Meyer Academy celebrated its 2nd Annual Hanukkah Zimriyah (Hanukkah Songfest) on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 with approximately 800 students, staff, parents and community supporters. The event is a community Hanukkah celebration that showcases the students' musical and artistic talents, as well as their knowledge of Jewish history and culture.
"After seeing our students practice and perform the beautiful songs in our Zimriyah, I know that years from now the Hanukkah menorahs will burn brightly in the homes of these amazing children," said Meyer Academy Hebrew and Judaic Studies Principal Maya Scwartz. "Nothing will extinguish these lights."
At the event, more than 300 students sang Hanukkah songs ranging from modern Israeli to traditional and Ladino (pre-16th centurey Spanish mixed with Hebrew, also known as Judeo-Spanish). The Meyer Academy's middle school band, under the leadership of Music Director Asis Reyes, provided musical accompaniment for the singers. Teachers performed Israeli folk dance, as well as comedic skits. The school's active Parent-Teacher Organization, which sponsored the event, also created a "JibJab" computer animation featuring school administrators "rapping" a Hanukkah greeting.
"The word Hanukkah literally means 'rededication,' and this celebration is a true rededication of our school's commitment to shining light into the world wherever darkness may exist,"
said Headmaster Nehemia "nammie" Ichilov. "Our Hanukkah Zimriyah truly accomplished this mission."
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