21 March @ 3.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Purim is one of the happiest holidays in the Jewish calendar. Celebrations usually contain elements of fancy dress, play-acting, music and dancing. It is a day of celebration for having been saved by the Jewish Queen Esther from a plot by the evil Haman against the Jews during the reign of King Ahasuerus in Persia (about 2,500 years ago).
The dramatic story is written down in the Book of Esther, which is read out on the day from a special scroll, the megillah (pl megillot). The Jewish Museum has more than 70 megillot from different countries and centuries and made in different artistic styles.
Curator Dr Kathrin Pieren will show pictures and objects from our store that illustrate some of the principal customs and will introduce visitors to some of the most beautiful and special Esther scrolls in the collection.
Get tailored advice on how to research your Jewish ancestry in this drop-in session.
The Annual Cecil Roth Lecture welcomes Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford