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Maryland Purim 2024 / 5784

March 17 - March 19

Purim is a joyful Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of Queen Esther, a biblical heroine who used the power she had been granted to help those in her community who were under threat. Every year on (or near) Purim, JUFJ activists deliver mishloach manot (bags of sweet gifts) to state and local legislators, along with a reminder of what our legislative priorities are for this year. But we can’t make these sweet deliveries without your help.

We are packing 250 bags (half in Baltimore, half in Rockville) to deliver to statewide and Montgomery County elected officials. You can contribute time, money, or gifts to these bags. Let us know below what you can contribute, whether that is packing bags, delivering bags to legislators, donating supplies, or donating money to offset the cost of making all of this happen.

Join us for:

  • Baking hamantaschen and packing gift bags on Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 PM at Our Time Kitchen in Baltimore, in partnership with Repair the World and YAD (Note: Repair the World is asking for donations of $8 for those who can afford that; after RSVPing you will receive a link to make that donation to Repair the World)
  • Packing gift bags on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM at Tikvat Israel in Rockville
  • Delivering gift bags to statewide elected officials on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:00 AM in Annapolis
  • Lunch on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:30 AM in Annapolis
  • Delivering gift bags to Montgomery County elected officials on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00 PM in Rockville

Costumes (and kids) are welcome, both to pack bags and to deliver them!

Mishloach manot have many components: the bags, hamantaschen, snacks, and sweets! As we approach the delivery date, you can use this tracker to see how close we are to having all the materials necessary for a successful Purim celebration! Click the dropdown menu with the flashing arrow to see our progress toward each item in each of our two locations.

Racial Equity & Policing Team Meeting graphicSix Jews of different races, genders, and ages gather around a seder table.