Aliya Droker, 16, of Bellevue, center, gets help cleaning whipped cream off her face by her laughing friends, from left, Sabrina Kavesh, Emma Graham, Alex Lowenson, and Whitley Pearson, right, after getting a pie in the face at the annual Purim Carnival at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Sunday March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people in 4th century Persia; it is custom to wear costumes, give gifts to the poor and feast. At the carnival, different Jewish organizations raise money by running booths like this with games and prizes. The girls belong to a BBYO Jewish all-girls youth group chapter called Halom #1240. Their mascot is a cow.
Hamantashen pastries are tradition at the annual Purim Carnival at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.
Travel restrictions imposed by the FAA on U.S. airlines servicing Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport are now in their second day with no indication when they will be lifted. Of course, that is causing all kinds of trouble for people trying to get to Israel or fly back home.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.