How to make hamantashen for Purim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2013

A simple recipe in time for Purim.


Queen Esther and the flap of a butterfly’s wing

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, February 21, 2013

In the summer of 1666, the English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton is said to have pondered the falling of an apple while in the gardens of Woolsthorpe Manor, his family home in Lincolnshire. This apocryphal story describes the seminal moment which prompted him to realise that there must be a force acting on the apple which draws it to the centre of the earth.


Truly unbelievable

February 21, 2013

Traditionally, Purim is a time for inviting people to believe the unbelievable. As is so often the case, this week provides a rich crop of stories which have that "good grief, can that really be true?" factor.


The Maccabeats: Purim shpiel with Obama and friends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2013

A Purim mash-up from the kings of Jewish pop.


Libyan Safra for Purim

By Silvia Nacamulli, February 21, 2013

Safra, also called sefra, is an aromatic semolina dessert from the Jewish community of Tripoli, Libya, and a fun Purim treat. Rome’s cuisine benefited when the Libyan Jews found refuge in Italy in 1967. The honey and orange glazing give a rich flavour and adds a lovely sheen to the almond and sesame seed topping.

Preparation time: 50 minutes
Makes 20 approx

300g semolina


Rabbi meets Cuban Jewish prisoner

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

A humanitarian delegation to Havana has met the man serving a 15-year sentence for providing Cuban Jews with computer equipment.

New York rabbi Arthur Schneier, from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, urged Cuban officials to release Alan Gross.


The Maccabeats do Purim: Raise Your Glass

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

Remember the Maccabeats' Chanucah version of Candlelight. Well, the band from New York are back with a song for Purim, to the of Pink's hit Raise Your Glass.

Full coverage of Purim here


Recipe: Purim masks

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, March 5, 2012

Children will love making and eating these, but be careful - the masks will break if you try to wear them. A real mask is useful as a template. Makes 6.

● 100g butter, softened
● 100g caster sugar
● 1 large egg, beaten
● 200g plain flour
● ½ tsp baking powder
● ½ tsp vanilla essence
● Sugar paste, white or coloured


The Book of Purim

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

The Book of Mormon, created by the team behind South Park, has been one of the biggest success stories in Broadway's history. In time for Purim, watch the Jewish version.


Why women are raising their voices on Purim

By Lindsay Simmonds, March 1, 2012

Women's Megillah readings have become increasingly popular over the past decade, reflecting the growing interest of women in their religious development. I know of at least half a dozen that will take place next week in United Synagogue communities at Purim including Radlett, Borehamwood and Muswell Hill.