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.
Here’s a video snapshot of this wonderful community celebration. This 6th annual event features:
Welcome and Community Menorah Celebration
6:30pm Shapiro Family Courtyard
Join us for community celebration of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah Menorah Installation: Persist and Rise From Ashes
4–10 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Created by artist Caron Tabb, this Hanukkiah embodies and tells the tale of Hanukkah; 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
Join local artist Kit Collins and the Rashi School to make your own 2-dimensional menorah. View the Hanukkah lamps located throughout galleries 142 and 149, and then carve your own candle stamp out of soft rubber. Over the next 8 nights, use your stamp to “light” your menorah.
4-9:30 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.
Russian Story Time
5:45 – 6:10 | Druker 160
Join the PJ Library and the JCC for a reading of ‘The Chanukah Bear’ in both English and Russian, as well as other Hanukkah favorites. An interactive event geared towards both young children and grown-ups.
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. In partnership with PJ Library.
Singer 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. In partnership with Gann Academy.
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. In partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
ASL interpreter for any speaking during final performance.
5:30–8 pm, Galleries 127, 142, 144, 175, 241 A, and 258
Drop in to the galleries for a 15-minute talk on an object from the MFA’s collection of Judaica.
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 champions Rabbi Dan Judson and Michelle Ephraim, Associate Professor of English, as they share 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 | Gallery 127
Art of Europe | Galleries 142, 144, 149, 153, and 241A
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.
4-9 | Druker
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.
4:30-6 | G-86
Come by to get a little holiday adornment that will make the celebration even more festive.
Enjoy latkes in the New American Cafe or treat yourself to Rugelah and a Sufganiyot bar in Taste Café. All for purchase.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA 02115 United States