The tours, events and shows that will light up your Chanukah


The festival of lights, dreidels and sufganiyot donuts is approaching, from Sunday evening November 28 through Monday December 6, with activities being held across the country during the eight days of Chanukah.

While Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday warned of possible restrictions on the eight-day vacation due to an increase in infections, mostly among children, plans are underway for all types of holiday gatherings. , taking into account the six-day school holidays for this festival of lights. .

We’ve rounded up an assortment of Hanukkah options, including museum tours, baking workshops, archaeological site tours, concerts, and screenings:

1. The Anu Museum of the Jewish People at Tel Aviv University offers special Hanukkah tours of its menorah collection, gathered from around the world and across the ages, as well as stories of Jewish heroes of all kinds, including artists who shed light on their particular periods. Any family visiting the museum will receive a Hanukkah gelt to spend in the museum shop. Head to the Anu website to purchase museum tickets, 52 NIS per person, free up to 5 years.

2. Jerusalem’s new Karon Theater at Liberty Bell Park hosts a Hanukkah festival with a range of puppet shows for children of all ages. Open from November 30 to December 6, the theater will present daily plays, as well as workshops and outdoor events on the grounds of the park. To see the Karon Theater website for the selection of performances, which are all in Hebrew, but often with more movement than text, making them easy to understand for non-Hebrews as well.

3. There are a few family movies coming up Jewish film festival, from November 27 to December 2, with films about Jewish thinkers, artists, activists and other types of creation in the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Times of Israel readers get a 20% discount on all movies and events with the following code: jjff21.

Some of the Hanukkah menorahs on display at the Anu Museum in Tel Aviv, including one on loan from the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfsohn Museum, during Hanukkah which begins on November 29, 2021. (Shahar and Ziv Katz)

4. Head to the Ein Kerem neighborhood in Jerusalem December 2 and 3 for a Festival organized by the inhabitants of the village. The event from Thursday evening to Friday includes corner concerts, open doors at local artist studios, nature walks and visits to churches and mosques in Ein Kerem, food stalls on the edge drive, a prayer for rain and a Kabbalat Shabbat musical service led by Rabbi Benny Lau.

The donut-topped cupcakes are part of the workshop offered by Baker Street TLV during Hanukkah 2021 (Courtesy of Baker Street TLV)

5. Thinking of donuts and all that is cooked on this greasy holiday? Georgia Green and Lee’at Gentely of Baker Street TLV offer a Parent and Child Hanukkah Cupcake Workshop Sunday, December 5. Participants will bake cupcakes, bake and bake buttercream, and decorate donut-shaped cookies that will look and taste professional. The workshop is for children aged 8 to 12.

6. For something a little more alternative, try the annual Jerusalem Festival Musrara Mix Festival, from November 30 to December 2, produced by the Musrara Art School with lots of interaction from the local Musrara neighborhood and community center. The annual event includes artistic performances and interactive exhibits, often with a political bent, with special attention to the 50 years of the Black Panthers of Jerusalem, who first staged in Musrara, and the types of art that help renew the many neighborhoods surrounding Musrara. .

7. Stay in Jerusalem? There are several Chanukah-related tours, workshops and adventures, many in and around the old town, from November 30 to December 2, organized through the East Jerusalem Development Company. There are guided tours of Yad Ben Zvi including late afternoon walks to see candlelit menorahs outside residents’ homes, workshops at the gallery of artists Hutzot Hayotzer working with mosaics, glass and ceramics, and guided walks along the southern Jaffa Gate pedestrian path.

8. Chanukah might be just the time to explore historical and archaeological sites around Israel, as the Parks and Nature Authority, Antiquities Authority, National Library of Israel and Yad Ben Zvi celebrate Heritage Week, working together to offer tours, workshops, archaeological excavations and the discovery of dozens of sites from north to south, November 29 until December 6. Visitors can explore a Hasmonean palace, make oil candles, participate in archaeological digs, hear stories about Chanukah, and watch a play. Go to Moreshet site for more information.

The Festival of Lights opens for Chanukah at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens on November 29, 2021 (Ron Peled)

9. It’s a festival of lights every Hanukkah night at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, with the trees and bushes of the gardens illuminated for the Winter Lights Event, with background music from the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, food trucks and stalls featuring hot chestnuts, baked potatoes, pancakes, hot dogs, sangria and of course, sufganiyot . Opening November 27, entry for adults at NIS 40 per person and NIS 25 for children aged 5 to 12.

ten. And for those across the ocean, the Israel Philharmonic String Quartet is embarking on an American Gala and Performance Tour, starting December 1.

The 2021 tour will be the first time musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra have performed in the United States in two years, and the first international tour since the start of the pandemic. The San Francisco Gala will air for free on December 12.

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