San Diego Jewish Academy highlights Hanukkah

San Diego Jewish Academy kindergarten through fifth-grade students lit the menorah, ate potato pancakes and learned about Hanukkah in Israel and Israeli culture.

The third-grade choir, Kol Tikvot, took their singing voices on the road as they visited Seacrest Retirement Home and Jewish Family Services and brought the joy of Jewish music to the elderly community during the Hanukkah season.

The parent-teacher organization provided students with doughnuts — called sufganiyot, they are eaten during Hanukkah, as they are also cooked in oil and serve as a reminder of the temple oil that lasted eight days — as well as treats and playful gifts.

Upper School students teamed up for Hanukkah this year with Toys for Tots, an organization that collects toys for underprivileged children during the holiday season. Students collected new, unopened toys between Dec. 14 and 18. SDJA’s Associated Student Body added more spirit to the campus by creating exciting and entertaining Hanukkah activities including a doughnut-eating contest, a dreidel spin-off and a classroom door-decorating competition.

A highlight of Hanukkah took place on Dec. 14, when the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) Musical Ensemble performed for kindergarten through 12th-grade students.