Gilman Students Learn About Hanukkah

The Jewish Students Association (JSA) presented to the Upper School Assembly about Hanukkah. One of the first slides prepared by Matt Grossman ’22 and Jack Goldman ’22 playfully explained how Hanukkah is similar to many other Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!”

The presentation also offered the story and miracle of the festival of lights — how the oil burned for eight nights (which is why the holiday lasts as long) — as well as traditions that many families include in their celebrations, like lighting a menorah and eating fried foods. They concluded with a game of Hanukkah trivia. (View the presentation here.)

Upper School students weren’t the only ones to get in on the Hanukkah fun. Kindergartners got a virtual visit from a couple of moms who shared with them about the traditional Hanukkah game of dreidel. Similar to a spinning top, the boys practiced their skills flicking and spinning colorful dreidels. They learned which Hebrew letter each of the four sides of the dreidel represents and how to play the game and keep score. They listened to the story “The Night Before Hanukkah” and learned about holiday traditions. Each boy even got his own dreidel to take home and enjoyed a jelly-filled munchkin — if you check out the JSA trivia slide, you’ll see this is called sufganiyot — as a special morning treat!