hanukkah festival 2016

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Hanukkah Family Festival

Light for the People

Sunday, December 18, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

About the Program

This year’s festival honors the light of creativity and hope that helps the whole community achieve great things together. Revel in the spirit of the holiday with music, dance, printmaking, storytelling, and other family-friendly fun. Families of all backgrounds are welcome!


Mostly Kosher
11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this high-energy, L.A. band accompanied by celebrated dance leader Bruce Bierman. Groove to klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains in a musical feast of jazz, Latin, world, and folk music.

Douglas Ewart and the Orbit Ensemble
12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Spinning tops from around the world abound in this interactive presentation! Crafted from repurposed materials, the tops dazzle together with lively music, movement, spoken word, and more.

Triumph of the Egg featuring Zada Mendoza
1:00 p.m.
Enjoy this contemporary world music trio, joined by vocalist Zada Mendoza, as they perform a blend of Sephardic, Eastern European, American blues, and Latin American music. And learn traditional Sephardic dances from dance leader Gilberto Melendez!

Noah Shalom and Brendan Brandt
Sing along to Hanukkah tunes and other songs about light with this roving, guitar-playing duo, performing at various times and locations throughout the day!

Art Activities

Participate in printmaking workshops with the renowned Boyle Heights visual arts center Self Help Graphics & Art. Create a unique work of art to take home with you, and contribute to a community art installation with artist Dewey Tafoya and a team of talented printmakers.


Gather ’round as talented Skirball storytellers Nina Silver and Julia Garcia Combs bring to life the Hanukkah tale amidst the Hanukkah lamps on display in Visions and Values.

Exhibitions and Tours

Visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™. Limited one-hour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Or take a family tour of Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A., and check out the Hanukkah lamps on display in Visions and Values.

Dining and Shopping

Enjoy Zeidler’s Café’s popular lunch menu including special Hanukkah dishes such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Zeidler’s Cart will also be open throughout the festival, offering holiday treats and its usual fare of fresh salads and sandwiches. Pick up unique holiday merchandise at Audrey’s Museum Store.

More to Explore

Learn more about the Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball.