Calling all bakers and cookie makers: Operation Hamantaschen

by | Jan 30, 2017 | What’s Happening

Sunday, February 19, 10 am–1 pm, Simon Family JCC

The delicious aroma of fresh baked goods will flow through the halls of the Simon Family JCC during Operation Hamantaschen. Filled with assorted fruit jams or other sweet confections, these tasty triangular shaped cookies, otherwise known as Hamantaschen, are traditionally served during Purim.

Each year, this family baking event generates about 1,500 cookies, which are distributed to U.S. troops overseas, Israel Defense Forces, and Jewish Family Service clients.

Meticulously organized with stations for rolling and cutting, filling and folding, and egg brushing, the event makes it possible for everyone to roll up their sleeves and partake in the baking process. Last year, more than 100 community members of all ages participated, including BBYO teens, Hillel students, young families, and grandparents.

Children and teens will also make greeting cards thanking the troops for their dedication and service. The cards will accompany each package of Hamantashen.

This free event is open to the community. Babysitting will be available.

Presented by Children, Family and Camp department of the Simon Family JCC, UJFT, and PJ Library. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 757-321-2342 by February 13.