Funny, last minute costume ideas for a Purim bar mitzvah party

18 Jewish-inspired Purim costume ideas

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Linda Richman from Coffee Tawk.
Frances “Baby” Houseman from “Dirty Dancing” never overtly claims to be Jewish, but the movie is based largely on screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein’s childhood. She was called “Baby” as a girl, summered in the Catskills with her family, participated in dirty dancing competitions, is the daughter of a Jewish doctor from New York, and most notably, refuses to be put in the corner.
Rachel Berry from “Glee.”
Need proof that Cher Horowitz from “Clueless” is actually a Jew? She doesn’t bat a lash when BFF Dionne casually uses the word “kvelling,” ends up with a nice Jewish boy played by Paul Rudd at the end of the movie, and her last name is Horowitz — duh!
A couple of Krusty the Clowns.
Werewolf bar mitzvah, spooky, scary! Boys becoming men. Men becoming wolves.
Walter Sobchak from “The Big Lebowski” is a great Jewish costume for Purim — especially since he doesn’t bowl on Saturdays.
Les Grossman from “Tropic Thunder” may be a nasty stereotype, but he’s a fun and easy costume to put together in a pinch. Plus, who doesn’t want to dance really badly to Ludacris’ “Get Back?”
Dot Matrix from “Spaceballs” has plenty of Jewish swagger. Voiced by Jew, Joan Rivers, the character humorously compares a temple of doom to Temple Beth Israel and reprimands the Jewish Princess Vespa for not marrying a man “ … for your father’s sake and had a headache for the next 25 years.”
Miracle Max, the Yiddish-speaking “healer” from “The Princess Bride,” is a great Jewish costume idea.
A girl in a Kyle from “South Park” costume channeling a Kenny vibe.
Magneto actualized.

Forget about zombies, vampires, or a frightening creature called a Miley Cyrus — not knowing what you’re going to be for Purim can be pretty scary. And with the wickedly fun howl-iday right around the corner, you’re going to have to come up with a costume on “The Fly.” Especially if you’re going to a costume–themed bar or bat mitzvah on March 15.

If you’re stuck, like a delicious hamantashen poppyseed in a molar, and can’t figure out what to dress up as, we’re here to help! There are plenty of fun, fictional Jewish characters in pop culture to be inspired by. Check out our list below for a few of our top picks and then our slide show above to see these ideas in all their costumed glory — plus a few more ideas we didn’t include in the list!

Krusty the Clown from “The Simpsons”

Born “Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski,” Springfield’s most beloved clown is indeed Jewish. And in case you forget exactly what he looks like, this clip will help you create a flawless costume.

The bar mitzvah werewolf from “30 Rock”

The viral hit “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” started as a cutaway gag on “30 Rock” when Tracy Morgan’s character, Tracy — the show’s resident schlemiel — finds a gold record he earned for a novelty song “about boys becoming men, men becoming wolves.” The quick, “spooky, scary” sketch features Morgan’s character dressed as a wolf in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outfit dancing in graveyard amidst cheesy, ’80s video graphics.

A plethora of Mel Brooks movie characters

From Princess Vespa and Yoghurt from “Spaceballs” to Moses and the Waiter (hilarious clips below!) in “History of the World: Part I,” movies a la Mel Brooks are jam-packed — like a plate full of hamantaschen — with funny, Semitic characters. And any costume inspired by Brooks is sure to make people smile and — very likely — spontaneously quote.

Kyle Broflovski from “South Park”

Most “South Park” fans know that Token isn’t the only token character on the show. Kyle, who hides his curly, red hair in a green hunting cap, is the resident Son of Commandment. The show’s Jewish co-creator, Matt Stone, provides Kyle’s voice.

Linda Richman from “Saturday Night Live”

Most 13-year-olds would associate Mike Myers with the Cat in the Hat, the voice of Shrek, or Austin Powers. But Purim is a perfect time to introduce tweens to a loveable, Yiddish-speaking siren from Myer’s past. In the reoccurring, early ’90s sketch, “Coffee Tawk,” Myers played Linda Richman, a big-haired, gaudy sweater-loving, middle-aged Jewish woman who thought Barbra Streisand’s voice was “like buttah.” And even if kids don’t automatically associate a Richman getup with the hilarious SNL character, the costume may remind them of Boca Raton relatives.

Rachel Berry from “Glee”

This is a character a 13-year-old will be familiar with, but it may be difficult to make this “Glee” character distinctively stand out in a costume. But, a sweater vest, knee socks, and an argyle shirt may be a good start.


A pious Babs is a great costume for girls who are passionate about their religion.

The Robot Rabbi from “Conan”

This may be a tall order, but if someone could pull this costume off, please, send us a picture!

Tommy Pickles from “Rugrats”

There’s lots of Jewish references in “Rugrats” The adorable, eternal baby, Tommy, has a Hebrew mother and European grandparents — Minka and Boris — who talk in heavy Yiddish accents. “The Rugrats” has also aired Passover and Chanukah specials.

Hebrew Hammer

Sure, this pick is slightly controversial, but if we’re going to select any Semitic gunslinger, a character who whispers sweet nothings like “I want to get a good-paying, stable job,” into a woman’s ear doesn’t seem like such a bad choice.

The Goldbergs

This is a great idea if the whole family wants to get into the act. To dress up like the characters from the new ABC hit, just wear matching horrendous sweaters from the ’80s, some ill-fitting khakis, and you’re done-zo.

Maury Ballstein in “Zoolander”

Who doesn’t want to strut around a party reciting choice lines like: “I got a prostate the size of a honeydew and a headful of bad memories. It’s time to set the record straight,” like Jerry Stiller did in “Zoolander?” All you need for this costume is oversized, gold-rimmed Aviator glasses, a tacky tracksuit (preferably with a knock-off designer print on it), and a Star of David necklace.


Sure, he’s a super-villain who fears the persecution of mutants because he is a Jew who survived the Holocaust, but he’s got layers. He’s charming, smart, and is full of quotes that make you question whether or not he’s “really” a bad guy, which constantly earns the audience’s empathy. Plus he wears a really cool helmet!

What’s your Purim costume? Let us know in our comments section!

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