Thursday, November 14, 2013
The unusual concurrence of Thanksgiving Day and the first day of Chanukah this year has resulted in an outburst of creative music videos, comedy routines, satire, and parody. Some are individual efforts and some are ensemble performances.
But this is the first time we've seen what looks like an entire school -- faculty, staff, and student body -- all participating in an extensive production.
Kehilla Schechter Academy in Norwood, Massachusetts is really getting into the spirit of the two holidays by performing The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah, an original production number by Rabbi David Paskin, the Head of School. (Lyrics and performance schedule are on the school's web page.) Also known as the Rock n' Roll Rabbi, he has won wide praise for his accomplishments across the spectrum of Jewish life, as a rabbi, educator, and musician.
Here's the school performing The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah. It's energetic and uplifting. Too bad it's not going to be performed again for another 77,000 years!
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