpeiling. contact the Jewish Community of Amherst at 413-256-0160 or http://www.j-c-a.org. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA (Free)

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30pm — Megilla Reading: Family program with musician and puppeteer Felicia Sloin. Contact Information: CBI religious school 413-584-3593 ext 203. Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (Free)

Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm — Chabad House Family Purim Party! Megillah reading, costume party, yummy refreshments including hamantashen, entertainment and prizes for children. march 7th 7pm Chabad House Family Purim Party! contact: Yocheved Adelman 413-549-8749 Holiday Inn Express Route 9. Hadley, MA (Free)

Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm  — Purim service at Temple Anshe Amunim, highlighted by Rabbi Josh Breindel’ comic reading of the megillah. Call 413-442-5910. 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA (Free)

Wednesday, March 7th from 7-8pm — Purim shpiel…with Puppets! Our annual celebration of the festival of Purim. We’ll host a play which tells the Purim story; come in costume, make noise with your graggers when Haman is mentioned, eat hamentashen, and make merry! This year’s spiel will be performed by puppets made by several CBI members and friends. www.cbiweb.org Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois Street, North Adams, MA (Free)

Friday, March 9th at 6pm — Beit Ahavah Purim Megillah Reading and Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske contact 587-3770  for information www.beitahavah.org 130 Pine St. Florence, MA (Free)

Sunday, March 11th from 10:30am-12:30pm  —Purim Carnival at JCA- Dress like a queen, twirl a gragger, nibble a hamantashen! Playful and educational activity booths for ages 3-12. Attendees who come in costume, bring Box Tops for Education, or bring food for the Amherst Survival Center will receive an extra shekel for prizes. Refreshments available at additional cost. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, contact The Jewish Community of Amherst at 413-256-0160 or www.j-c-a.org  742 Main Street. Amherst, MA ($)

Sunday, March 11th from 11:30am-1:30pm — Purim Carnival: Celebrate Purim with games, prizes, hamentashen and costumes Everyone is welcome Contact Information. CBI religious school 413-584-3593 ext 203 Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (Free)

Sunday, March 11th from 3:30-5:30pm — Beit Ahavah Community School and Purim Justice Fair! – Games, music and the famous Hamantashen Bake-Off Contest – Bring a tray of your favorite treats. Proceeds to support your favorite Tzedakah organizations.  130 Pine Street, Florence, MA (>$)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Meltzer

Amy is a Kindergarten teacher at Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, and the author of two children’s books, A Mezuzah on the Door, and The Shabbat Princess. She writes the blog Homeshuling for Beliefnet, and a monthly column for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com. Amy lives in Northampton, MA with her husband and two daughters.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Joshua Bousel]

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