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Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

6th annual JArts Hanukkah Celebration at the MFA, Boston

Wednesday, December 18, 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Community Candle Lighting 6:30 PM

FREE admission from 4pm (MFA members skip the line)


There’s no Hanukkah celebration like the Hanukkah celebration put on by JArts and the MFA. That’s why MarthaStewart.com cited us as one of the 8 best Hanukkah events in the US. This 6th annual event features:


Welcome and Community Candle Lighting

6:30pm Shapiro Family Courtyard

Join us to watch as the menorah is illuminated.

ASL Interpreted

Hanukkah Menorah Installation: Persist and Rise From Ashes

4–10 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

Created by artist Caron Tabb, this Hannukiah embodies and tells the tale of Hanukah; the miracle of light over darkness, good over evil, freedom over servitude. We might each be a single light but together, a powerful voice.

Star of David Crafting

5-9 pm | Gallery 268

The six-pointed Star of David is a popular symbol in Jewish arts and culture. Known in Hebrew as a Magen David (shield of David), geometrically it is two triangles superimposed on each other, forming the shape of a hexagram. Using yarn and cardboard, create your own Star of David.


5-9 pm | Gallery 268

Create your own Hanukkah pin with JCDS.

Menorah Stamp-Making

5-9 pm | Druker 159

Look at the Hanukkah lamps located throughout galleries 142 and 149. Work with local artist Kit Collins to make a 2-dimensional menorah. Carve your own candle stamp out of soft rubber. Then over the next 8 nights, use your stamp to “light” your menorah.

Brighter Beyond

5-9 pm | Riley Seminar Room

A collaborative, interactive blacklight experience. Add your light to this glowing installation led by artist Tova Speter and featuring work from over 100 local students.

Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah Musical Story Time

4:30-4:50 | Linde 168

Authors/songwriters Joni Klein-Higger and Barbara Scharff invite you to share Hanukkah fun at Bubbe’s farm. The Israeli American Council will kick off with a Hanukkah song in Hebrew. In partnership with PJ Library.
ASL Interpreted

Russian Story Time

5:45 – 6:10 | Druker 160

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys

5:15-6:00 | Linde 168

Be prepared for your family to sing and dance with this Boston favorite and her band.

Rosalie Gerut

7:15-7:35, 7:55-8:15, 8:35-8:55| Linde 168

A charming performer who sings in her native Yiddish as well as in Hebrew, English, Ladino/Spanish and Russian.

Yaeko Elmaleh Group

6:45-7:10, 7:30-7:50, 8:10-8:30| Shapiro Family Courtyard

A unique klezmer-world music fusion by a violinist who has played with both Itzhak Perlman and Stevie Wonder.

Jenna Pollack “The Flared Place”

7:25-7:45, 8:00-8:20, 8:40-9:00|Gallery 260/261

This Boston choreographer premieres her JArts commission on the holiday themes of light and dark.

ASL interpreter for any speaking during final performance.

Spotlight Talks

7:15, 7:45, 8:15, and 8:45 pm | Gallery #’s 127, 142, 258

Drop in to the galleries for a 15-minute talk on an object from the MFA’s collection of Judaica. Presented in partnership with Eastern Bank.

ASL interpreter

American Sign Language Tour

7 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join Stephen Weiner to learn about works of Judaica in the MFA’s collection.

Rabbi Dan Judson, Stories

7:15, 7:45, and 8:15 pm | Gallery 250

Join Moth storytelling champion Rabbi Dan Judson as he shares Hanukkah-inspired tales. Presented in partnership with Hebrew College.

Judaica in the Galleries

Objects of Judaica can be found in these galleries:

Musical Instruments | Gallery 103D

Art of the Americas | Galleries 127 and 336

Art of Europe | Galleries 142, 144, 149, and 153

Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art | Galleries 158 and 258

Arts of Asia and Oceania | Galleries 175, 275

Learn more about the MFA’s Judaica collection at mfa.org/Judaica.

Scavenger Hunt

Find three pieces of art that share the light and miracle of Hanukkah and win a bright token. Presented in partnership with Solomon Schechter Day School.

Face Painting


Join the Vilna Shul for a little holiday adornment.

Hanukkah Treats

Enjoy latkes in the New American Cafe or treat yourself to Rugelah and a Sufganiyot bar in Taste Café. All for purchase.







Event information

December 18th
4:30 pm




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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Parking Information

Parking available at the MFA garage. Easily accessible by public transportation.