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Schechter Hannukiah

December 22, 2017
By Ofra Hiltzik, Upper School Principal
                    

Hannukah is now over, and we prepare to take a break and usher in the start of winter.  But I must tell you that I am still feeling the glow of our Hannukiah candles.  These individual flames grow in number and intensity as the holiday progresses, reminding us of what is important: dedication to our resilience, strength against odds, comfort of family, celebration of togetherness.   Ultimately, we celebrate the light, radiating in darkness and warming our souls.

We have our own Schechter Hannukiah, blazing brightly throughout the year:

     Our shamash is our beloved faculty, inspiring and caring for each candle;
     Candle #1: Our 6th graders, becoming true citizens of our school;
     Candle #2: Our 7th graders, emerging into bright and engaged students;
     Candle #3: Our 8th graders, eagerly becoming ready to enter high school;
     Candle #4: Our 9th graders, impressing us with their ability and drive;
     Candle #5: Our 10th graders, demonstrating support and generosity towards each other;
     Candle #6: Our 11th graders, exploring their identity and figuring out their place in the world;
     Candle #7: Our 12 graders, reaping the rewards of their hard work as they hear from colleges and astound us all;
    Candle #8:  Our alumni, completing the Hannukiah and spreading their light and their footprints to the wider universe of college and the workplace.

 

We have much to celebrate and commemorate as we enter 2018, a reminder of chai and a continuation of Schechter's Jubilee.  But I'd like to linger just a bit longer in the glow of Hannukah, in the light of our small school of big ideas and even bigger hearts.

A happy and healthy new year to you and yours.

Ofra Hiltzik
Upper School Principal
Posted in December 2017

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