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Family ArtBash Sundays: Spinning Tales of Light and Magic

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 • 10am–3pm

ADMISSION: Admission is free for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth 18-22, on Family ArtBash Sundays

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2017-12-10 10:00:00 UTC2017-12-10 15:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CAFamily ArtBash Sundays: Spinning Tales of Light and MagicJoin us for a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, storytelling, and a special episode of Shaboom!—the Jewish animated kids' series.

Join us for a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, dancing, storytelling, and a special episode of Shaboom!—the Jewish animated kids' series.

The CJM is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our family audiences. To request ASL interpretation for storytelling and musical performances, email at least 2 weeks in advance.

Presented in partnership with Support for Families with Children with Disabilities and BimBam.

schedule of events


Drop-in Art Studio

Create enchanted scenes and folktale settings with watercolor and other fine art materials.


To celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah—join one of the dreidel games happening in the lobby.

The Calming Corner

Relax, read, or play in a quiet and less-crowded space.

The Art Pushcart

Play with our roving gallery guide and a collection of games, materials, and hands-on activities.


The Bird of Happiness and Hanukkah Tales

Join puppeteer Daniel Barash of The Shadow Puppet Workshop as he brings Hanukkah and Jewish folktales to life on the shadow screen. Experience the premiere of a tale inspired by "The Bird of Happiness," a Jewish folktale from Iraq featured in the exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid.

Celebrate Hanukkah with Shaboom!

Watch a special episode of the Jewish animated kids' series on the big screen (11 mins).


Storyteller Joel ben Izzy in the Gallery

Become enchanted as you experience the storytelling of Joel ben Izzy, as he takes you on enchanted folktale journey around the world.


Family Dance Party 

Get ready to move and groove in a creative movement workshop for children of all ages and abilities. The class will focus on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, and most of all…fun through movement!

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families and professionals of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.


BimBam's digital storytelling sparks connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.

Daniel Barash

Director of The Shadow Puppet Workshop, Daniel Barash travels around the country as a teaching artist working with educators, students, and families. Using the ancient art of shadow puppetry, in which shadows are cast upon a lit screen, stories and folktales from around the world are brought to life. 

Joel ben Izzy

After having studied storytelling at Stanford, Joel ben Izzy set off to travel the world, gathering and telling tales. Since then, his travels and workshops have taken him to some 35 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America, and Africa. He has also become one of the nation’s leading story consultants, with clients ranging from the Federal Reserve Bank to Pixar Animation. Though the stories he tells come from everywhere, his Jewish heritage has always been at the heart of his work. ben Izzy is also an award-winning producer of six storytelling CDs and two books. The first, his memoir, The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, has now been published and translated in 18 foreign editions and is in development as both a film and a musical. His newest book, Dreidels on the Brain, a fictionalized Hanukkah memoir, received the Sydney Taylor honors and was chosen as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. 

Dwayne Scheuneman

Dwayne Scheuneman was an accomplished wheelchair Track and Field athlete when in 2002 he sought out dance as a means of cross training. The physicality and the creativity of dance quickly leaped to the forefront of Scheuneman's interest and he began taking dance classes and performing with Asher Dance Eclectic in Tampa, Florida. It was also at this time when he began taking workshops and attending dance festivals with internationally recognized dance companies such as AXIS Dance Company, CANDOCO, and others. In August of 2005, Scheuneman started REVolutions dance, a physically integrated company in Tampa. Since that time, Scheuneman has collaborated with choreographers and dancers to create and perform in numerous dance pieces. He also established a weekly dance class for children with and without disabilities in Tampa and has worked with children with disabilities throughout the states and abroad. Scheuneman has had a close relationship with AXIS Dance for several years and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the AXIS family. 


Family Programs are made possible with presenting partnership by Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Major support comes from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Supporting sponsorship is provided by Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe. Additional support comes from Blick Art Materials.

Puppet Shows at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Executive Director Lori Starr and by Rick Oginz.

Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Toole Family Charitable Foundation and The Morse Family Foundation.

Image Credit

Header image: Gary Sexton Photography. Dwayne Scheuneman photo by David DeSilva.