MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE OFFERS FREE EVENTS THIS WINTER SEASON

CLEVELAND, OH — Free for the holidays? The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage opens its doors at no cost this winter during special holiday events!

From lighting candles on Chanukah to making cards on Christmas to hearing live music on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to “meeting the presidents” on Presidents’ Day, there are several upcoming FREE opportunities for the community to engage with this Cleveland cultural hub. (2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, OH; Registrations encouraged: 216-593-0575 or www.maltzmuseum.org)

Free Winter Happenings at the Maltz Museum (organized by date)

SUN, DEC 22, 1:30PM TO 3PM
CHANUKAH CANDLE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, also known as the miracle of lights, which begins this night at sundown. People of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to hear the story of Chanukah, sing along to traditional tunes with live music performance, make holiday crafts, and enjoy kosher cookies, in addition to exploring the Museum. Special guest PJ Library offers free book sign-ups and bonus activities. Free with registration. Sponsored by Friends of the Maltz Museum.

TUES, DEC 25, 11 AM TO 5 PM
CHRISTMAS DAY CAN-CAN, “GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, PAY WHAT YOU CAN”

Bring a canned good donation and/or pay what you can toward Museum admission

Get into the giving spirit of the holiday season! Donate to explore the inspiring stories in the Museum’s newest exhibition— Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, see the treasures and ritual objects in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery and share in the Jewish immigrant experience that makes up An American Story. The day also includes a chance to craft greeting cards for sick children at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Canned goods will be donated to the Kosher Food Bank and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

STOP THE HATE® YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY COMPETITION
Free for Northeast Ohio 6-12th graders in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull & Wayne counties

GRADES 6-10: ESSAYS DUE WED, JAN. 9, 2019, 11:59PM
GRADES 11-12: ESSAYS DUE WED, JAN. 16, 2019, 11:59PM

Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world in 500 words or less, young leaders can win big. $100,000 in scholarships, prizes, and anti-bias education grants is awarded each year. www.maltzmuseum.org/STH

MON, JAN 20, 11 AM – 5 PM
COMMUNITY EVENT: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION
Free & open to the public

Join us for free all day at the Maltz Museum! Honor iconic civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens who fought against discrimination by celebrating the everyday hero in you. Tour the Maltz Museum’s core and special exhibitions while enjoying hands-on crafts and activities on this family-friendly day! Schedule and activities to be announced. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee.

MON, FEB 17, 11AM – 5PM
FRIENDS OF THE MALTZ MUSEUM PRESENT A PRESIDENTS’ DAY CELEBRATION
Free and open to the public

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with a free, family-friendly day at the Museum! Participate in crafts and activities, plus explore our special exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, and our core exhibitions. Plus, kids can “Meet the Presidents” with a special presentation in the gallery. Hear from past presidents such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and more! You’ll have the opportunity to take photos with the presidents and enjoy a kosher cookie. Check back for specific times on when Presidents will perform. Presented by the Friends of the Maltz Museum.

Space is limited and reservations are always recommended. For more information on these and other Maltz Museum events and exhibitions, call 216.593.0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org