Photo Essay: Learning About Purim From The Outside In

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.


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


And the teachers jumped right in.


Then the students practiced folding techniques on paper plates.


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


Teachers tried their hand as well.


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


But there are never too many.


Students took the enterprise seriously.


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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