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
October 20, 2013 - While most Sundays involve doing homework for the week to come, our Sunday started on an extreme high. We began our day by waking up early and going to Emerson College, where we would sing on their weekly radio show Chagigah on WERS 88.9. The experience was UNBELIEVABLE.
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!
Every year, Waltham Group (the community service organization at Brandeis) organizes a family fun night at Stanley Elementary School, where a large number of Manginah clubs, fraternities/sororities, and individuals go to create a fun family night for all of the Stanley families! This year, Manginah was invited to sing a short set for all of the school children and their families.
We chose to go big on the interactive component (even though only 7 of us could perform)! We sang Even Ma'asu HaBonim, complete with erratic snapping and dancing, followed by Ito LaNetzach (the wedding music section is pretty darn cute), and ended with Yesh Lanu Koach ("We've Got the Power!").
Zoey asked all of the kids if they wished they had any superpowers and then we taught them the song - ending with a fun bang!
We had a lot of fun breaking loose of our usual performance style. Who knows how creative we'll get next time?!
JCFPA this year was fantastic! Not that we are surprised. We started our trip by going to Coby's house in New Haven, CT, where we were greeted by aromatic smells of delicious food and drinks! Thanks to Reva Fleischman (Coby's mom) for being such a wonderful hostess year after year. There were sleeping locations aplenty, and lots of hiding places too, as we discovered with our favorite game, Sardines!
In the morning, we stocked up on coffee and made our way to JTS (the Jewish Theological Seminary) for the annual Jewish Collegiate Festival of Performing Arts, where we were joined by many talented singing and dancing groups. The vibe at JCFPA is always so friendly and exciting - this year we even got to join Hillary as she led a Vocal Percussion workshop for all of the groups!
We sang Holech Lesham (feat. Matt), Mashehu Chadash (feat. Hillary) and Machmaot (our current fav) and got lots of murmurs of agreement from our audience as we sang about women's rights! Special kudos to Zoey Hart for bringing down the house with that number. We can't wait to be back next year! Thanks again for having us, JTS!!
Hey there! I just wanted to send out a quick post about our performance for Brandeis Buddies this semester.
According to their website, Brandeis Buddies seeks to build friendships between Brandeis student volunteers and adults with developmental disabilities who work on campus.
We weren't sure what to expect, so we prepared a couple of fun songs and went in with smiles on our faces. And we were so honored by the respect and appreciation we received from the audience. They were SO happy to have a performing for them and they even told us how much they liked our songs when we were done. We hope we get to do this more often, it was a lovely, cheerful experience!
We'd also like to recognize Brandeis Buddies for creating such an important initiative on campus. Well done!We are so happy to see this kind of work going on around us - and we were honored to take part.
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