Tuesday, October 20th 2020   |

Community Day School wins runner up video prize

Community Day School (CDS) has won one of the runner up prizes in the Avi Chai Foundation Jewish Day School Alumni Video Contest. Members of the local community and those along the Gulf Coast registered 407 votes for the video by the former New Orleans Jewish Day School alumnus Max Vizelberg, now a sophomore student at Harvard University. The school wins $1,000, while Vizelberg gets a $500 cash prize.

In a scene from the award-winning video, Max Vizelberg raps the praises of Community Day School.

CDS marketing associate Lauren Ungar thought it was significant that so many votes were registered on behalf of the video, especially given the nature of the much larger communities in New York, Florida and Los Angeles. “It’s wonderful that people cared enough to vote for us and pass it around to their friends,” she exclaimed. “If anything it’s recognition through a national organization and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

Ungar also indicated the school was grateful to have an opportunity to reconnect to alumni and get them more involved in the running of the school.

Following public voting at the Avi Chai website and reviews by 10 judges of the project, the CDS video was afforded the opportunity to be considered as a finalist.

Fourth and fifth graders at CDS in a scene from the "Shalom Y'All" rap.

In the video, school alumnus Vizelberg recited a “Shalom Y’All” rap in admiration of CDS, while scenes featuring current fourth and fifth grade students were shown. Taped on location in both Boston and in New Orleans, the video was edited and produced by Ungar, who served as its overall director. According to the rules of the contest, the school had to use existing technology and the production had to be in-house. Both Vizelberg and Loeb used iPads and flip cameras to capture the video, while Ungar edited the finished product in New Orleans using Microsoft Movie Maker.

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