Community Day:
Hanukkah at WAM 2021

A mother and her young daughter smile happily holding a colorful picture of a menora

Sunday, December 5, 10am-4pm
Free admission (Free First Sunday)

We are delighted to partner again with the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA on our third “Hanukkah at WAM!” Join us for a full-day Hanukkah celebration with activities for all ages, including Klezmer music, live latke demonstrations, story times in collaboration with PJ Library, art activities, and discussions about the traditions and history of Hanukkah.


  • 11am–3pm
    • Drop in Art Activities, Higgins Education Wing
      • Studio 101 – Decorate Dreidels
      • Studio 102 – Hanukkah Stained Glass Project
    • Menorah Display, Lancaster Lobby – Learn the stories behind the menorahs on display courtesy of the Worcester JCC.
    • Dreidel Games, Lancaster Lobby – Test your skills.
    • Scavenger Hunt – Search for Paintings of Light. Pick up at Salisbury or Lancaster Entrances.
  • 11am–12pm & 2–3pm, Conference Room
    The Broken Candle, 9 minute animated film directed by Felix Kiner. Continuous showings.
  • 11am & 3pm
    Docent tours of What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann (and the search to get it back).
  • 11:30am, Museum Café
    Potato Latke Cooking Demo with Matthew Kline.
  • 11:30am–2:30pm, Lancaster Street
    Grub Guru Food Truck featuring Middle Eastern Cuisine.
  • “PJ Library” Storytime, Museum Library
    • 11am: When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel
    • 11:45pm: Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
    • 1:15pm: The Golem's Latkes by Eric Kimmel
    • 3:15pm: The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman
  • 12:15pm, Conference Room
    Wacky Menorahs and Over-the-Top Hanukkah Decorations, Rabbi Valerie Cohen, Temple Emanuel Sinai.
  • 1pm, Conference Room
    The Monuments Men and Their Connections to the Worcester Art Museum, with Jim Welu.
  • 2pm, Renaissance Court
    Klezmer Nutcracker performance, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.
  • 3pm, Renaissance Court
    Hanukkah on One Foot, Rabbi Aviva Fellman, Congregation Beth Israel.
Still photo from 'The Broken Candle' animated movie A girl watches a boy coloring a menora picture Children gather around as a story is read to them in the Museum Library The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra A display of various types of menora