AROUND TOWN: Tulsans celebrate Jewish tradition at a new cafe and bakery

Here's a much easier way to say hamantaschen: cookie.

The triangular-shaped pastries are traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim, and can be found at Fig, Tulsa's new Jewish bakery and Cafe, located on the Zarrow Campus in the lobby of the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center at 2021 E. 71st Street.  

Chef Dan Kachel prepares soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts daily for Fig. His dough for hamantaschen includes two special ingredients: orange juice and orange zest. 

The dough is traditionally filled with poppy seeds and apricot, but modern versions have included chocolate, cheese or strawberries. 

While Purim officially celebrates the deliverance of Jews from their enemies in the Book of Esther, Drew Diamond, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa says it really goes beyond the bible. 

"The holiday itself is a celebration of life," said Diamond. In addition to lots of food, the customs include wearing masks and costumes, and simply having fun. 

Diamond is also Executive Director of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. For the past several weeks, Tulsa students from 13 area schools have been creating more than 400 Purim masks that are now ion display at the museum. 

"We get a lot of visitors come in [to the museum] especially for the masks," said Diamond. 

The masks will be judged and students will win prizes.

The Fig cafe and bakery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 




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