NU Bucket List #84: MFA Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Want to enjoy Hanukkah and learn about Jewish heritage all in one place? Head to the MFA! For the 4th year in a row, the MFA will be hosting a celebration of Hanukkah! Read on to learn more about all the Jewish and Hanukkah themed music, art, tours and other great events and activities you can find at this special MFA event!

From 4:30-10:00 pm on December 13th you can enjoy free admission to the MFA to enjoy their Hanukkah celebration! The lighting of the artist made menorah, Ziv, for the second night of Hanukkah will begin at 6:30pm in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. Ziv, meaning splendor in Hebrew, is a large-scale menorah designed by Somerville artist Ariel Basson Freiberg reflecting designs from ancient ceramic oil lamps.

You can enjoy a variety of musical performances throughout the museum all night long! Head to Gallery 268 to see the acoustic duo Book of J for unique performances combining old-time religion and modern social justice. Want a taste of traditional klezmer music? Enjoy performances from Klezperanto in the Shapiro Family Courtyard! For the full list of musical performances and times, click here.

For a more in depth exploration of Jewish art and culture, head to Galleries 127, 142, 222, and 334. There, you can enjoy Spotlight Talks from experts sharing more information about the art you will see and other stories about the immigration and assimilation of Jews in the United States. You can also find other Jewish art featured in Jewelry Gallery 104, Musical Instruments Gallery 103D, and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art Gallery 258.

We’ll be taking a hiatus over winter break! But don’t worry, we’ll be back in the Spring every week posting one more thing you MUST do before you graduate Northeastern. As always, you can tag us in/tweet us a picture of you doing our thing of the week, and you could get featured on our twitter or instagram, or win some pretty awesome prizes (including your favorite Husky swag)! #NUbucketlist