Reply to "DRAMA, STORYTELLING, and/or MUSIC Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Jesus in the Temple"

Music Workshop Idea

(originally posted by member "Happy Teacher" and moved here during renovation)

We started with a short discussion of the significance of music and dance in biblical times, using some of the background info shared by the Kensington Congregational Church (Thank you very much!),

Then we taught "Hava Nagila", a Hebrew folk song, the title meaning "Let us rejoice". Although this is a song written only in the early 20th century, it introduced the children to the Hebrew language and music.

After learning that happy song, they learned the Hebrew circle dance (or horah). We got the choreography from Youtube. We had a GREAT time! Parents reported that children were singing and dancing as they were going home. And they even knew its meaning.

Thank God!

Check these out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6RuURE9Y44
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE5Ui0IXw00

Here are the lyrics:
Hava nagila
Hava nagila
Hava nagila vi nis'mecha

Hava neranenah
Hava neranenah
Hava neranenah vi nis'mecha

Uru, uru achim!
Uru achim b'lev sameach

Uru achim, uru achim!
B'lev sameach


English Translation:
Let's rejoice
Let's rejoice
Let's rejoice and be happy

Let's sing
Let's sing
Let's sing and be happy

Awake, awake, brothers!
Awake brothers with a happy heart

Awake, brothers, awake, brothers!
With a happy heart


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