A new exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage charts the surprising history of the universally familiar, if not universally popular song, "Hava Nagila." Melissa Martens, curator of the exhibit "Hava Nagila: A Song For the People," shares the story of the Jewish tune, and its journey from Ukraine to YouTube.
"Hava Nagila" has been performed by a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians from Harry Belafonte to Celia Cruz to Girlyman and more. Listen to a playlist of some of our favorite versions, and be sure to read about John Schaefer's vain attempt to keep the wedding music staple out of his own reception.
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