Purim

The Maccabeats: Purim shpiel with Obama and friends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2013

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

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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

INGREDIENTS
300g semolina

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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.

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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

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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.

Ingredients
● 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

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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.

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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.

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Men of spiel

February 23, 2012

Sinai Synagogue youth club in Leeds won RSY-Netzer's annual Purim spiel-off with a skit mixing the nature series Frozen Planet with the sleuthing of Sherlock Holmes.

Nine Reform synagogues contested the challenge of talent and wit, held in Golders Green.

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Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.

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Purim 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

All the pictures from this year's festival

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