Annual Purim Ball

Join us for exclusive Purim Ball that raise vital funds for the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. These festive events are not to be missed.

The 35th Annual Purim Ball will take place WEDNESDAY, FEBRAURY 24, 2021, at 7:30 PM EST. This year’s ball will be a virtual gala.

HONOREES
Shari and Jeff Aronson
Jonathan Horowitz

MAYER SULZBERGER AWARD
The Jewish Museum’s Essential Staff

CO-CHAIRS
Meg and Bennett Goodman
Stacey and Curtis Lane
Nancy and Morris W. Offit
Tracey and Robert Pruzan
Harriet and Leonard Schleifer

For information, please contact Melissa Mundy at PurimBall@dsconsultinggroup.com.

Holiday of Holidays

The Holiday of Holidays Festival will run for its 27th year in Haifa, city of religions, cultures, food, and views.

The festival is an initiative of Beit Ha’Gefen – Arab-Jewish Cultural Center, and the Haifa Municipality, which was founded in 1993 and takes place in Beit Ha’Gefen and Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony in Haifa.

The aim of the festival is to promote and foster tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art.

The festival presents art exhibitions, artist meetings, and various performances with an emphasis on cultural diversity in Haifa and Israel.

The works are displayed both in the public space – the alleys of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood coming to the German Colony, Haifa, and in the Beit Hagefen Gallery and this year also on billboards throughout the Hadar neighborhood – a special exhibition by Haifa artists!

This year we will celebrate together from 10-20 December – and due to this year’s unique circumstances we will have most of our events On Line.

The Holiday of Holidays festival is the culmination of the year of activity at Beit Ha’Gefen, and is designed in the spirit of the values of Beit Ha’Gefen.
Our activities are based on the belief that interpersonal acquaintance and encounter with another culture, its stories, cultural and spiritual assets, are important for breaking down barriers and building trust between different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in Haifa and Israel.

Photo credit: Shaula Haitner Pikiwiki Israel

Hanukkah Cooking Class

Hanukkah is almost here! As days grow cold and dark, everyone begins to dream of comfort food. How about adding homemade kreplach to your repertoire?

Back by popular demand, Chef Andrea Quinn will show us how to make these delicious Jewish dumplings. There will be meat and cheese fillings to choose from (or try both if you’re feeling ambitious). Kreplach can be fried to fit the Hanukkah theme, or served in soup. This will be a fun and cozy way to spend an afternoon together.

Get your recipe and shopping list with ticket purchase, and come cook with the Jewish Gateways community. All levels of experience are welcome.

QUESTIONS: Contact Jewish Gateways at info@jewishgateways.org or 510-545-9977.

Chef Andrea Quinn is a Bay Area native with over twenty years of experience as a pastry chef, small business owner, and most recently Resident Chef at Sur La Table.
She has owned and operated bakeries specializing in custom cakes in California and Hawaii and worked in restaurants large and small. Chef Andrea’s core principles are her commitments to quality, sustainability, and team leadership. Her satisfactions working in the industry range from the simple to the grand — from creating a perfect dessert to improving ethics related to food.

We so enjoyed her Rosh Hashanah baking class with Jewish Gateways that we are continuing a holiday-related series of classes with her.

Virtual Israeli Cultural Evening and Chanukah Celebration

Although Chanukah begins Thursday the 10th, tonight the celebrations begin with a special cultural evening.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or even just New Year’s Eve, tonight we are embracing the Holy Land and celebrating the holiday season with a virtual visit to Israel.

On December 9th, embrace the historic spirit of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv in a multi-faceted cultural Israeli evening.

VIRTUAL HISTORIC TOUR OF CHANUKAH

An expert tour guide will join us for a historical tour of the origins of Chanukah.  The Festival of Lights this year begins on the evening of December 10 and runs through the evening of the 18th. This eight-day celebration commemorates the Dedication of the Temple after Judah the Maccabee and his comparatively tiny army led a revolt against the occupying Syrian-Greeks forces.

Through images and discussion, we will revisit the times of the  Maccabees and the miracle of the eight nights. We also get a special virtual tour of how the Jewish people celebrate the holiday in Israel and different parts of the world.

ISRAELI COOKING DEMONSTRATION

An Israeli chef will demonstrate how to make special dishes in time for the holidays.

ISRAELI WINE VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION

An Israeli wine expert will showcase some special brands, discuss their origins, the proper way to enjoy them, and will offer secrets on how to best get them.

ISRAELI MUSICAL AND DANCE PRESENTATION: 

Get off your chairs and dance along to an Israeli musical presentation and dance presentation from native performers. (Pre Recorded from the Embassy of Israel).

IMAGES FROM ISRAEL

Discover the historical and artistic highlights of Israel– the more you see, the more you’ll seek!

VIRTUAL TOUR OF BETHLEHEM:

Our virtual guide will rejoin us for a tour of modern Bethlehem and show us the sites relevant to the upcoming Christmas celebration.

CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

We will finish the evening with some virtual games, traditions, and mingling.

Tu B’Av

Tu B’Av (the 15th of Av) is undoubtedly a most mysterious day. A search of the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) reveals no observances or customs for this date, except for the instruction that the tachanun (confession of sins) and similar portions should be omitted from the daily prayers, and that one should increase one’s study of Torah, since the nights are growing longer, and “the night was created for study.” The Talmud tells us that many years ago the “daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards” on the 15th of Av, and “whoever did not have a wife would go there” to find himself a bride.

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Tzom Tammuz

The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.

Shavuot

Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer is a minor holiday that occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot. A break from the semi-mourning of the Omer, key aspects of Lag B’Omer include holding Jewish weddings (it’s the one day during the Omer when Jewish law permits them), lighting bonfires and getting haircuts.

Pesach Sheni

Pesach Sheni means “Second Passover [Sacrifice].” It marks the day when someone who was unable to participate in the Passover offering in the proper time would observe the mitzvah exactly one month later.

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