Rue de la Synagogue

One of the benefits of living in Geneva is walking by this beauty every day.

Beth Yaakov Synagogue

Beth Yaakov Synagogue in Geneva

The Beth Yaakov Synagogue, also known as the Grande Synagogue, is a registered historic monument in Switzerland thanks to its beautiful architecture. The synagogue is designed by Jean Henri Bachofen in a Byzantine-Moorish style and built between 1858 and 1859. Before that, non-Protestant buildings were not allowed within city limits. Glad they changed their mind on that one!


Purim for Adults

One of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar is just around the corner – Purim! Whether the weather outside is warm or cold, a Purim party is always merry. How could it not be, when celebration involves costumes, cookies, candy and booze? For anyone who’s associates Purim with candy but has completely forgotten the alcohol-drenched side to this holiday, this guide to a fun adult Purim party should help you along.

First of all, drinks! Busy in Brooklyn came up with the most fun Hamantini cocktails. If you are going for shock and awe, make these, but let’s be honest – it’s Purim! Anything goes!

Busy in Brooklyn’s Apricot and Raspberry Hamantinis

Next, snacks. Colored popcorn is easy and festive. Hamantashen of course are always a good idea. There’s a large swath of possibilities there.

Maybe not so adult, but definitely fun!

Next, the costumes. You can go three ways on this: traditional, masquerade, or just let everyone come up with something random. With traditional costumes, you’ll request that people wear something from the Purim story. Or you could just make everyone crowns.

King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther Crowns

You could also veer toward a masquerade ball. Learn how to make your own masquerade masks here.

A “Purple Purim Party” at Chai and Home

And finally, invitations. My personal favorite would be something along the lines of this:

Really, is there anything more to be said?