Familiar from Jewish weddings and bar mitzvahs, the song “Hava Nagila” inspires dancing and joyful memories. So what is the origin of the song? How did it become so popular?
Join us on Saturday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. We’ll begin with Havdalah, followed by a screening of the film Hava Nagila and discussion led by Dr. Steve Carr. Described as a “documentary romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish standard, the film features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor, and more.”
The film “follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people.” Watch the trailer. A favorite is Danny Kaye and Harry Belafonte singing the song together in 1965.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 15 to the Temple office (260) 744-4245 to say you plan to attend. Thanks to Dave Flapan for chairing the evening.