Photo Essay: Learning About Purim From The Outside In
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Photo Essay: Learning About Purim From The Outside In

In a class with only three Jewish kids, a morning of multicultural hamentaschen-making and a purim spiel.

Amy Sara Clark writes about politics and education. A Columbia Journalism School graduate, she's worked at CBS News, The Journal News, The Jersey Journal, Mom365, JTA and Prospect Heights Patch. She comes to journalism from academia where she earned a master's degree in European History with a focus on Vichy France.

Most of Max Goldberg's classmates didn't know much about Purim. So his parents spent a morning at the Upper West Side's Columbus Preschool, introducing the children to the finer points of hamantaschen making and leading the teachers through a pared-down Purim spiel. Photos courtesy of Two Cats Productions.

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Andrew Goldberg, Max's father, wrote the spiel.

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And the teachers jumped right in.

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Then the students practiced folding techniques on paper plates.

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Children had their choice of fillings: chocolate chips and raspberry or apricot jam.

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Teachers tried their hand as well.

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Seventeen kids, two parents and four teachers make for a lot of cookies.

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But there are never too many.

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Students took the enterprise seriously.

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And worked carefully.

The effort was worth it.

Max's father told the students that because the cookies represent Haman's hat, they were "in a sense, sort of eating the bad guy." "They got a kick out of that," he said.

Next year in Kindergarten.

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