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Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

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Oran Etkin Performs Family Concert for Hanukkah at The Jewish Museum Sunday, December 25

Release Date: November 21, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin and his Timbalooloo band in a special Hanukkah family concert on Sunday, December 25 at 11:30 am.  Their performance will be inspired by two Jewish stories of light: the traditional Hanukkah tale and a story of light from the Kabbalah. It tells how a spiritual light that existed before the world’s creation was scattered and needs to brought together to make the world whole. This story of healing the world resonated with Etkin and was the basis of his 2014 album, Gathering Light, which interweaves his own compositions with melodies and rhythms he learned in his musical travels to Asia and Africa. This concert will intermingle Hanukkah songs from Israel and tunes from Indonesia that celebrate the beauty of the Festival of Lights in a fresh way. Etkin will also share tunes from his 2010 album, Wake Up, Clarinet! with its whimsical blend of klezmer, jazz and world music. Etkin's interactive performances effortlessly convey sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

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Fun-Filled Hanukkah Family Day at The Jewish Museum Sunday, December 18

Release Date: November 16, 2016

The Jewish Museum presents its annual Hanukkah Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, December 18 from noon to 4pm.  Kids can construct sculptural Hanukkah menorahs with funky found objects in a huge drop-in art workshop, dance to the music of ShirLaLa, see the Hanukkah story brought to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and explore the Museum’s world-famous collection of Hanukkah lamps.

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Alex & the Kaleidoscope Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 20

Release Date: October 27, 2016

The kids rock band Alex & the Kaleidoscope will perform at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, November 20 at 11:30 am. Emmy Award-winning children’s entertainer Alex Mitnick and his group of fun-loving musicians have been captivating families with their fresh approach to music for over a decade. "Country and island rhythms, a pop bounce, hand-clapping gospel, and confidence-boosting message” says the Parents’ Choice Foundation, “fuel Alex Mitnick’s albums.” The audience will sing, dance and improvise with the band, actively participating in the concert. Songs like "Insect Tourists", "Crocodile" and "Dino Dig" teach us fun facts about the world around us, and tunes like "Mama's In The Kitchen", "Love Is All It Takes" and "Tell Me A Story" are sure to bring families together in a joyous moment of musical magic. 

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Gustafer Yellowgold Family Performance at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 16

Release Date: September 26, 2016

Grammy-nominated illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor brings the whimsical animations and contagious melodies of Gustafer Yellowgold to the Jewish Museum for a family performance on Sunday, October 16 at 11:30 am.  Taylor combines live images and music in what The New York Times calls “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” The program features tunes about the Earth, the Sun and nature in celebration of the holiday of Sukkot.

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Josh & The Jamtones Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 9

Release Date: September 21, 2016

The kids indie rock band Josh & The Jamtones will perform at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, October 9 at 11:30 am. Fronted by singer/songwriter Josh Shriber, their interactive concerts get crowds of any age moving their bodies and singing along. Josh seamlessly blends roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music and kid-friendly improv comedy.  The concert will feature songs from The Jamtones’ critically-acclaimed family records, Rocksteady and Jump Up! as well as tunes in celebration of the fall Jewish holidays from the album, Jammin with Jew Vol 1 & 2.

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The FunkeyMonkeys Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, September 25

Release Date: September 12, 2016

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with a concert for families on Sunday, September 25 at 11:30 am.   Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” this uniquely hip eight-member band incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits, along with their special brand of funky kid's music, ranging from driving afrobeat to ethereal ballads.  The performance will feature tunes from their albums Mustache, Tastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys, including hits related to the Jewish fall holidays with a special Monkeys twist.  During the performance, the Monkeys will also explore connections between art and music as audience members can come on stage to draw with the band.

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Studio Art Sessions Family Art Workshops Every Sunday at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum has expanded its Sunday art workshop series for families, offering an immersive experience that includes weekly art projects and a new collaborative artmaking component. In Studio Art Sessions, families will have the opportunity to contribute to an ongoing large scale work of art, which will change every two months. Each collective project will explore unconventional approaches to artmaking, using unique materials and concepts that relate to artwork on view or in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

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Fall 2016 Season of Lively Family Programs Begins at the Jewish Museum in September

Release Date: August 25, 2016

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, and more.  The line-up includes Sunday concerts by The FunkeyMonkeys on September 25, Josh and the Jamtones on October 9, Gustafer Yellowgold on October 16, Alex & the Kaleidoscope on November 20, and Oran Etkin on December 25.  Also on the schedule are: the annual Hanukkah Family Day on December 18; holiday and vacation week drop-in art workshops October 20 and 21 and December 26, 27, 29 & 30; and family art activities every Sunday starting September 11.

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The Jewish Museum Launches Picture This! New Monthly Family Program Series September 25 Supported by Grant from PJ Library, a Program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Release Date: August 3, 2016

The Jewish Museum is launching Picture This!, a new monthly series of eight multifaceted family programs, thanks to a $25,000 grant awarded to the Museum by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Each monthly Picture This! program will combine a gallery experience exploring art on view with fun, interactive activities and a storybook reading. Families will also enjoy a snack, create art in a studio, and join other families to experience a concert featuring a top children’s music performer. The series kicks off on Sunday, September 25 and runs through May 2017.

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Fun-Filled Isaac Mizrahi Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, May 15

Release Date: April 18, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Isaac Mizrahi Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, May 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Families can celebrate the striking and colorful world of fashion on view in the exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, at a huge drop-in art workshop, hear the hip Grammy award-winning music of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and take gallery tours of the exhibition.

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