Project Esther

JOFA's APP FOR Megillat Esther

You can use the app to practice reading Megillat Esther. You can also use it to follow along during Purim on your smart phone or tablet.

Planning Resources

See below, or on the app, for Megillah reading instructions and guidance:

How to organize a Megillah reading and information for the Megillah reader

halakhic analysis of the sources for women’s reading of the Megillah.

How to divide up the Megillah chapters by skill-level

Esther Verses Out Loud

In addition to the four verses traditionally read aloud during the megillah reading, some groups are beginning to recite four additional verses that pertain to Esther. Bring this practice to your community with JOFA's new source sheets created by Rabbi Steven Exler.

For more about this practice, read Audrey Axelrod Trachtman's blog post titled "A New Purim Hero?" and Talia Weisberg's blog post titled "Challenge: Give Voice to Esther."

ONLINE DIRECTORY of Women's Megillah Readings

Looking for a megillah reading where Orthodox women are leyning? Click here for an interactive map and online directory of synagogues, women’s tefillah groups, partnership minyanim, and other Orthodox groups where women can read megillah for Purim 2017. 

If you belong to a partnership minyan, join our Google Group for Partnership Minyanim.

Women's Megillah Reading Photo Contest 

Send us a photo of your Women's (or women's inclusive) Megillah reading to win a JOFA prize!

To enter:

  1. 1. Follow JOFA on instagram at @JOFAorg
  2. 2. Post a photo of yourself reading the Megillah or your Megillah reading group
  3. 3. Tag @jofaorg
  4. 4. Post with the hashtag: #PROJECTESTHER17

Halakhic Perspective

Below is a selection of halakhic articles about women reading, writing, and hearing megillah. You can find more Purim-related readings in our Online Library.

Purim Blogs

The JOFA blog has featured many entries about Purim. If you didn't get a chance to read them then, follow the links below to get all caught up on The Torch

If you'd like to write for The JOFA Blog, submit your blog post to [email protected]