Composer Matti Kovler was so fired up about the vandalism of the Northeastern campus menorah last year that he knew he had to do something about it. Check out his vision of a live menorah for a joyful way to celebrate the end of the Festival of Lights!
On November 25th, hundreds of Northeastern University students and administrators gathered in Krentzman Quad to celebrate the release of a new Chanukah song with Northeastern Hillel. The song, entitled “Suf-Ga-Ni-Ya,” was based on a tune by Israeli singer Noa, and adapted by composer Matti Kovler, Jewish Music Theater’s Artistic Director and Northeastern Hillel’s Artist-in-Residence.
At the end of the video, the joyful dancing crowd formed a “live menorah,” comprised of students, sending a resounding message of support for the Northeastern community’s commitment to diversity. Northeastern’s interactive performance art piece was taped for inclusion in a music video featuring former American Idol contestant Brett Loewenstern.
“Over 500 sufganiyot (donuts) were given out in 15 minutes…It was an exhilarating experience to have so many community members come together in Krentzman to celebrate the resurgence of Jewish life on campus,” said Northeastern Hillel’s Executive Director Arinne Braverman.
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