Purim Prep: The Hunt is On

 Purim Prep The Hunt Is On


Only in Israel can a one day holiday turn into two weeks.

The telltale sign is the smell of hamantashen wafting through the streets.   

Purim prep is underway and the costume hunt is on, but – Jerusalem’s got you covered, with a wide array of costume-making parties and activities.

Second-Hand Fashion Fair, Friday, March 3, 11 am to 3 pm, at the Clal Center:

Environmentalism and costumes might not always go hand in hand, but the Beshutaf organic collective is a big believer in “reuse, recycle” movement – which is why they’re having a special second-hand Purim fashion fair. Participants are encouraged to bring old costumes and take new ones – and remember, hippie doesn’t count as a costume if you normally eat granola and wear Birkenstocks.

Costume Swap: Sunday, March 5, to Tuesday, March 7, 4 pm to 9 pm, at the Old Train Station:

Tired of throwing out that Princess Leia outfit and spending hours replicating the perfect carrot nose of Olaf from Frozen? The costume swap lets you exchange last year’s costume for other people’s carefully crafted outfits. The focus is on children’s costumes and the event promises to be family-friendly, so feel free to bring your little one along.

DIY Ad-Delo-Yadah: Wednesday, March 8, 7 pm, at Beit Alliance:

“Ad-delo-yadah” is the Hebrew phrase for Purim drunkenness, which will certainly be  underway at this pop-up bar/second hand clothing sale/DIY costume design/ drag queen show party. Fashion students from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design will be on-hand to guide your DIY fashion endeavors, but remember, they won’t be able to stop you from drunk-Instagramming, so you might want to bring along a designated Tweeter.

DIY for Kids: Thursday, March 9, 4 to 9 pm, at Hamiffal:

Hamiffal, the ancient house that has been transformed into an arts collective and performance venue, will host a special DIY event, where kids can craft their own masks under the guidance of professional artists. There will also be designers on hand to help you refurbish last year’s costumes, and a special hamantashen-baking . Kids of all ages are welcome, though those under six should be accompanied by an adult.