The Monday before break, and a week before Hanukkah officially kicked off, was not too soon for the Upper School Jewish Affinity Group to get into the holiday. More than forty students joined advisor Mrs. Stine and Mr. Whelan for some healthy(ish) potato latkes, a few rousing games of dreidel (with a refresh for the rules), other treats like babka cake, traditional gelt and some festive chatter.
Mr. Whelan also used the opportunity to gather the students to rehearse for their GFA scream-along rendition of Adam Sandler's the Chanukah Song. Students gathered around the Head of School and suggested some fun 2022-appropriate edits to the crowd favorite.
It was an hour filled with stories, great food, and connection and exactly what the group has encouraged.
A little trivia? Ever wonder why you see so many different spellings for the name of the Festival of Lights? Does it start with a "C" or an "H"? End with an "A" or an "H" and just how many "Ks" are on there? Here is a little explanation why all versions are really acceptable and interchangeable. It has to do with the not literal translation between the Hebrew and English alphabet.
So have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hanukkah, happy Chanukah.