Otto Natzler, Hanukkah Lamp, 1956. Earthenware with lava glaze. Credit: The Jewish Museum, NY. Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund and Gift from Mimi R.T., Ruth I., and Lewis D. Surrey in honor of Albert W. Surrey

Highlights Include Selections from the World’s Largest Hanukkah Lamp Collection, Family Programs, and Shopping

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum! Highlights include a selection of Hanukkah lamps on view from the Museum’s renowned collection; special family programs including a concert with Oran Etkin on December 25; and unique menorahs, dreidels, and gift items available for sale in the Jewish Museum Shop. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 18, and runs through Monday, December 26. The Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays, and children 18 and under are always free. Timed tickets are strongly recommended.

 The Jewish Museum Hanukkah Lamp Collection

The Jewish Museum’s collection of Hanukkah lamps is the largest in the world at nearly 1,050 pieces and was amassed over the 118 years of the Museum’s existence. A selection of lamps are currently on view in Scenes from the Collection, including Peter Shire’s Menorah #7 (1986), a portable Hanukkah lamp from the 18th century, and an earthenware lamp from 1956 by Otto Natzler. An over-five-foot-tall Hanukkah lamp (1752-53), which was likely first used in a synagogue in Odessa (present-day Ukraine), will be on view in the Museum’s lobby during the holiday. Virtual visitors can check out our Google Arts & Culture online exhibitions of Hanukkah Lamps from the collection here and here.

Programs

Hanukkah Art Mix

Sunday, December 18, 2022, 11 am – 3:30 pm EST, Scheuer Auditorium & Exhibition Galleries

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with artmaking and an exploration of striking Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum’s galleries. Capture your discoveries through playful drawing activities, collaborate on an “illuminated city” installation with The Giant Room (a creative hub for children), create unique Hanukkah card prints, and re-mix everyday materials to design a holiday sculpture inspired by art on view in New York: 1962-1964. The Giant Room will be leading their drop-in installation project from 11:30am-1:30pm. All other activities are ongoing.

Free with Museum Admission; children 18 and under are free. Reservations are recommended. Click here for admission tickets and select a timeslot on December 18 between 11:00 am and 3:15 pm.

Oran Etkin Concert

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Two Sets! 11:30 am to 12:30 pm or 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Scheuer Auditorium, Ages 3 and up

Hear jazz, klezmer, and the music of Africa as Oran Etkin weaves global melodies and rhythms. Enjoy tunes from Wake Up Clarinet!, Finding Friends Far From Home, and Gathering Light in honor of Hanukkah in this musical world party.

Tickets: $18 Adult; $14 Adult Jewish Museum Family Member; Children 18 and under are free. Includes Museum admission. Concert ticket reservations are required for both adults and children to reserve seats. Purchase tickets for the 11:30 am show here. Purchase tickets for the 2:30 pm show here.

The Jewish Museum Shop

The Jewish Museum Shop is the ultimate destination for Hanukkah, with a range of menorahs, dreidels, gifts, and more to help celebrate the holiday.

The Shop has a wide array of Hanukkah lamps, including the Peacock Blue Rainbow Menorah ($254) handmade in Columbia by Tchotchke; one-of-a-kind twisted and folded Wiggle Menorahs ($445) handmade by Brooklyn-based artist Julia Elsas; a folksy, hand painted flower menorah ($85) made in Israel by Yair Emanuel; and a handcrafted mermaid menorah ($85) made from a recycled oil drum in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. 

The Shop also has a selection of dreidels, including a handcrafted sterling silver acorn-shaped dreidel ($450) made in Israel by Avi Nadav; an assemble-your-own wooden dreidel kit ($14) designed by TouchwoodDesign in Jerusalem; and fused-glass dreidels ($30) by Judaica artist Gary Rosenthal. 

Don’t forget to shop for Hanukkah candlescards, and giftsExplore our website for more Hanukkah related items.

Exhibitions on View

On view through January 8, 2023, New York: 1962-1964 explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, examining how artists living and working in New York responded to their rapidly changing world, through more than 180 works of art—all made or seen in New York between 1962-1964. Explore this exhibition as well as the Museum’s collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, on the third floor.

Holiday Hours

On Saturdays, December 24 and 31, the Museum will be open from 11 am – 4 pm. The Museum is open on Sunday, December 25 and Sunday, January 1 from 11 am – 6 pm. Visit TheJewishMuseum.org/Visit for hours, ticket information, and visitor protocols.

About the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is an art museum committed to illuminating the complexity and vibrancy of Jewish culture for a global audience.  Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, in the landmarked Warburg mansion, the Jewish Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. 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. The public may call 212.423.3200 or visit TheJewishMuseum.org for more information.