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Festival of Lights at Viewpoint: A Hanukkah Celebration Illuminates Our Community
Festival of Lights at Viewpoint: A Hanukkah Celebration Illuminates Our Community

The scent of latkes filled the air as students, staff, and faculty gathered on campus to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on Friday, December 8.

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is a Jewish festival spanning eight nights and days, often called the "Festival of Lights" symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. The central tradition involves lighting the menorah, with a candle lit each of the eight nights.

The Primary and Lower School kicked off the festivities, featuring a Hanukkah table arranged by parent volunteers with activities including coloring and dreidel games, alongside homemade latkes and sufganiyot.

"We wanted to educate the children on Hanukkah traditions and create a warm atmosphere for them in the coming year," explained Natalie Itkin, a Viewpoint Parent.

During lunchtime, Middle and Upper School students held their celebration, led by the Jewish Student Union.

Co-President Shai Haim ’24 shared that the Jewish Student Union began preparing for the event in September, even collaborating with a local Jewish bakery to provide over 450 donuts for the Viewpoint community.

"My father, born in Israel, moved to Los Angeles at age two, while my mother is an Ashkenazi Jew," Haim explained. "For me, Hanukkah transcends culinary aspects, encapsulating family, culture, and the celebration of historical and present-day miracles."

Hanukkah will continue through the evening of Friday, December 15. We extend warm wishes to everyone at Viewpoint for a wonderful and joyous holiday celebration. 

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