“The joy of Purim commemorates the survival of the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate them in ancient Persia, as recorded in the Megillah, the Book of Esther. But the joy goes beyond the events of ancient times. Jews have survived over and over again, in a world where the odds have been against them. At Hamentaschen for Hunger, a new event Congregation Anshei Israel held on Feb. 26, 82 adults and children came together to share the joy of the holiday and also to help those in need. Proceeds from the event fees will be divided among the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Leket Israel (Israel’s national food
bank) and CAI’s youth programs, thereby helping others to survive and encouraging Jewish youth to continue a Jewish life.
Participants rolled out and filled dough to make hamantaschen, traditional tri-cornered Purim pastries, which were taken home to be baked. Fillings at Anshei Israel included berries, chocolate and lemon. The pastries are named for Haman, the chief villain of the Purim story, and some interpretations say their shape represents his ears or his hat. Participants also decorated shalach manot, gift bags to fill with food for family and friends, and created Purim greeting cards. Anshei Israel’s Rabbi Robert Eisen came up with the event, incorporating several Jewish concepts: Jewish food, tzedakah (charity), family, friends and the traditions of Purim…
Ken Morris and his 4-year-old son, Asher, were decorating shalach m
anot bags after making hamantaschen. “This is an absolutely great way to get the kids interested in Purim,” Morris said. His wife, Nicole Zuckerman-Morris, and their 6-year-old daughter, Chloe, also attended.”
- Excerpted from azjewishpost.com