Enduring Understandings:

You will understand that...

  • Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.

  • Jewish life is best lived in community.

  • The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.

Essential Questions:

What do you think?

  • What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?

  • How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?

I know the symbols and ritual items used on Purim

Click on each holiday symbol below to find out what it is. Do you know when we use each of these symbols? Do you know what they symbolize?


Create a Purim symbol book with pictures and/or drawings of each symbol and the name of each symbol


I can put the parts of the story of Purim in the correct order

The Purim story is an amazing tale of bravery and courage. Check out this video of the Purim story and then challenge yourself to put the story in the correct order.

Click to download and print our Holiday story flashcards. Just cut them out, mix them up and see if you can put them in the right order.


I can use the Hebrew names of the holiday

Purim means "lots". Not as in, "I ate lots of cookies", but as in "casting lots." To cast lots means to make a decision. We call this holiday Purim or "casting lots" because it was on this day that Haman cast lots and decided the day on which he would punish all the Jews for not bowing down to him.

Click to download and print our Holiday name flashcards. Just cut and fold them to practice at home!


Create Purim Mishloach Manot cards using the correct name of the holiday in Hebrew.

I can match Purim with its appropriate season

Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which falls in late winter/early spring (usually around March). It is one of the happiest holidays we celebrate and its comes just in time. After a long dark winter we need a little joy and celebration to prepare us for the re-birth of spring.

Create a nature collage celebrating Purim and its season.

I can recite the Purim b’rachot (blessings)

There aren't many special blessings that we all say on Purim but there are lots of great Purim songs. Listen to a few below.

Listen to these Purim songs below and try to sing along.

I can identify the rituals that we do on Purim

Purim is so much fun. We dress up in funny costumes, eat hamantaschen, send gifts called mishloach manot and hear the story of Esther from the megillah - the scroll of Esther.

Watch the video below to learn how to make hamantaschen.

Watch the video below to learn how to make mishloach manot.

Watch the video below to learn all about the megillah.

Create your own video teaching about the rituals and symbols of Purim.

I can hypothesize about the values associated with Purim based on the holiday story

Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Think about all that you've learned about Purim. What values do you think are important for these holidays? What values to these holidays inspire us to act on? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.

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