Friday, August 26, 2011

"Hava Nagila the Movie" is Coming -- in 2012

Producer and director Roberta Grossman has been working for two years to capture the essence of the song Hava Nagila, arguably the most covered song in the Jewish music repertory.  She has been meeting with potential donors, encouraging them to contrbute to the cause of creating the documentary, called Hava Nagila -- What is it?

The film is a documentary romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Funny, deep and unexpected, it film will celebrate 100 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. It will also reveal the power of music to bridge cultural divides and bring us together as human beings.

After doing preliminary work and soliciting donations for the film's completion, Grossman has the film in post-production and scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.  Now is the time to start antcipating the film's arrival next year by viewing the trailer below.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy all nine minutes of this warm and funny preview.  Enjoy!


  1. Hello and thanks for posting the fundraising clip for Hava Nagila: What Is It? We're editing the film now and should be done in about a year. Of course, we're also raising finishing funds. So if you'd like to join over 400 other people who have donated to the film and be part of the longest credit roll in history, go to
    Thanks again for the shout out! Roberta Grossman, Director Hava Nagila: What Is It?

  2. I would love to use the film as the "entertainment" for our synagogue's April 22 fund raiser. Will it be completed by then? Oklahomans know about "hava nagila" as well as people in the BIG towns.

  3. whatever happened to this movie? Did it come out in 2012? The preview is soooo good!

    1. Yes it did. It's opening April 26 in Boston and Washington.