What’s Happening for Purim in Jerusalem this Year?

Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem on Shushan Purim – a day after the rest of the world.

As I mentioned most years, it feels so strange to those of us who grew up elsewhere.

Megilat Esther in Israel Museum

Megillat Esther, Scroll of Esther, is read at night and again during the day.

Purim past megillah reading on Jerusalem street corner

Ten years ago Chabad Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg was at a megillah reading on Azza Street.

His initiative AZZA ZAZA has grown to hourly readings, day and night, on more Jerusalem streets.

Strange creatures have been spotted on Jerusalem streets for many days before Purim.

A princess was seen in a park ably managing the play equipment in a big hoop skirt.

Make-up stores were busy before the holiday began.

Wine for the festive Purim meal was on display in Jerusalem shopping malls.

Jerusalem celebrates Purim

Remember the large sign for the Purim parade Adloyadah?

Due to complaints from hostage families, the name has been changed to the United Purim Parade.

As the hostage tragedy drags on into a sixth month, the concerns about their welfare heightens.


This Purim, the fillings for hamentashen have taken less attention than in some years.

While there are many more IDF costumes this year.

Happy Purim on Jerusalem Montefiore Windmill

The Montefiore Windmill was dressed up during the pandemic when no events were allowed.

This year the Purim events in multiple locations around Jerusalem are too many to list.

Happy Purim bus sign in Hebrew

Purim Sameach!

Happy Purim!

8 thoughts on “What’s Happening for Purim in Jerusalem this Year?

  • March 24, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Purim Sameach ! Glad to see the Purim celebrations, and that all are staying safe. We celebrated Purim today in our town in Southern Japan, Japanese friends prayed for the peace of Jerusalem, before we read the Megilla in both English and Japanese!! May there be a great turnaround and divine miracles once again for all Israel!
    Blessings and Shalom.

    • March 24, 2024 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, almost time for megilah here in Jerusalem, you are way ahead in Japan.

  • March 24, 2024 at 10:32 am

    Happy Purim, Sharon. Great photos!

    • March 24, 2024 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you, the best ones should be tonight and tomorrow.

  • March 24, 2024 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful photos as usual Sharon. A bittersweet year, for sure. Purim Sameach to all!!

    • March 24, 2024 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you! Purim sameach!

  • March 24, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you, sharon. Purim sameach. The Purim story is one of hope and hidden miracles. May we be זוכה to see the hostages returned and Haman/Hamas destroyed for all time.


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