Join us for the festival of Chanukah – also spelled Hannukah, or even Jannukka if you’re Spanish-speaking – however you spell it, we are celebrating the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights, with special FREE programming in honor of this special eight-day Jewish celebration which brightens and warms up the darkest and coldest time of the year.
And we will share the diversity of the Jewish experience with sharing traditional Jewish foods from all around the world which commemorate the miracle of the oil lasting eight-days, with delicious food fried in oil: sufganiyot (the Holy Land), buñuelos (Spanish), sfeng (North African), and latkes (Central and Eastern European). We will even be hosting workshops to learn how to make some of these very special seasonal treats that you wont want to miss!
THE EIGHTH NIGHT OF CHANUKAH (“Zot Chanukah / This is Chanukah”) – On the night of December 5th, 2021 at 7pm, join us for the height of the festival celebration when all the lights are lit and at their brightest, and enjoy some free holiday food with us and our local Boyle Heights neighbors.
Rituals will be officiated by Rabbi Robin Podolsky and Reb Shmuel Gonzales (the Barrio Boychik); in Hebrew, English and Spanish/Ladino.
Want to learn to cook some of your favorite holiday foods?
Join us for these two FREE events during the Chanukah festival.
We will light the menorah and then get cooking at 6:30pm.
Nov. 30, The Buñuelo Making Workshop
Dec. 2, The Latke Frying Workshop
Sponsored by: BOYLE HEIGHTS HISTORY STUDIOS (& TOURS), THE BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAVURAH, and the UCLA ALAN D. LEVE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES.
About our “taste-and-see” workshops:
Sometimes the only way to understand a culture is through taste, for this reason the good-book says: “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” (Psalms 34:8) We need to have a visceral experience with a faith culture to appreciate it, and food is the best way for people to enjoy that experience.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 6:30pm – Buñuelo Making Workshop. Learn both the history and learn the know-how to make the tradition winter treat of sweetened fried dough, culturally shared by Sephardic Jews for Chanukah and Christians during Christmas; making our own spiced pillocillo syrup for them as well. Did you know that buñuelos are actually mentioned in the first European translations of the bible from the original Hebrew interpreted into Spanish during the middle-ages? To this day they are special and sacred treats for Latinos of many faith traditions.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 6:30pm – Latke Frying Workshop. Potato pancakes are considered the quintessential Ashkenazi Jewish dish during Chanukah; however, did you know this was not historically the case until a rare famine left only the potatoes to eat in Poland in the 1800s? Latkes were once made out of cheese curds or chestnuts before the introduction to the Native American potato into the Central and Eastern European diet, we are going to learn about the evolution of these crispy potato pancakes that are simply irresistible; served up with apple sauce or sour cream to your liking!
Experience our museum and exhibits hosted at
BOYLE HEIGHTS HISTORY STUDIOS (&Tours):
We are once again open regular hours for museum visitors; Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, come out to experience our fine exhibit, “From Brooklyn Ave. to Cesar Chavez: Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights”; produced and sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the Hinda and Jacob Schonfeld Boyle Heights Collection.
Having graced the halls of Royce Hall at UCLA, Los Angeles City Hall and even the historic Breed Street Shul; we are proud to be able give this exhibit an accessible home and place to be celebrated daily here at Boyle Heights History Studios.
You can experience our expanded online exhibit @ https://scalar.usc.edu/hc/jewish-histories-boyle-heights/index
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 323- 90-BOYLE or 323-902-6953
BOYLE HEIGHTS HISTORY STUDIOS (& Tours)
2026 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033