With the horrific terror attacks in Europe still fresh in our collective minds, an all new music video titled Hava Nagila strikes an optimistic chord with a musical affirmation of the Jewish nation’s solidarity with our brethren in Paris and in Copenhagen.
A modern take on the iconic Israeli folk song, Hava Nagila stars Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz, who took to the streets of Paris with filmmaker Daniel Finkelman to show both locals and the world the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people.
“We spent a week in Paris and people there are scared,” said Finkelman. “I saw with my own eyes as Muslims walked by, pointed their hands like guns at us and called out ‘Jew, Jew!’ in French. It felt like Europe in the 1930’s and we want the Jewish community of Paris to know: ‘The world cares about you. We are here for you and we are not going to leave you.”
“Its all about people taking a stand and refusing to be bullied, we will not hide our identity as Jews, we are proud to be Jewish,” added Gad Elbaz.
Producer and choreographer Zvika Bornstein summed up their message in three words: “cheer over fear.”
Composed by Elbaz with lyrics by Zvika Bornstein, HavaNagila is a Sparks Next production, co-directed by Aharon Orian from Olam Umeloo and co-produced by Shlomi Cohen with ZOAB Entertainment. Featuring choreography by Bornstein and Daniel Wdowik and dancers from New York, Israel and Parisian locals, Hava Nagila is an explosion of positive energy and optimism that affirms the unbreakable bond that unites Jews worldwide.
Hava Nagila was sponsored
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