Chanukah in Jerusalem: Events Will Light Up the Holiday

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Jerusalem to Offer A Plethora of Cultural Events

To the City's Residents & Visitors for Chanukah

Chanukah and Christmas decorations are abound in Jerusalem, with the hope of bringing new light to the city that has recently seen darker days. Chanukah decorations hang from electricity poles on major streets, Christmas lights adorn windows in the Old City's Christian Quarter and the pleasant aroma of traditional holiday pastries permeates the air.

The following is just a sample of the many events in Jerusalem over the holiday season for children and adults alike:

The Bloomfield Science Museum will be celebrating Chanukah with a variety of special activities and exhibitions around the theme of light and shadow: "MakeLight" is a new exhibit combining interactive installations, light and technology; giant light and music displays with; games with light and shadows and more. The museum will even be open late at night (until 1:00 am!) as part of Jerusalem's annual winter festival, Hamshushalayim!

The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum will for the first time host the Jerusalem Storytellers Festival intended for the adult public, including a tour of Chanukah menorahs in the Old City's Jewish Quarter. The festival will feature musical and theater performances as well as the telling of Jerusalem stories. The museum will also conduct special programs for the entire family through the new exhibition Hanerot Halalu ("These Lights")on display.

The First Station (Jerusalem's restored historic train station) will conduct public candle lightings followed by various cultural activities each night: a community donut fillings competition as part of a scrumptious Sweets Fair, a workshop on edible sculpting for donut toppings, a play for families depicting "The Story of the Latke", an evening of boogie dancing and even a special performance by students at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio.

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem will invite the public to an extraordinary guided tour for the entire family of archaeological findings in the citadel from Jerusalem's Hasmonean period, through the moat and the enormous Kishle building that will be opened to the public for the first time. The museum will also offer early evening Chomot v'Chanukiot ("Walls and Menorahs") tours, a family experience full of light, especially for Chanukah. Part of the tour, which passes through the Old City's streets and alleys, will be conducted by the light of oil lamps.

The Incubator Theater will conduct four theater performances over Chanukah, providing a special, fun, affordable and original alternative for the enjoyment of children and their families. The theater will host the Kumkum Theater Company for two original performances, "S.O.S." and "Kumkum!" and two Incubator Theater productions, "A Brothers' Doing" and "I'm A Sandwich".

The Ein Yael Living Museum will offer a variety of family workshops in the spirit of the holiday: an oil lamp making, pita baking, olive oil pressing using ancient oil presses restored, ceramics, musical instruments, fresco painting and many more surprises.

The Jerusalem Cinematheque – Israel Film Center Will conduct the 16th Jerusalem International Jewish Film Festival traditionally held during Chanukah, presenting dozens of films from Israel and around the world, including premier screenings. Children will also have plenty to enjoy, including quality children's films alongside relevant, fun workshops and fascinating encounters. Thus, for example, author Galila Ron-Feder will speak about groups of friends, followed by a screening of the timeless French children's and youth comedy La Guerre des boutons ("The War of the Buttons") about two groups of children from different villages.

The Yellow Submarine Music Club will as always be offering a rich program of musical performances, such as the Collective Band who will appear on the third night of Chanukah (Dec. 18) and Shlomi Shaban and the Piano on the fifth night of Chanukah (Dec. 20).