Sephardic Academy of Manhattan Head of School to Lead UN Candle

Sephardic Academy of Manhattan Head of School to Lead UN Candle Lighting Ceremony

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NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan (the "Academy") is pleased to announce that Rabbi Elie Abadie, Head of School, will be lighting the United Nations Hanukkiah, this evening, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The ceremony will take place at United Nations Isaias Wall  at 1st Avenue and 49th street. Please click here to contribute to the Academy's Spread the Light campaign.

The United Nations acknowledges human rights as well as humanity's right to freedom, including that of religion.  The Hanukkiah lighting ceremony is open to all races, religions and ethnicities.  It will be a celebration of all that unites us as the human family that we are: our yearning for ever-more light at a time that humanity, hopefully, emerges victorious with light over darkness and the forces of human rights and freedom successful over intolerance.

"The Hanukkiah is a symbol of freedom and expresses the yearning of people to exercise their religious beliefs without any external imposition. It reflects a notion that world should have ever-more light, as one candle is added each night, at the darkest period of the year," stated Rabbi Elie Abadie, Head of School.

Michelle Dayan, Executive Director continued, "Tonight we light all eight candles. Seeing a full Hanukkiah after lighting one candle each night, reminds me of our teacher's dedication in giving light to the world, one student at a time."

About the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan
The Academy is founded upon a model of whole-child education and implements an integrative approach that is influenced by the Franchetti-Montessori Method, Reggio Emilia and other humanist and progressive philosophies. The Academy grounds its students in the beauty, artistry, academics and traditions of Sephardic Judaism. It is the newest link in an unbroken chain of educational values that have been developed in communities around the world and transmitted in every generation for over a millennia. The Academy aims to reinterpret the word Sephardic, so that it is not merely a geographic designation or lineage appropriation, but is synonymous with a universalist approach to education and an unmatched standard of excellence. It will use research-based methodologies to thoughtfully integrate Judaic and general studies and to develop the moral, intellectual and academic capacities of its students, priming them to be successful scholars, leaders and role models in Jewish and world communities.

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