Hava Nagila

‘Hava Nagila,’ The Film

Documentary chronicles song’s journey from shtetl to cliché.

01/08/2013

You’re at a wedding or bar mitzvah, mingling at the bar or catching up with a distant relative,

“Hava Nagila (The Movie)”. Courtesy “Have Nagila The Movie”

‘Hava Nagila’: From Ukraine To YouTube

New reflections on a classic grown old.

09/19/2012
Associate Editor

The beauty of downtown’s Museum of Jewish Heritage is that it is of a piece. To get to its newest exhibit, “Hava Nagila: A Song of the People,” wander through other rooms: Ukrainian shtetl life, old Kiddush cups and white kittle gowns; photos from a Displaced Persons camp; escape to the Yishuv (the Jewish community in pre-state Israel). Wander, then, into the “Hava Nagila” room and the song is understood with a poignancy long ago lost.

In the 1950s, “Hava Nagila,” already a hit at Jewish celebrations, became a crossover hit for singers such as Harry Belafonte.

Aly Raisman Headed For Israel

08/12/2012

Gold-winning American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her and her family to make their first visit to Israel.

Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” won an individual gold medal in her floor exercise last week and a bronze on the balance beam after helping the U.S. women’s team take the gold.

Tumbling Jewish Star Leads “Fab Five” To Olympic Gold

08/01/2012
Staff Writer

 

Sports fans this week learned about the mettle – and the gold medal – of Alexandra “Aly” Raisman, the 18-year-old American gymnast who led her women’s team to victory in the Summer Olympics in London. Her performance on floor exercise, done to a jazzed-up version of Hava Nagila, sealed the U.S. squad’s victory over the Russian women.

Tumbling Jewish Star Leads “Fab Five” To Olympic Gold

08/01/2012
Staff Writer

Sports fans this week learned about the mettle – and the gold medal – of Alexandra “Aly” Raisman, the 18-year-old American gymnast who led her women’s team to victory in the Summer Olympics in London. Her performance on floor exercise, done to a jazzed-up version of Hava Nagila, sealed the U.S. squad’s victory over the Russian women.

Aly Raisman: That's no Chanukah gelt.

The Problem With Cultural Reclamation

05/29/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Recently I discovered a band talented enough to change my mind about “Hava Nagila,” a song I find so personally annoying I banned it from the setlist at my adult bat mitzvah. The band in question is Abraham, Inc. and they call their version “The H Tune.”

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