|Worshippers pray near a Hanukkia.(Photo by: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)|
Top 5: Enlightening Hanukka activities in Jerusalem
By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
With so many enriching Hanukka-themed events in Jerusalem for the family, you'll want to plan ahead to make the most.
One of the most magnificent places to be in Jerusalem on a
Hannuka evening is MamillaAlrov Avenue with its festive lights lining the avenue
and the spectacular view of the Old City walls.
This year, there will be a
beautiful exhibition of menorahs along the avenue andlego for kids, taking place
between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the second floor of the indoor mall.
will also be two daily festive lightings, one in the indoor mall at 5 p.m. (7
p.m. on Saturday), and the other at the main entrance boulevard from
Shlomo Hamelech Road at 6:30 p.m. (7:45 p.m. on Saturday).
Yitzhak Kariv Street, Mamilla
Phone: (02) 636-0000
When: December 8
– December 15
Hannuka at the Israel Museum includes several
light-inspired activities and events, one of which is the multi-sensory and
high-impact show Pyromania. Using the most advanced technology, Pyromania
explores the battle between light and darkness using sound, light, dance and
The show is suitable for ages four and up, and takes place on the
designated days at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. It is recommended to book
tickets in advance.
Address: Ruppin Boulevard, Givat Ram
Price: NIS 60 (adult); NIS 40 (children); includes
When: December 11– December 13 at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to enjoy festive candle-lighting
on the second night of Hanukkain the charming neighborhood of Nahalat Shiva in
downtown with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
After the lighting (and on all other
nights of Hannuka) there will be a bustling fair with live music, street
performances, wine tasting, menorah exhibitions in shop windows, discounted
ceramics, and a bowl of warming soup for only NIS 12 – 15.
Nahalat Shiva Street, Nahalat Shiva
When: Candle-lighting: December
9 at 6 p.m.;
Fair: All other evenings from 6 p.m.
There are a number of enriching and original events taking place at the
Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem over Hannuka suitable for the whole
family (ages four and up). There will be a fire demonstration, lighting
of a musical Hanukkia and experiments with fire using different chemicals. Other
workshops on offer vary from encoding workshops for older kids to secret writing
workshops for younger ones, and mathematics workshops where science and magic
The auditorium will show Cube Circus by the Puppet Theater, a
moving performance without words that combines puppets, visual arts and dance
theater. In addition to the fascinating current exhibitions such as "Traces of
Light" and "Innovation Ltd," there is a new art exhibition related to the work
of Alan Turing and an installation called Apple Talk that involves two computers
talking to each other using two microphones and software that converts text to
speech and voice.
Address: Museum Row, Givat Ram
Phone: (02) 654-4888
40 (Jerusalem card holders: NIS 32); free for under 5 year olds When: December 9
– December 18.
Family fun at Bible Lands Museum
Hanukka program at the Bible Lands Museum caters to a Hebrew-speaking audience,
there is plenty that English speakers will enjoy such as the creative art
workshops (an additional fee).
The story of Hanukka and tales of ancient Greece
come alive for children as they get the opportunity to follow brave heroes and
the Maccabees through the Museum's many galleries. There will be guided tours on
offer for adults in English and Hebrew.
Address: 25 Avraham Granot
Street, Givat Ram
Phone: (02) 561-1066
When: December 9 – December
13 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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