HACKENSACK, NJ -- Just in time for the upcoming holiday of Purim, Chabad of Hackensack will be holding a Hamantash Baking event at 280 Summit Ave on. Participants will learn the art of preparing Hamantash pastries, the three cornered traditional Purim treat, while learning about the holiday.

Purim 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 Hamantash, named after the anti-semitic Haman, is a traditional holiday pastry with various fillings such as poppy seeds, prune, date paste or apricot jam.

“We are excited to be bringing this holiday tradition to Hackensack”, said Mrs. Shterna Kaminker, Co-director at Chabad of Hackensack. “The hands on experience will definitely be enjoyed by all.”

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Participants will get the chance to bake and fill an assortment of Hamentashen using a variety of fillings. All the ingredients and equipment will be provided to ensure that everyone leaves with a basket filled with a variety of Hamentashen, as well as tips and recipes on the art of Hamentashen baking.

Because of the treats being served, attendees are asked to donate $18, or sponsor the by contacting Chabad of Hackensack at (201) 503-3770 or online at www.ChabadHackensack.com.

What is the holiday of Purim?

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on March 20 and ends at nightfall on March 21. 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." 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.