Manginah is so honored and proud to have received the award for "Club of The Year" at the Celebration of Service dinner this evening. The celebration of service is a community-wide celebration of Brandeis' commitment to Service and Social Justice. Hundreds of students join with their peers, faculty, staff, and community partners in celebrating each other. We are so humbled and hope to continue serving our campus and local community. We are inspired and thrilled and thank Waltham Group for this award!
Hello there, Manginah friends and family!
Last sunday, April 21st, Manginah had its 19th Spring Semester Show! And what a show it was. Manginah: A Love Story featured all of the members of Manginah singing love advice to our frazzled HIllary Schulman, who started the show revealing to us and the audience that she was having relationship problems. Mathew told her her problems were an existential void as he sang Vi'eich Shelo; Jenna told her she should be treated like a flower ("Ani Chavatzelet HaSharon"); Racheli and Matt put some perspective on "boundary issues" by radically comparing Hillary's relationship to the Jewish state ("Ani Ma'amin"); Jess suggested stalking her soulmate ("Ito LaNetzach"); and Zoey kept us all in check by making sure we didn't shower Hillary with too many consolation compliments ("Machmaot"). And more!!
It was a great success and we felt so proud to sing all of these great songs for our friends and family. Then...at the end I (Gabriella) was in for a surprise, when Louis ('12) came up from the audience and - with Manginah's melodic help - proposed to me in song!!
The show certainly ended with a bang, and the video of the proposal is getting the group some GREAT publicity. Feel free to check it out below!
We are wrapping up the semester, but not before voting in next year's board! I am proud to announce that next year's Manginah board will be (drumroll...)
Coby Fleischman (President)
Jenna Kahane (Musical Director)
Racheli Berkovitz (Business Manager)
Zach Silver (Secretary)
Gabriella Feingold (Board Member Liaison)
My current position, Historian, has yet to be filled...but have no fear! You will always get your favorite Mangi-updates.
And that's it for the semester! Happy Spring and Summer and we'll see you next year!!
We started off rushing out after Shabbat on April 6th to sing in Sudbury, MA at Congregation B'Nei Torah's fundraiser with MIT's Techiya and Tuft's Shir Appeal. We love singing at synagogues because the audiences are always so receptive and fun! We were sad to have missed Techiya's performance, but we got to stay for Shir Appeal and were impressed by their a cappella innovation! Thanks for showing us some new stuff, Shir Appeal!
The next day, we took a scenic drive to sing with Generations at the Coleman House old age home. Generations creates programs every few weeks to bring some young faces to this lovely home. Whenever I've gone, the residents are always happy to hear from us and love to chat about our lives after. Coby even met "the coolest lady ever!" who made her promise to come back and visit.
On Wednesday, smack dab in the middle of rehearsal, we ran through the rain over the Ridgewood Commons on campus to sing at Tympanium Euphorium's I Love You Because coffeehouse (Tymp is a student run musical theatre group on campus). There, we got to debut our newest, gospel song, Yom Yavo ("A Day Will Come"), feauting Matt Lee and myself (Gabriella)! It is Matt Lee's first solo since he joined the group this semester and he has been rocking it!! Make sure to come to the spring show on April 21st to hear it live!
The next night, we, along with Ba'Note (Brandeis' all-girls Jewish a cappella group) had the honor of representing Jewish A Cappella Music at B'Yachad LaNetzach - the semester show of the elite Israeli dance troupe on campus. We had a great time watching them and other groups perform their impressive choreography, as well as hearing Jewish-themed poetry by Andrew Lustig, a slam-poet who came all the way from Israel.
Then, on Friday....we were off the Rutger's University in New Jersey for Kol Halayla's Shabbat A Cappella!!
Shabbat A Cappella is an annual event hosted by Rutger's co-ed Jewish a cappella group, Kol Halayla. We were hosted by generous Rutger's students, fed by Rutger's Hillel and met a slew of extremely talented vocalists. On Shabbat day, all of the groups did workshops together in which we shared warmups, created voice-part cheers, and improvised a number all together! My personal favorite activity was "Mashups that Should Never Happen" in which random groups of 8 had fifteen minutes to create and sing mashups that did not belong together (my group did "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and "Call Me Maybe"). It was a great time!
Manginah spent the afternoon in the park, playing frisbee until a certain accident shattered the frisbee (don't worry - we're all okay). After Shabbat, we rushed to change for the culmination of the weekend - an a cappella concert featuring all four groups who attended! We LOVED watching these extremely talented groups and we learned so much about new things to try and old school things to bring back. Thank you to all of the groups for an incredibly entertaining and educational evening.
Finally, we all headed out to get frozen yogurt together before making our way to the after-party. On Sunday we made the 5 hour drive back to campus, and now we are back home, resting (sort of) and preparing like crazy for our semester show this coming Sunday!!! It's been quite the April, and one none of us are likely to forget. For your supreme enjoyment (hopefully), here is a video of our final song from the Saturday night concert. Don't forget to buy your semester show tickets to come see it live! Enjoy!
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