This event was broadcast on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
Chag Purim Sameach!
We are so excited to be hosting our second virtual children’s service—a virtual Purim Pajama Party! There are many fun traditions and activities attached to this holiday, like making hamantaschen, performing a Purimshpiel, and dressing up. This year, we will be wearing pajamas! But there are also very serious themes and life lessons to consider, such as antisemitism, courage, trust, and discerning God’s will.
Put on your coolest, coziest PJs—parents and children!—grab a hamantaschen or two, and enjoy the show.
You will need the following:
- Any sized paper plate (white if you want to color it; already decorated if you do not)
- Any small, hard item that will make a loud noise. Options:
- Dry, hard beans (not from the can! Oy!)
- Whole coffee beans (the best smelling choice)
- Trail mix (remove the M&Ms, chocolate chips, or anything that melts)
- Rice (uncooked!)
- Small-to-medium-sized bells
- Get creative!
- Hot glue gun, stapler, or tape (best option for bigger plates; parents please supervise. Regular glue might work, too, depending on how strong the paper plate is.)
- Coloring markers and pencils for decorating
Hamentasch is a special three-sided cookie eaten during Purim. The cookies resemble Haman’s hat, which Jewish people eat to destroy the memory of what he tried to do to them.
Poppy Seed Filling Ingredients:
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup poppy seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces sweet butter (softened)
- zest of 1 lemon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs (for the egg wash)
Directions for filling:
- Put the milk, orange juice, sugar, and zest in a saucepan and cook over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
- Take the poppy seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder until the seeds are a powder.
- Take the poppy seed powder and raisins and simmer in the milk mixture for 15 minutes making sure to stir the mixture frequently.
- Add the lemon juice and seasonings and mix thoroughly.
- Remove the mixture from the saucepan and place in a bowl and let cool in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Directions for Dough:
- Place the egg yolks and sugar in a food processor and mix well.
- Add the butter and lemon zest and mix gently.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt slowly while you pulsate the processor until it forms a ball.
- Preheat oven to 360°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Take the dough and cut in half and place it on a surface with enough flour so the dough will not stick.
- Roll the dough to a ¼ inch thickness.
- Take a circle cookie cutter (3 inches in diameter) and cut out your hamantaschen cookie and place on parchment paper on cookie sheet.
- Place a tablespoon of the poppy seed mixture in the middle of the cookie dough and fold the sides to form a tri-fold cookie.
- Brush the top of each cookie with the beaten eggs.
- Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 14-18 minutes, being careful not to burn the edges.
- Place the cookies on a wire rack and let cool.
Yield: 16-20 cookies