Sweet 16 for North Shore Hebrew Academy Gantze Megillah


On Sunday, 18 students at the North Shore Hebrew Academy Middle School, in Great Neck, will chant Megillat Esther for their schoolmates, faculty and families, in a special Purim Day assembly.

Over the past 16 years, 275 students at the NSHA have been instructed by Dr. Paul Brody, a dermatologist by profession (back row, third from left, holding Megillah case. This unique program enables students, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, to read the Megillah at various synagogues, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes, for those unable to attend public readings.

Rabbi Adam Acobas, Middle School principal (back row, fourth from right), and Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, head of school (back row, at far right), facilitate the students’ hectic schedules to enable adequate review time with Brody, who has chanted the Megillah for 45 years, including in the Great Synagogue in Leningrad in 1985 — where the gabboyim were actually members of the KGB.