Chabad Jewish Center will host a baking class Monday, March 3.
Students will learn how to make Hamentashen pastries, while also learning about Queen Esther, the ultimate sacrifice and her contribution to today’s women, a press release stated. The lesson will include tips on how to ensure the corners stay closed. All the ingredients and equipment will be provided to ensure that students leave with a basket filled with a Hamentashen, as well as tips and recipes on the art of Hamentashen baking.
Hamentashen pastries are a traditional Purim treat. A Hamantash is a three-cornered cookie with a hidden filling. Traditional fillings are poppy seeds or prune, but they are made with many different flavors, including date paste or apricot jam. For a Hamantash recipe, visit http://www.JewishTahoe.com/1366.
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on Feb. 27 and ends at nightfall on Feb. 28. The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” The name of the holiday, Purim, literally means “lots,” for Haman determined the day of the annihilation by drawing a lottery. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal, a press release stated.
There is a suggested $10 donation for the class, which will take place from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center.
For more information on Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe’s Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe at 530-314-7677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.JewishTahoe.com.