Hanukkah In CLE
Celebrating Hanukkah in Cleveland
Hanukkah, is a very special eight-day celebration known as the "festival of lights," which is steeped in spiritual meaning and brought to life by the more than 80,000 Jewish Clevelanders and their families every year. It's a ceremonial nod to that one special jar of oil that lasted for a miraculous eight nights during the heroic rededication of the Jewish Temple.
Cleveland offers a number of Hanukkah events, as well as some other Jewish-related happenings.
It's all about the little kiddos (ages 8 and younger) at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's Eighth Night of Chanukah event on Dec. 7. Kids and their ‘rents can celebrate the season with a morning filled with mitzvah crafts, stories and even a parade.
Stationed at the Western Reserve Historical Society, representatives from the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will teach visitors, locals and people of all faiths about Hanukkah during University Circle's Holiday Circlefest on Dec. 7.
Explore Jewish culture through the music of Bert Stratton and Irwin Weinberger of Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band, the giving/receiving of Hanukkah gelt and the crafting of edible marshmallow dreidels and beeswax candles
The Cleveland Orchestra is not only one of the most revered orchestras in the world - it's also extremely accessible to kids! Children ages 3-6 can learn all about different instruments and music stylings during a 40-minute concert covering the Music of Chanukah at Temple-Tifereth Israel on Dec. 14 at 12:30pm.
Celebrate the festival of lights during the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage's Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 17 at 5pm. Children and their families are encouraged to partake in the ceremony while enjoying some cookies, singing and other festivities.
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presents a one-of-a-kind multimedia exhibition centered around Hitler's use of propaganda during WWII. Organized by the United States Hologcaust Memorial Museum, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda provides an eye-opening look at how the Nazi's used their knowledge of mass communication to acquire power throughout Germany.
The exhibition runs Nov. 13 - March 15 and features a series of propaganda-related programs that challenge visitors to re-evaluate how they consume media messages every day.
For most Jewish families, Christmas Day (Dec. 25) can be a little lackluster. The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage changes all that with their annual (and hugely popular) Chinese Food & Movie Day.
From 11:30am - 4pm, visitors can enjoy this annual tradition of a Chinese food buffet and two movies celebrating the human spirit - selected by movie-goers on the day of.