Chanukah is always a warm and happy time and it was no different in our very own W. 65th home. While most of our students went home for Thanksgivukkah, they came back to campus to celebrate Chanukah! Each night girls lit their menorahs together and filled the halls with songs and laughter. Nightly activities kept the celebration going strong.
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
It all started with the classic competitive game of dreidel. The students put their gelt where their mouth is and laid it all on the line. The games ran tournament-style and the winners won gift certificates to their favorite places.
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It’s a rare occurrence, but this year Chanukah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day. So, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgivukkah!
And a hybrid holiday deserves a special treat. Our alumna Alison Barnett, chef and blogger of AliBabka.com, seems to have created the perfect recipe to celebrate the convergence of these two delicious holidays: the Pumpkeetotake. Yum!
By Samantha Gursky
"Five months of phone calls, train trips, and door knocks culminated in the best celebration of unity I have ever seen."
One week after the semester ended in June, I received an e-mail from Bill de Blasio’s campaign for New York City mayor. “It’s going to be a very exciting campaign, and I am looking to recruit help in Queens,” it said. “A NYC Mayor’s race is bigger than a race for Governor in 36 states, and this is an open seat so it will be even tighter.” The election was less than two weeks ago, and everything I expected to gain from campaigning in the mayor’s race was surpassed by everything I accomplished.
I was hired as the Team Leader for the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel and coordinated the voter outreach in the area. I am a resident of Far Rockaway, and have worked for many of the elected officials who represent the area. With the knowledge I gained from working in the Rockaways, I reached out to voters and recruited volunteers from around the area to contribute to the campaign’s general efforts to address the community issues in South Queens.
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