As a direct result of terror attacks in Israel that began in full force following the High Holidays, two 11-year-olds in Florida hope to make a small but significant difference in the weeks before Purim. And they plan to do so in a hands-on and rather creative way: by baking hamantaschen.

Chaya Mushka and Esther Leah Hodakov—the twin daughters of Rabbi Levi and Miriam Hodakov, co-directors of Chabad of Clearwater, Fla.—have launched an effort they call “Hamantashen for Israel,” selling triangular pastries traditionally served on Purim and sending the proceeds to victims of terror.

The girls will celebrate their bat mitzvah on Shushan Purim, which this year corresponds to Friday, March 25. It is the day in Jewish history observed as Purim in Jerusalem and other ancient walled cities, making the project’s connection to Israel all the more relevant, according to Chaya Mushka Hodakov.

The hamantaschen will go for $10 per dozen locally and feature a variety of fillings, including raspberry, strawberry, apricot, and one that especially appeals to children—chocolate chip.

“My sister and I love to bake, and thought that this would be a great mitzvah to do in honor of our bat mitzvah,” remarked Esther Leah Hodakov. “With just under a month to Purim, we hope sell about 600 hamantaschen and raise $500, and send it to victims so their celebrations can be a little bit happier this year.”

Orders to other parts of the United States can be made by emailing the girls at hamantashen@JewishClearwater.com.

The girls have timed the project, called “Hamantashen for Israel,” to their upcoming bat mitzvah on March 25, Shushan Purim. Here, they check to make sure the eggs used for the batter are kosher.
The girls have timed the project, called “Hamantashen for Israel,” to their upcoming bat mitzvah on March 25, Shushan Purim. Here, they check to make sure the eggs used for the batter are kosher.
Their goal? To make the holiday cheerier for those hit hard by ongoing attacks in Israel.
Their goal? To make the holiday cheerier for those hit hard by ongoing attacks in Israel.