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Hanukkah 2017 in the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Lighting of the Candles with Musical Accompaniment

This year’s lighting of the Hanukkah candles in the Glass Courtyard will be a special celebration – international musicians from the “Neukölln Shtetl” festival will accompany the approx. 15-minute ceremony with joyful, festive sounds.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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.

Café Schmus offers a selection of tasty Hanukkah treats:

Latkes with apple compote and sour cream 7.50 euros
Latkes with smoked salmon and sour cream 11.50 euros
Sufganiyot with plum puree or currant filling 2.00 euros
3 Mini Sufganiyotsk 2.50 euros

Hanukkiah in the Glass Courtyard; JMB, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

Where, when, what?

  • When Tuesday 12 December 2017 until
    Tuesday 19 December 2017, 4 pm
    Friday 15 December 2017, 3.30 pm
    and Saturday 16 December 2017, 5 pm
  • Duration 15 Minuten
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

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