On November 25, 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.
The menorah was created in the spirit of Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun’s “State of the University” speech, where he mandated that Northeastern, “…be a model of diversity, not just among universities, but in society. We are, and must continue to be, a place where every student, faculty, colleague, and staff member feels welcome, regardless of her background, beliefs or faith. We must continue to be a place where a culture of respect prevails in all that we do…”
Northeastern Hillel is proud that through its celebration, it was able to give body to President Aoun’s words. Watch the interactive performance art piece, taped for inclusion in a music video and featuring former American Idol contestant Brett Loewenstern!