‘Dreidel song’ used as anti-Semitic chant at game
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‘Dreidel song’ used as anti-Semitic chant at game

Fans sing verses from Hanukkah jingle during soccer match against team from town with large Jewish population

A heap of dreidels, ready for play (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
A heap of dreidels, ready for play (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

Fans at a high school soccer game in Connecticut are accused of using “The Dreidel Song” as an anti-Semitic taunt directed at an opposing team.

Fans of the South Windsor boys’ varsity soccer team chanted verses from the Hanukkah tune during a game last week against Hall High School in West Hartford, a town with a large Jewish population. No other chants were heard the rest of the game, according to reports. Hall won the game.

South Windsor High School administrators met with students who chanted the song during the game, the district’s superintendent of schools, Kate Carter, said in a statement, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. The incident occurred on Wednesday.

“We take this situation seriously and are committed to using this unfortunate incident as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and teachable moments,” the statement said.

Carter said the school would work with the Anti-Defamation League to provide programming for the students.

A video of the chanting was captured on a cellphone. The video was aired on NBC Connecticut.

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