And Esther sent word to Mordechai: "Go and assemble the Jews of Shushan and fast on my behalf. Do not eat or drink for three days. I and my maidens will fast too. Then I shall go to the king, though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. ~ Esther 4:15-16
The story of Purim is found in the biblical book, M'gillat Ester ("The Scroll of Esther"). Set in ancient Persia, in the capital city of Shushan, the story of Purim focuses the plot of the King Achaverosh's advisor, Haman, to destroy the Jews.
The heroine of the story is Queen Esther. When the Jews were under threat of death, Mordechai (Esther's uncle) convinced Esther that she needed to reveal her Jewish identity to the king and petition the king for the safety of the Jews. Due to the bravery of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, the Jewish people were saved.
Today, Purim is one of the most festive holidays of the Jewish calendar. The m'gillah (scroll) is read aloud, Haman's name is drowned out each time with noisemakers, and many adults and children are dressed in costumes and masks. Festives meals are enjoyed with family and friends in the late afternoon of Purim.

Purim materials that can be downloaded and printed:
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Purim Vocabulary

Nine pages of vocabulary flashcards.

A Purim story from Israel

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These jpgs are fun classroom displays. It's a great way to review Purim vocabulary. Need help creating a wordle. Give us a call.

Purim - SmartBoard Activities

If you have a SmartBoard, this file contains various SmartBoard activities that can be used in the primary classroom, including the Purim story, matching, fun facts and more.

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Purim Puzzle Cut Apart

Cut the strips apart and have your students put the puzzle back together. Read the Purim phrase.

Mem Poster

This poster reviews for the four Purim mitzvot in Hebrew.

Al HaNissim Poster

Review Al HaNissim with your students with this poster.

Purim Puzzles

Review Purim vocabulary with your students.

Purim QRs

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Purim Bibliography

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