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Hava Nagila — Anthem of Jewish Rejoicing Movie Panel Discussion

Hosted By: The Sousa Mendes Foundation

Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people.

Meet The Panel:

Pianist Richard Glazier has performed in almost every state and has been a soloist with Pops orchestras across the country. He has won several major international piano competitions including the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition and the Pro Musicis International Award. He was invited by the Gershwin family to tour across the country in Rhapsody and Rhythm: The Gershwin Concert Experience. Glazier has had three nationally broadcast television specials on PBS. The shows have won multiple awards, including four Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in entertainment, documentary and cultural programming. He has been featured on the PBS NewsHour and records exclusively for Centaur Records.

Filmmaker Roberta Grossman received the 2018 Washington Jewish Film Festival’s Annual Visionary Award for “creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image.” Her feature documentaries about Jewish history and culture include Blessed is the Match (2008); Hava Nagila (The Movie) (2012); Above and Beyond (2014) and Who Will Write Our History (2018). She is a three-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is the co-founder of the non-profit production company Katahdin Productions.

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