Hanukkah Family Day

Art, Music, and More


Sunday, December 6, 2015
12 – 4 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Hanukkah Family Day Schedule:

Noon – 4 pm: Drop-in Art Workshops

Found Object Menorah Characters

Design whimsical Hanukkah menorah sculptures with found objects inspired by the striking art on view in the exhibition Unorthodox as well as Hanukkah lamps in the Museum’s permanent exhibition.
Painted Fabric Design for Hanukkah

Paint a colorful fabric background with symbolic Hanukkah imagery. View the imaginative textiles found in the Unorthodox exhibition.
Collaborative Light Collage

Collaborate on a large abstract light collage canvas using translucent materials that will glow like stained glass.
Dreidel Decorating

Decorate wooden dreidels with vibrant patterns and colors.
Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer
Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein
11:30am to 12:30pm
: Book Signing in Museum Shop
1:00pm: Reading at Family Day

Actress and playwright Amanda Peet makes her picture book debut with Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein  co-written with her friend, Andrea Troyer.  A warm and funny slice of family holiday drama, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein tells the story of a young Jewish girl wrestling with her customs and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments. Rachel comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family. 

12:30 pm: Drawing Performance: Hanukkah Stories Coming to Life

See a playful tale unfold in this eye-catching performance by storyteller and illustrator Jeff Hopkins using live drawing, animation, and narration with sound and movement.

2:30 pm: ShirLaLa Hanukkah Concert

Hear kid rocker Shira Kline perform a musical re-enactment of the Hanukkah story, full of heroes, drama, and miracles. Hear tunes from her holiday album such as “Chanukah Bamba,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and more.

1:30 pm and 3:00 pm: Spotlight Tours

Discover Hanukkah lamps from around the world on a brief gallery tour.

All day
Self-Guided Printed Family Guides
Printed family gallery guides for Unorthodox and The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film, and for Hanukkah lamps on view in the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, will be available.


Ages 3 & up. 

Free with Museum Admission.

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