Why the Purim story is one for the ages

By Simon Rocker, March 23, 2016

Purim is the joker in the pack of Jewish festivals. It is the closest we get to carnival, with the fancy dress, the mayhem of the megillah reading, the alcohol – it’s a mitzvah to get tipsy if not paralytic – and the Purim spiels.


Purim spiels from the past - which stories caught you out?

By Jessica Weinstein, March 23, 2016

It’s Purim, and with that comes the traditional JC Purim spiel.

Now we know a fair few of you were (almost) caught out by this year’s story, revealing that British astronaut Tim Peake has a mezuzah attached to his sleeping booth on board the International Space Station.


Purim recipes - a round-up

By Jessica Weinstein, March 22, 2016

Purim is a tricky festival to cater for. You want to celebrate, but beyond hamantashen it's hard to think of anything else distinctly 'Purimy' to put out for your guests.

We've gone back through our archive of Purim recipes to help you celebrate in style, so enjoy our edible masks, range of savoury snacks, and, naturally, the best hamantashen recipe around.


Drinking driver's purim cheer

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2016

New North London Synagogue member Paul Harris recalled this week an occasion when he was on duty as a court solicitor and a man in Orthodox dress appeared.

"I've been charged with drink-driving," said the man. "But it wasn't my fault. It was a religious festival."

"That wouldn't be Purim," asked the lawyer. "Baruch Hashem!" said the man. "The Almighty has sent a Jew to save me."


In Iran, a Purim prank can land you in prison

By Josh Jackman, March 18, 2016

Two Jewish teenagers have been arrested after spray-painting “Death to Haman” on a building in Tehran ahead of Purim.

Police have not yet released the 17-year-old boys, despite being told it was a prank.

Shushan, where the Story of Esther took place, is traditionally understood to have been located where the city of Hamadan currently lies around 170 miles to the west of Tehran.


Purim in Glasgow

By Cathy Forman, March 23, 2015


Campus Notebook: March 13, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2015

If you build it…

Students at Nottingham University enjoyed a Purim party of thrills and spills thanks to their handy chaplain who built them their own indoor rollercoaster.

At the Willie Wonka-themed celebration, students enjoyed a boat-shaped ride manned by “oompa loompas” that took them on a tour of a cardboard cut-out chocolate factory.


Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.


My Purim film, starring Madonna and Bar Refaeli

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 21, 2014

In the desire to fill my column with positive Jews’ stories (in the face of so many miserable ones) I see that Purim rated very favourably in the secular awareness count this year.