5 Ways To Celebrate Purim @ the J

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Posted by: Rene Alvarez

Purim starts tonight, have you made your triangle-shaped foods? Got your costumes ready? Planned out your mishloach manot (sending portions to one another) and mattanot la-evyonim (gifts to the poor)? Saved the Jewish people from Haman? No? Well, we're here to help!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Purim with the J.

>> Make last-minute hamantaschen with Laykie's Hamantashen Hack!

OY VEI - the baking powder, salt, sugar, refridgerating... who has time for that?
Make some quick hamantaschen with Laykie of Laykie's Gourmet Cafe, all you need is:

  • Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 C Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1/4 C Oil
  • Fillings of your choice

Watch the instructions with Laykie here!

>> Practice mattanot la-evyonim three ways!

Charity is one of the many amazing practices of Purim, so before you drink too much to tell the difference between arur Haman (cursed is Haman) and baruch Mordechai (blessed is Mordechai), check out these opportunities!

Volunteer with Meals on Wheels (Bonus: You get to see the Planter's NUTmobile!)

The NUTmobile will be at the J tomorrow to help deliver meals on wheels - and you can too! Sign up to volunteer here. 

(We also have Spring Break Meals On Wheels Volunteering for families - Sign up now!)

Get your last minute tickets to Children's Scholarship Ball, bid on some of the silent auction items, or purchase raffle tickets!

A night of laughs, cocktails, a silent auction, raffle... Emmy Award-Winning producer Andy Cohen, plus you can feel good about donating to children's scholarships! Scholarship ball is THIS SATURDAY, February 27!

Can't wait, want to celebrate now? Check out the silent virtual auction and start bidding! From restaurants to H-E-B gift cards, toys and music lessons to sports memorabilia - There's something for everyone!

MORE, you say? There's also raffle tickets for sale now! You could win:

  • $1,500 towards J Camps 2021
  • $10,000 to Zadok Jewelers

Proceeds from the Ball benefit the Irvin Kaplan Children's Scholarship Fund. Each year more than 300 children are the recipients of the proceeds of this event - children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in need of financial assistance for infant care, preschool, summer camp and special needs programs. 

Hit up some valentine's day clearance and bring NEW stuffed toys to our Houston Jewish Film Festival Stuffed Toy Drive!

As part of Houston Jewish Film Festival, we will be showing the film When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. In the film, nine-year-old Anna must flee Berlin to avoid the Nazi’s, and she must leave behind her beloved pink rabbit.
We believe no child should have to face difficult challenges without something to bring them comfort; therefore, we will be collecting NEW stuffed animals to provide to the children at the Children’s Assessment Center from February 23 to March 5. Boxes will be at the front desk of the J, Bertha Alyce, West Houston, and the Tennis Center.

>> Join the last event of Vashti's Virtual Banquet with Rabbi Samantha Safran!

Learning is ALWAYS a good thing. Purim is all about phenomenal women, and you can learn about some more with Rabbi Samantha tomorrow!

Join Rabbi Samantha Safran on Friday at 12:30 PM for Female Rabbis Who Made History. Email Judy Weil to RSVP at


Chag Purim Sameach from the J!

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