On View

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.

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.

Carpet tiles generously provided by FLOR.

Media partner The Jewish Week.