Release Date: August 22, 2018

Fall 2018 Season of Family Programs at the Jewish Museum

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New York, NY, August 16, 2018 - The Jewish Museum kicks off its fall 2018 season of family programs in September with concerts, family days, art workshops, and more.

The Museum welcomes three new acts to its slate of family concerts, with Sonia De Los Sontos, The Moonlights, and Nefesh Mountain  joining long-time favorites The FunkeyMonkeys and Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights. Other programs on the schedule are the annual Hanukkah Family Day on December 2; drop-in art workshops every Sunday and on selected holiday weekdays; and family art activities. See below for details about each program.

For further information regarding family programs at the Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets can be purchased online at The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City.



Sonia De Los Sontos
Sunday, September 30, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Sonia De Los Sontos tours the world singing in English and Spanish, bringing a personal yet universal musical story. In celebration of the harvest festival of Sukkot, De Los Sontos will perform songs connected to nature, as well as Latin American party tunes and new bilingual versions of American classics, building bridges between cultures. Ages 3 - 8

The Moonlights
Sunday, October 14, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

The Moonlights is an inspired collaboration between songwriters Rachel Loshak and Dean Jones. Their repertoire of beautiful, quirky songs forms a “sonic painting” with instruments ranging from guitar and French horn to organ pipes and marimba. Ages 2 – 8

The FunkeyMonkeys
Sunday, November 11, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

The FunkeyMonkeys are a super-group of professional musicians, comedians, and teachers whose hilarious antics and soulful sounds have been described as "Seinfeld meets the Wiggles" and “Herbie Hancock’s Vaudeville Bar Mitzvah.” Ages 2 - 6

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
Sunday, December 9, 11:30am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Kindie rockers Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights celebrate the last day of Hanukkah with playful twists on holiday favorites as well as original tunes for the day and songs from her albums Brooklyn Baby, Good Egg, and Meshugana. Their unique style draws from pop rock, country music, and gospel. Ages 3 - 8

Nefesh Mountain
TWO SHOWS on Tuesday, December 25, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Nefesh Mountain – singer Doni Zasloff and her multi-instrumentalist husband Eric Lindberg - present a blend of bluegrass, Celtic, and Appalachian melodies with a Jewish soul. They will perform original melodies from their albums Songs from the Mountain and Beneath the Open Sky. Ages 3 and up


Chagall & Friends Family Day
Sunday, October 21, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Families can create whimsical collage books and playful mobiles in a giant art workshop; paint in the Museum’s studio; collaborate on a giant cityscape with floating images; hear live music; and see Marc Chagall’s masterworks on a gallery tour. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. Ages 3 and up

Hanukkah Family Day
Sunday, December 2, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

A festive afternoon to celebrate Hanukkah with pop-rock tunes from Josh & The Jamtones; an art workshop where kids can build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects and collaborate on a giant collage; a Hanukkah story drawing performance by educator Jeff Hopkins; and an opportunity to make sketches of Hanukkah lamps from around the globe while on a gallery tour. Ages 3 & up



Studio Art Sessions
Sundays beginning September 16 through May 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Families explore new themes each week in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view. Parents can visit the Jewish Museum’s website for details. Ages 3 and up

Archaeology Mondays
Mondays, September 17, October 8, November 12, December 24, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Unique in New York City, the Jewish Museum’s simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Kids can collect stamps in a special passport each visit, and receive a gift after three digs. Ages 3 – 10

Columbus Day Drop-In Art Workshop: Power to the Portrait
Monday, October 8, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Kids will discover striking portraits by Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, and other dynamic artists on view in Scenes from the Collection and create self-portraits or portraits of family members using a variety of painting materials. Ages 3 and up

Art Explorers
Tuesdays, October 9, November 13, and December 4, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tickets: $10 general public, $8 Jewish Museum Family Members

Preschoolers and their adult companions can explore Scenes from the Collection through themed tours and engaging gallery activities, followed by a visit to the Museum’s art studio. Ages 3 and 4

Second Sundays Dig Drop-In
The second Sunday of each month beginning October 14, through May 12
Noon – 3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Kids can discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum’s simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month. Ages 3 - 10

Veterans Day Drop-In Art Workshop: Found Object Architecture
Monday, November 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drawing inspiration from the architectural forms on view in the exhibition, Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922, kids will use clay and found objects to create abstract sculpture. Ages 3 and up

Vacation Week Drop-In Art Workshop: Character Puppets for Chagall
December 23-25, 27-28, and 30, 1:00 pm– 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Kids will make hand puppets inspired by paintings in Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922.  Ages 3 and up


Picture This!
Sundays, September 30, October 14, November 11, and December 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tickets: $25 general public, $22 Jewish Museum Family Members

Each program begins with a 10:00 am gallery program that includes interactive art-viewing activities and a storybook reading, followed by an opportunity to create original artworks and a concert at 11:00 am featuring an acclaimed performer. Ages 4 - 7

Workshops for Kids with Disabilities
Sunday, October 28,
10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Examine art on view and create a work of your own in these programs for families with children who have developmental and learning disabilities. Workshops include gallery activities and an art project. Ages 5 - 17
Free with advance registration; families should email For more information about the Museum’s Access programs, visit

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. Family programming is supported, in part, by the Samuel Brandt Fund, Cheryl and Blair Effron, the Dambrot Family, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, funds recommended by the office of Council Member Ben Kallos, Council Member Keith Powers, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About the Jewish Museum

Located on New York City's famed Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. Devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, the Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs, and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.

Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11 am to 5:45 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; and Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Admission: $18.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $8.00 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Free on Saturdays and select Jewish holidays.

Information: The public may call 212.423.3200 or visit

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