Hanukkah is coming up fast this year! The 8-day celebration begins on Sunday, December 2 and continues through Monday, December 10.  If you are looking for some holiday fun with your family, swing by the Skirball Cultural Center on December 2 for a day full of festivities.



About the Event 


The Hanukkah festival begins at 11:00 am on December 2, with festivities lasting until 4:00pm. The celebration of the ancient Jewish festival of light explores the themes of justice, courage, and persistence at the core of the Hanukkah story and the current exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.




Event Festivities 


The festival includes live performances, hands-on work shops and storytelling of the ancient Hanukkah tale. The the live shows include musical performances by klezmer band Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, roaming musicians Janice Markham and Melinda West, and dance leaders Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez. The Jewish Youth Orchestra and Urban Voices Project will also perform holiday tunes. 


In addition to musical performances, attendees can create a little light of their own with artist Belize Wilheim, and decorate chocolate Hanukkah gelt with ArtBites’ Maite Gomez-Rejón.


For those interested in a more traditional festivity, gather around and listen as the story of Hanukkah is brought to life in English and Spanish. 




Event Exhibitions


Throughout the day, enjoy the cultural exhibitions that the Skirball has up this time of year. You can visit the Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibition. Based upon the New York Times bestselling book of the same name, the RBG exhibition offers a visually rich, entertaining, and comprehensive look at the Supreme Court Justice’s life and work. It also highlights the challenges she had to overcome by becoming the first Jewish female Supreme Court Justice.


Another exhibition to visit while at Skirball is the year-round, children’s play exhibit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™. The exhibit encourages kids to “play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends” all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark. Tickets for the ark are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 






Enjoy Zeidler’s Café’s popular lunch menu including special Hanukkah dishes such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). The cart will be open throughout the festival, offering holiday treats and its usual fare of fresh salads and sandwiches.