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These DMV Bakeries Are Selling Purim Cookies to Support Ukraine

Whether you’re celebrating the holiday or not, you can still treat yourself for a good cause.

Multicolored hamantashen for Purim. Photo by Tori Bergel.

If you’ve never tried a hamantaschen, Wednesday could be the day to change that. The triangle-shaped cookies filled with jam or chocolate are a staple during Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrated every spring that begins tonight at sundown.

Sometimes described as the “Jewish Halloween,” Purim tells the story of Jewish queen Esther’s triumph over villainous Haman’s plot to annihilate the Jewish people. Hamantaschen get their shape from the triangular hat worn by Haman. Festivities often include reading the Purim story, dressing up, and enjoying drinks and sweets. 

The Purim story of good versus evil inspired Laurel Kratochvila, a Jewish American baker who now lives and owns a bakery in Berlin, to launch Hamantashen for Ukraine. The initiative encourages bakers around the world to donate a portion of hamantashen sales to Polish Humanitarian Action, a group working to help Ukrainian refugees at the border. 

Whether you celebrate Purim or not, you can support Ukrainians with your favorite flavors at these DMV bakeries.

Whipped Up Bakery
Online, based in Bethesda
DM on Instagram to order.


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The Red Bandana Bakery
8218 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda
Visit here to order.

Call Your Mother
Available at all locations

Bubby’s Got a Sweet Tooth
Online, based in Loudoun County, Virginia


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Tori Bergel
Editorial Fellow
Kayla Benjamin
Assistant Editor