8 Things to Do for the 8 Nights of Hanukkah in Jerusalem

 8 Things To Do For The 8 Nights Of Hanukkah In Jerusalem

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 8 Things to Do for the 8 Nights of Hanukkah in Jerusalem


Hanukkah is a cultural highlight of Jerusalem’s winter season. Here is our list of eight things to do in Jerusalem this Hanukkah; all projects and institutions receive support from the Jerusalem Foundation.

Saturday, December 24: Opening of the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, the Cinematheque, 8 pm: The opening of the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, which shows films from around the world focused on Jewish identity, will feature a screening of "Denial", and include a speech by Deborah Lipstadt, the historian whose fight against Holocaust denial inspired the film.

Sunday, December 25: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Beit Masie, 9 pm: This concert, which plays tribute to the renowned singer-songwriter, is part of the Maor Festival of Jewish Performing Arts, produced by the Jerusalem Theater Company.

Monday, December 26: Shlomi Shaban, the Yellow Submarine, 9 pm: This concert will feature the famed Israeli musician in a special piano performance, playing new renditions of his songs.

Tuesday, December 27: Hanukkah in a Different Light, the Bloomfield Science Museum, 10 am to 6 pm: This series of family-friendly exhibits and activities focused on the science of light includes a light-box making workshop, a flashlights workshop, a guided tour of a shadow and light exhibit, dreidel games, and more.

Wednesday, December 28: A Journey Through Traces VI, 1:00 pm to 6:15 pm, various art galleries: This series of intimate tours and discussions with different curators at galleries throughout the city is part of the Drawing Biennialle at the Artists’ House.

Thursday, December 29: Where Have the Bees Gone? A Family Hanukkah Activity, Muslala, 10 am to 12 pm: This series of kid-friendly activities will explore the science of bees, as well as their mysterious disappearance, and will include the chance to interact with the bees at Muslala’s organic beehive.


Friday, December 30: Welfare of the Monarchy, Artcube Artists’ Studios, 10 am to 2 pm: This fascinating look at the Belz sect of Hassidim in Jerusalem provides an intimate glimpse at a Jerusalem community whose ways of life are often closed to the outside observer.


Saturday, December 31: Groundhog Day, the Cinematheque, 9:30 pm: What better way to end Hanukkah and usher in the new year than with this classic comedy about time and new beginnings?