Hava Nagila: A Song for the People
On view through April 20, 2014

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world. The exhibition traces the song's hundred-year journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe, to communities of early Jewish settlers to Palestine, to the banquet halls of America where it remains a centerpiece of both communal memory and popular culture.

The Museum is actively seeking photographs and digital images of people dancing, performing, or listening to the song for possible inclusion in the project and related materials.  Upload your material through Pinterest or Tumblr or e-mail Alice Rubin at arubin@mjhnyc.org to submit by e-mail.

Visit the interactive exhibition website.

Read the review in the New York Times.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People was created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Priscilla and Harold Grabino, and the Nartel Family Foundation. The exhibition is designed by SITU Studio and MTWTF and features an exhibition film by Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain. Materials for sound domes generously provided by NUDO Building Products. Laser engraving generously provided by Beartown. tiles generously provided by FLOR. partner The Jewish Week.



TOP LEFT: Mothers of the bride and groom in chairs, at the wedding of Barbara (Babs) Haber and David R. Marcus in Queens, NY, 1975. Courtesy of David R. Marcus. TOP RIGHT: Harry Belafonte recording in a studio, c. 1957 ©Courtesy of Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images



Directions to the Museum | Membership | EMail Sign Up | Site Map | Press Room | Contacts

Edmond J. Safra Plaza | 36 Battery Place | New York, NY 10280 | 646.437.4202 | info@mjhnyc.org
© 2015, Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. All rights reserved. | Terms of Use