On the opening night of Berlin’s own klezmer festival “Shtetl Neukölln” we will light the Hanukkah candles in the Glass Courtyard in the most joyful musical company – Klezmer sounds and dancing with the international festival musicians in an All-Star Shtetl Concert, with latkes and kosher mulled wine from our museum café.
Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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Started in 2016 by the team behind the Neukolln Klezmer Sessions, this is Berlin’s third annual grassroots gathering, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Yiddish music, language, culture, art, and life. All are welcome to five days of concerts, workshops, dances, food, songs, lectures, films, and jams with an international community of artists and teachers.
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, celebrates the restoration of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. In 164 BCE, a group of Jewish rebel fighters called the Maccabees regained control of the Temple from its previous Hellenistic rulers. According to an account in the Talmud, a single container of oil was found in the ravaged Temple, which should have only sufficed to light the Temple’s candelabrum (or menorah) for one day but miraculously kept it burning for eight days and nights.
Ever since, in the winter holiday of Hanukkah, the Hanukkah candles are lit on eight consecutive nights. Over the centuries, the triumph of a small band of resistance fighters against a mighty army grew into a legend that bolstered a common identity, praised bravery, and gave reason to believe in miracles.