Oops! The semester passed and there are no updates on the blog! How did that happen?? Oh well, we'll fix it now.
The beginning of the semester was pretty slow, especially with February break four weeks after classes started! When we got back, we had the honor of performing at Baruch (Brandeis' Reform Chavura) Casino Night! It was a classy event and we noticed plenty of candy on all of the gambly tables. Well done, Baruch! We performed our go-to power song, Chelek Mimcha, and ended on an even higher note by debuting one of our new songs - Machmaot! The song features Zoey (with Coby and me on backup vocals) and is about refusing to place a value on a woman's worth! Preach! (This will come up again in relation to our other semester debut).
It was a good time had by all. Can't wait to (hopefully) do it again next year!
Manginah would like to wish a heartfelt welcome to our newest members, Zach Silver '16 and Matt Lee '15! We are thrilled to add two new tenors to the group and have already begun to feel the new members' presence in our Manginah family. Manginah took everyone out to Ta'am China to celebrate last Saturday night and we look forward to many more occasions to celebrate together! It's gonna be a great semester!
Pictures are on the way...
"I know some day it'll all turn around because
...for Olot B'Manginot! And luckily, I don't have to wait any longer, because the CD IS FINALLY HERE! Manginah has spent the entire week celebrating the arrival of our CD with our family and friends. On Saturday night, we invited all friends and fans of Manginah to join our excitement in anticipation the CDs arrival, but first we started the night off with just us Manginah-ers (and some alumni) lighting Chanukkah candles and toasting this recent achievement. It was a special moment for all of us (and a very harmonic Ma'Oz Tzur).
After we had our fill of partying, we had nothing left to do but wait...and wait...and wait....and then rip open the box AS FAST AS POSSIBLE once it arrived. And it was more than we had hoped for.
There's not much else I can say, except get your copy as soon as you can because once you have it you'll listen to it over and over again (at least, if you're anything like my mom). It couldn't happen without all of your support, so thank you! And keep checkin' for Mangi-updates!
On Sunday, December 9th, Manginah volunteered at the Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS) in Waltham. We sang Modeh Ani, V'eich Shelo, Ani Chavatzelet HaSharon, Mashehu Chadash, and Chelek Mimcha (all of which are featured on our new CD!) for the elderly and volunteers coming in for a special Chanukkah celebration! This was such a fun performance for us - we've noticed that our volunteer performances are always sweet and gratifying. People really appreciate free entertainment! We especially loved talking to all of them afterward about our music and our ambitions for the future!
"You really did help to create a fun atmosphere and make our guests feel special. Thank you!" --Sue Spielman, Coordinator of The Friendly Visitor Program
Picture to come!
It's been a busy week for Manginah! On Thursday (11/29), we entertained as part of a silent auction in our very own student center (the SCC). It was fun to fill such a big room with our sound and to see people stopping as they walked through to listen to our music!
Over the weekend, we had our Manginah generation's first Bat Mitzvah performance! Four of us stayed over for Shabbat and got to know the Bat Mitzvah girl and her family (including Brandeis' very own Bryan Flatt '12), and then the rest of us arrived on Saturday morning to add to the celebration and festivities! First, we sang the guests into the social hall and then, for the first time, we sang Hava Nagilah (the Hora) and led all of the friends and family in the traditional "grapevine" dance that accompanies the Hora. Then, we sang some of our favorite songs during lunch and dessert, and got ourselves treated to some fantastic, catered food! It was a first for many of us and a unique performance for the group!
Last night, on Sunday (12/2), Manginah had the privilege of opening for MIT's Techiyah's Fall Semester Show: The Case of the Missing Menorah. We had so much fun singing for this new crowd of people, and we were thoroughly impressed and entertained by Techiyah's performance, skits and parodies included! A shout out to the group for making us feel so welcome, and even inviting us to their after party! We hope to keep in touch.
Thanks for reading - check back soon for more updates. And DON'T FORGET - Our newest CD, Olot B'Manginot comes out a week from tomorrow on Tuesday, December 11th!! If you're in the area, come to our CD Launch in the Brandeis SCC from 1-4pm on Tuesday. See our facebook event for more details (http://www.facebook.com/events/505350086163917/?fref=ts).
This week, Manginah was given the incredible opportunity to perform at President Fred Lawrence's house at the Board of Trustees dinner. It was an honor to be invited to sing at this important event along with our fellow acappella-ers Starving Artists. We brought our best, singing one of our favorites, Chelek Mimcha, and elicited many nods of approval and shared smiles from our esteemed audience. The highlight for many of us (besides the free pizza!) was the loud "Wow." we got from one of the trustees as we ended the song. This is a proud moment for Manginah, past and present!
Our Fall Semester Show went swimmingly! We had a great time creating a scintillating fall atmosphere (complete with glittery leaves and a paper-cut tree). The Brandeis Justice took pictures, friends, family, and other a cappella groups came to support us and there were big smiles all around!
We debuted our newest song, Mai Nahar by Idan Raichel, featuring Gabriella Feingold (check out our repertoire to listen to the original - it's a great song). Matt Sidell and Racheli Berkovitz sang their rendition of Ani Ma'amin (previously sung by Adam Lapetina and Louis Polisson) and wowed the crowd with their rapping skills and cute glances and dance moves. And Coby Fleischman stole the show with a fan-favorite, Ah Ah Ah by Efrat Gosh! We also started pre-sales for Olot B'Manginot, which will be released at the end of the semester!
A shout out to alumni Talia Salzberg, Louis Polisson, Jen Levy, Harrison Bannet, Adam Shain, and Alison Judd for coming out! Congratulations to the executive board, Jessica Pullen, Hillary Schulman, and Matt Sidell for successfully executing such a wonderful event!
This past weekend, Manginah went to Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT for our fourth performance there. But this time, it was for a unique event - an inter-congregational Shabbat service and dinner that brought 10 synagogues together, represented by over 300 congregants! We were honored to be a part of the unity and tolerance shown at this event! We sang 4 of our favorite songs and spontaneously lead Shalom Aleichem (the song at the beginning of the Friday night meal) and HaTikvah (Israel's national anthem) before and after singing. We'll be back again soon, West Hartford!
We are happy to announce that two of Manginah's recorded songs have been selected for the compilation CD, Best of Jewish A Cappella 2013! The songs to be featured on the album are Latet (featuring Becky Fisher '10) from Notes on the Wall (2010) and Mehuzakim Le'Olam (featuring Louis Polisson '12) from our upcoming CD release, Olot B'Manginot!
Check out an announcement of the winners and previews of the songs at thekolcast.com!
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