Just In Time For Purim

Jewishherocorps_3Every Spring – about a month before Passover – is the Jewish festival of Purim. For centuries, Jewish kids have dressed up as an assortment of characters. These days, comic book heroes are among the biggest favorites.

But some Jewish educators and parents wonder about Wonder Woman and nix the X-Men, concerned that characters promoting Jewish values might be more appropriate for the holiday.

This year, the Jewish Hero Corps, the first comic book Jewish super-team, have been licensed to a major costume manufacturer; and this Purim, kids can dress as Menorah Man, who grows eight flaming arms; or Dreidel Maidel, the "hurricane heroine." Other costumes include Magen David, the first Sephardic Super-Hero, and Shabbas Queen, whose wand enables her to fly and to stop electrical devices, giving them a ‘rest.’

Marci Brumberg, Coordinator of Family Education for Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke, Virginia, used the team as the theme for the Synagogue’s summer camp last year. At that time, her counselors made makeshift costumes and conducted educational programs dressed as each of the heroes who reside at www.jewishsuperhero.com.

"Using the Jewish Hero Corps was an educator’s dream come true." said Brumberg. "Forget Superman and Batman, children relate to super-heroes who are Jewish! It instilled a pride and excitement for our traditions. It doesn’t get any better than that!˜

Since its release, the comic book has been used in classrooms and synagogues as a Jewish educational tool. The project was designed in coordination with the Jewish Literacy Foundation to be effective in acquainting kids of all backgrounds with Jewish holidays, history, culture and language while utilizing the contemporary American mythology of super-heroes.

The costumes are available at www.KinderKlassics.com – a web site devoted to engaging and educational Jewish books, toys and accessories for children.

KinderClassics sells the comic book, as well.

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12 responses to “Just In Time For Purim

  1. Anonymous

    I love the resolution on that picture. Really sharp quality!
    This year for Purim I’m dressing up like a non Jewish ehtiopian trying to get into a Lubavitch yeshiva.

  2. Anonymous

    I love the resolution on that picture. Really sharp quality!
    This year for Purim I’m dressing up like a non Jewish ehtiopian trying to get into a Lubavitch yeshiva.

  3. Shmuel

    Yeah, Shmarya, the picture of Brittany kissing Madonna was razor sharp clear. My comic book covers ought to be at least as clear as that.

  4. First of all, it is not your comic book. You have nothing to do with it.

    Secondly, the quality of the picture depends on th equality of the source jpeg. As you both surely know, the source jpeg is small and very low resolution. I used the picture anyway, because I wanted people to realize that the comic book was drawn just like any mainstream DC comic.

    “This year for Purim I’m dressing up like a non Jewish ehtiopian trying to get into a Lubavitch yeshiva.”

    I don’t think you’re smart enough to pull that off.

  5. Neo-Conservaguy

    Arlen Schumer, creator of “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art”, gives a great lecture covering how the most popular American comic books of the 60’s were created largely by Jews. Schumer once showed me a prototype Jewish superhero character he had created that was quite a bit less silly than “Menorah Man”; he was unable (at the time) to obtain backing to create the comic book.
    See also:

    http://www.nyccomicbookmuseum.org/exhibits/JIC/JCC_1.htm

  6. Neo-Conservaguy

    Arlen Schumer, creator of “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art”, gives a great lecture covering how the most popular American comic books of the 60’s were created largely by Jews. Schumer once showed me a prototype Jewish superhero character he had created that was quite a bit less silly than “Menorah Man”; he was unable (at the time) to obtain backing to create the comic book.
    See also:

    http://www.nyccomicbookmuseum.org/exhibits/JIC/JCC_1.htm

  7. The creator of the Jewish Hero Corps was the curator of that exhibit.

  8. The creator of the Jewish Hero Corps was the curator of that exhibit.

  9. Shmuel

    Dude, take it easy. I’m one of your readers and commenters. Hold your friendly fire.

  10. Yochanan Lavie

    Is every column now an excuse to bash Ethiopians? Yigal Amir? Jewish comics? Does KKK stand for Kweens Kosher Kommandos?

  11. Yochanan Lavie

    Is every column now an excuse to bash Ethiopians? Yigal Amir? Jewish comics? Does KKK stand for Kweens Kosher Kommandos?

  12. Neo-Conservaguy

    Ready… Fire… Aim…! Whoops.

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