You are cordially invited to Noah's class party. Sufganiot will be served! (Noah wrote the parts in pencil)

Black lights! Props! Choreography! It was a Channukah extravaganza spectacular like you’ve never seen.

We were told that we’d be impressed. Noah told us there were a lot of songs.

“4 or 5?”

“No, more.”

“6? 7?”


We didn’t quite trust his count, but he was right.  We thought we were going to a Chanukah party with some songs, but it turned out it was a Chanukah show with some snacks at the end.  The performance went on for about an hour and included at least a dozen songs.  Each song had its own props or costumes, with musical instruments, and a teacher in the front reminding them of the dance moves.  In this slide show, each new prop means a different song. One highlight was two parents dressed up in silly costumes doing a skit to music about a couple looking for the ingredients of their sufganiot. The soundtrack is one of the songs that the boys sang (when they were sitting on the floor with funny hats on).

Since Grandma and Grandpa had traveled the furthest to be there, Noah’s teacher Yafa invited “Saba Lawrence” to light the chanukah candles with Ella’s Saba Moshe who had come all the way from Tel Aviv.

lighting the chanukiah with the sabas and Noah's best friend, Ella

In this movie, you get a real sense of the elaborate staging:

We’ve noticed two types of children in holiday performances–belters and mouthers.  As he was in the US, Noah is definitely a mouther.  That’s okay, thirty-six belters would have been a bit much.

We noticed one friend of Noah’s wasn’t there.  When we saw his dad a few days later he confirmed they’d been out of town, but said they’d be sure to make it to the next show, at Purim.

After the show we celebrated with sufganiot and mingling with the stars.

Noah with his friend Tomer

Noah with best friend Ella