It took only six days for Congregation Or Shalom in Orange to sell out all 400 tickets to the shul’s Dec. 18 concert featuring the popular Yeshiva University a capella group, The Maccabeats – and then another 400 showed up the next night at West Hartford Town Hall to enjoy the group’s performance at the annual community-wide Chanukah Celebration hosted by Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford (SSDS).
The Maccabeats released the group’s first album, “Voices from the Heights,” in March 2010. Their Chanukah-themed single “Candlelight,” released in Nov. 2010, received more than 6 million hits on YouTube. On May 17 of this year, the Maccabeats performed for the President at a White House reception marking Jewish American Heritage Month.
“The holiday of Chanukah is a time to celebrate joy” said Rabbi Elliot Goldberg, SSDS head of school. “Schechter is proud to be able to create a space in which the community can come together to sing, dance and enjoy the holiday spirit.”