Today is the holiday of Purim, when we celebrate with friends and family by feasting, dressing up in costume, snacking on hamentaschen and maybe raising a glass or two. Then there’s the most important part: the megillah reading, in which we retell our amazing story of survival against all odds, thanks to the faith, bravery and strength of one hero. Or, should we say, one heroine.

The story of Esther — the unlikely Jewish queen of Shushan, who risked everything to save her people — reminds us that one person’s courageous acts can truly change the world. It also serves as a dramatic reminder of the power of women to stand up and lead their communities. With Esther as inspiration, the Jewish Federation created this exclusive storybook for you and your communities to enjoy.

Chag sameach!