Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places - A Rosh Hashanah "Cheerleader" Parody Music Video From Singapore
What song drew the most cheers this summer? OMI's Cheerleader, as the Jamaican reggae/pop artist's smash hit was voted Billboard's No. 1 song of the summer of 2015.
The buoyant single headed Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart, which tracks the most popular hits based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
So what does this have to do with Rosh Hashanah? The United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore created a music video called Sound a Tekiah, a parody of Cheerleader, in which their members dance their way around the island.
There have been Jews and Orthodox synagogues in Singapore since the 1840s, but Reform Judaism did not make an appearance until 1991, when a small group of expatriate Jews founded The United Hebrew Congregation. It is made up of a Jewish Diaspora of many nationalities of Reform, Conservative, Progressive and Reconstructionist backgrounds.
Here is the UHC's Tekiah video, just in time for Rosh Hashanah. Enjoy!
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)