Celebrating Chanukah at our High School

December 11, 2015 | By

Sharing the light of Chanukah

Kislev is a month filled with light and joy and our students are always looking for opportunities to share and spread their own personal light and joy to others. The girls invited the women from the Ohel Bais Ezra to  a pre-Chanukah party with cookie decorating and dancing. Watching the women from the home dance with our girls and celebrate the chag with smiles on their faces could undoubtedly be an interpretation of the phrase “והדליקו נרות בחצרות קדשך”. With spunk, flare, kindness and warmth, our Shulamith students succeeded in spreading this great light.  Thank you to our Chessed coordinator, Ms Fischman, for putting it all together!


A Chanukah Color War…

We then kicked off the start of Chanukah with an incredible color war! Focusing on essential messages of the chag, the girls were divided into Teams Emunah and Hishtadlut. Working both in and out of school to make color war special, they competed in a math olympiad, musical chairs, a latke “chopped” competition, dodgeball, Jeopardy, Cupcake Wars led by pastry chef, Mrs Allman, an apache relay race, and a gym olympiad.

Visitors would not have recognized our HS, as our wing was transformed into a splash of colors- as we walked through the splitting of the sea and a virtual ropes course, as the girls brought their themes to life!


From creating banners to IMovie presentations, collecting over 300 articles of clothing for Achiezer and the Shulamith uniform gemach, and participating in the Kli project which supports Israeli products – it’s astounding what these girls could accomplish!  Both teams have so much to be proud of. The banners and iMovies they produced were  complex and nuanced representations of their themes, faith and perseverance. They displayed not only incredible artistic talent, but also enormous depth. At some point or another, everyone’s strengths – whether they be artistic, academic, athletic, or emotional – shone through. Members of both teams worked hard and worked together, and they have set the bar high for the future of Shulamith High School Color War. Thank you to Ms Vais for her incredible dedication and to our student government officers, Mindy Schreck and Chevi Charlap, for bringing this vision to life!

We are so proud of our color war generals, Sela Pollack and Hadassah Allman!

Though color war ended on Tuesday, our Chanukah  festivities continued. In art class, girls melted candles to help create our Chanukah bulletin board display. Then, in English class, girls analyzed the metaphors of light and dark and worked on creating writing samples that were publish ready work.

As Hadassah Allman, our student, wrote:

Albus Dumbledore, from Harry Potter once said, “Happiness can be found even in the darkness of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” It is up to us to choose to be happy. We can either let sadness consume us or we can turn on our own light, and drown out the darkness.
The expression “turn on the light” doesn’t only refer to happiness, but also to positivity. We should always try to find the good in every situation.

At Shulamith, we look to find the light and positivity in our lives and in others.
We ended our week by celebrating each other with a happy and fun Mystery Maccabe gift exchange! With poetry and wit, teachers and students challenged each other to guess the recipient of their gifts.  It was so much fun!

We hope you enjoy your Chanukah weekend off!

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