Young Friends of the Museum have transitioned the annual Light Up The Night event into a social media event series on the Museum’s Instagram – @museumofjewishheritage – in light of health and safety concerns. The Event Chair is Marc Schlesinger and Host Committee Members are: Sonja Cabasso, Spencer Gordon, Ryan Greene, Alyssa Greengrass Sommer, Michael Handman, Cali Hersch, Matthew Rubin and Jaclyn Steinbach.

The Light Up the Night Series: A Young Friends Instagram Takeover will be held at 7:00 PM (ET) over three of the holiday’s eight nights, each featuring a unique virtual event:

Thursday, December 10
A latke-making demonstration led by Madison and Park Hospitality Group’s David Teyf, who is the executive chef and operates Lox at Cafe Bergson at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. [See his latke recipe below.]

Monday, December 14
A cocktail-making class with Evan Hawkins, Co-Founder of Big Fun Booze Club, the new fun way to enjoy cocktails at home. [See his cocktail recipes below.]

Thursday, December 17
A Menorah-lighting ceremony outside of the Museum, located in Battery Park City, with members of the Young Friends board.

This year has been an especially challenging one. The pandemic has been devastating for cultural institutions, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage is no exception. With antisemitism on the rise, the Museum’s mission of fighting bigotry through the lessons of the Holocaust has become even more critical. As a result, we have been rapidly expanding our online presence to reach a worldwide audience and bring the Museum into everyone’s home.

Although things may seem dark, this community can help us usher in a brighter future. YOU have the opportunity to illuminate the importance of the Museum’s mission and ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten.

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We are pleased to share that all contributions made this Hanukkah of $108 or more will be matched by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Marian Klein Feldt and Matthew Goldstein. Double your impact today by supporting the Young Friends of the Museum.

As you light the menorah candles this Hanukkah, please know your commitment to our mission is deeply impactful and will help sustain the Museum as a beacon of education for generations to come.

Young Friends is a group of young, Jewish professionals (ages 21-39) who are involved in an array of dynamic programming that celebrates Jewish heritage and preserves Holocaust memory. Anyone wishing to become a Young Friends member of the Museum should visit For more information about how you can get involved, email or call 646.437.4225.


2 pounds potatoes(approximately 4-5 potatoes)
2 Vidalia Onions
For frying: Grapeseed oil
Salt and Pepper


1. Start by grating the onions into a strainer set atop a metal bowl. Then grate the potatoes
2. Remove the water that is released in the bowl.
3. Season the mixture with two teaspoons of sea salt and pepper. Mix gently and turn pan on.
4. Once the pan gets hot add grapeseed oil and allow that to come up to temperature.
5. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and add one spoon to the pan.
6. Gently flatten the latke with the spoon and wait until the edges turn golden brown.
7. Flip the latke and cook for an additional minute.
8. Remove the latke from the pan and add it on a plate lined with paper towel.
9. Finally, plate the latke and add any topping you desire and enjoy with friends and family.

Old Fashioned

2 oz Bourbon
.25 oz Demerara Syrup
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Stir over ice and garnish with an Orange peel

Mojito (Evan's version - blender style)

2 oz of Aged Rum
.75 oz o lime
.5 oz of Demerara Syrup
5 mint leaves.
6 cubes of ice

Blend and serve then garnish with a mint sprig.