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Samantha Bass, JHSGW

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Samantha Bass, JHSGWSam Bass has been involved with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington since 2011 and currently serves as program coordinator. She is responsible for educational programs and tours, special events and membership outreach. A Wisconsin native, she loves frozen custard and all things food-related, which she documents on her food history blog.

A Different Flavor of Purim

by Samantha Bass, JHSGW

A Different Flavor of Purim

While Ashkenazi Jews think of hamantashen as traditional Purim fare, the Yom Tov Society gathering of some of Washington’s Sephardic community, shown in this 1936 photo, likely enjoyed börekas, almond “cigars” and candies called figuellos. Today, Washington is home to a small, but vibrant Sephardic community of around 12,000. They, like other Sephardic Jews, are

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