I write this from the bus heading to New York; my new home after Brandeis. It's a pretty emotional time - but my time with Manginah ended with such a bang that I really can't help but feel overwhelmingly grateful and proud.
Our semester show this year featured our 10 favorite songs in our repertoire, plus some cheesy goodbyes for me and Coby (we are heading out into the world a semester early), and, of course, our flagship/alumni song, Amen.
The highlights of the show were many - in fact, I would say every song was a highlight!! But some especially exciting moments were…
Singing our newest Hebrew songs: Tagid She'ata Ohev (feat. Coby and Matt Sidell) and Eretz Yisrael (feat. Jenna)….
Our fantastic finals senior solos (if I do say so myself), featuring Coby Fleischman on Vi'eich Shelo and myself on Chelek Mimcha…
Wowing the crowd with our rendition of Too Close featuring Abraham Woo…
And I have to say I just LOVED (as always) watching the newest members really hit their stride and give the crowd a run for its money. Serious congrats go to Danielle, Danny, and Abraham.
We couldn't have been more thrilled for the love, support, and applause from our wonderful audience. And while I won't be onstage the next time around, I have no doubt that there are more incredible things to come. So stay tuned y'all!!
Ps. For goodbye presents they gave Coby a stuffed pumpkin-pug (pug in a pumpkin) and me a personalized Manginah-picture water bottle (which I will never lose)! Manginah is the best.
This semester has been an amazing one. We kept busy with many of our great performances on and off campus. Our Newbies (Danielle, Danny, and Abraham) have definitely experienced what it truly means to be a Manginah member.
Parents weekend, at the end of October, began our busy journey to the end of the semester. It started with Hillel’s Friday night dinner, where we sang "Ani Chavatzelet". With the large crowd and lack of mics, we were able to sing our way to applause. The next night, we performed at the one and only Annual Fall Fest’s Variety Show. At this performance we showed Brandeis what Manginah is really capable of.
During the month of November we made our way to different parts of Brandeis’ campus, as well as different parts of Waltham. We were kept busy with many different performances, including volunteering at the EPOCH Old Age Home, the BaRuCH Coffee House, performing for Brandeis’ Kindness Day, performing at the JF&CS Hannukkah event, and hosting our Annual Fall Semester Show. The most memorable moments of this past month were our debuts of our three new songs: "Eretz Yisrael" (opb. Rhonda Bumberg Kahane and Robert Blumberg), "Tagid She’ata Ohev" (opb. Yaya ft. Alma Zak), and "Too Close" (opb Alex Clare). Featuring one of our newest members, Abraham, Manginah debuted to the Brandeis community, on Kindness Day, "Too Close" where we serenaded students walking to class outside in the cold. As for "Eretz Yisrael", featuring Jenna, and "Tagid She’ata Ohev", featuring Matt S. and Coby, they were first performed and only tremendous positive responses at the JF&CS Hanukkah event. All three of these new songs have only gotten great reviews and feedback.
November 17, 2013- This sunday, we had the opportunity to sing at the Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Waltham, just a few minutes away from Brandeis! The event that we performed at was a pre-Channukah party where many people came to eat “latkes” and socialize. When we arrived, each of us first introduced ourselves with our names, years, and hometowns. Then, we performed 6 songs- Taggid She’atah Ohev, Mei Nahar, Machmaot, Eretz Yisrael, Veich Shelo, and Too Close. Taggid She’atah Ohev and Eretz Yisrael were both debuted at this performance. It was so exciting to perform them in front of an audience for the first time, and they were received very well! After we sang, we had the chance to sit down with some of the people there and chat with them. Overall, it was a great experience. We had lots of fun performing, and it seemed like the audience really enjoyed it too!
- Danielle Meisler
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