Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nicole's Hanukkah party

On Sunday I went to my Hebrew school's Hanukkah party. The party was from 1-3 in the afternoon. There were around 35 people. People brought Jewish food like whitefish salad and bagels. There was also pasta salad, fruit, cupcakes and cookies. We all sang songs to celebrate the holiday. My family also learned some really cool things when we were talking with the other guests. One thing I learned is that secular Jews do not believe they are the “chosen” people. My school is a secular humanistic Hebrew school. One man, Bennett, who spoke Yiddish, told us how interesting Yiddish language can be. He also talked about how in the 1930s and 40s Yiddish media was very popular on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. In fact, that is where my Chinese grandfather grew up speaking Yiddish with his neighbors!
One of my teachers, Paula, told me how much she likes Allen Ginsberg’s poetry. I am writing my graduation paper about him and Robert Frank. But before I start writing the paper, I will be celebrating Hanukah with my family.
Until next time, Nicole

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