NSHA Students Chant Gantze Megillah For Purim

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NSHA students proudly display their certificates after chanting the Gantze Megillah with (from left, back row) NSHA Head of School Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin; Great Neck Estates resident and instructor Dr. Paul Brody; and Rabbi Adam Acobas, NSHA middle school principal. Student Danny Kroll (front row, third from left) suspends a composite of modern day Hamans, who have  unsuccessfully tried to destroy the Jewish people. (Photo by Perry Bindelglass)
NSHA students proudly display their certificates after chanting the Gantze Megillah with (from left, back row) NSHA Head of School Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin; Great Neck Estates resident and instructor Dr. Paul Brody; and Rabbi Adam Acobas, NSHA middle school principal. Student Danny Kroll (front row, third from left) suspends a composite of modern day Hamans, who have
unsuccessfully tried to destroy the Jewish people. (Photo by Perry Bindelglass)

A milestone at the North Shore Hebrew Academy (NSHA) Middle School was reached on Purim this year on Thursday, March 24, when 19 students, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, chanted Megillat Esther (The Scroll of Esther) for their schoolmates, faculty and families in a special assembly.

During the past 15 years, more than 250 students in the unique curriculum at the academy have been instructed by Dr. Paul Brody, a Great Neck Estates resident and dermatologist. Brody has read the Megillah for more than 40 years, and once chanted it at the Great Synagogue in Leningrad in 1985, despite great peril, where the gabboyim (Sextons) were actually members of the KGB. As part of this NSHA program, Brody teaches and enables students to read the Megillah at various synagogues, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes for those unable to attend public readings.

Over the past 15 years, more than 250 students at the academy have been instructed by Dr. Paul Brody, pictured wearing tallit (a prayer shawl), along with Middle School Principal Rabbi Adam Acobas and Head of School Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, who is surrounded by the students.
Over the past 15 years, more than 250 students at the academy have been instructed by Dr. Paul Brody, pictured wearing tallit (a prayer shawl), along with Middle School Principal Rabbi Adam Acobas and Head of School Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, who is surrounded by the students.

To make this possible, middle school Principal Rabbi Adam Acobas and Head of School Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin facilitate the students’ hectic schedules to enable adequate review time with Brody. The students have attained a distinctive accomplishment, joining a small qualified group who possesses the knowledge to publicly chant the Megillah.

From left: Dr. Paul Brody (back row, third from left), holding the Megillah case, is pictured with Rabbi Adam Acobas, Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin and the students.
From left: Dr. Paul Brody (back row, third from left), holding the Megillah case, is pictured with Rabbi Adam Acobas, Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin and the students.

After completing the chanting of the Gantze Megillah—also known as the Book of Esther—which commemorates the victory of the Jews of Persia over their oppressors led by Haman, the evil prime minister, the NSHA students were given well-deserved certificates attesting to their individual accomplishments.

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