UPDATED DEC 15
“Dreidel’s my hobby / Don’t let it get wobbly”
As Amy Klein feared the season of Hanukkah videos has begun. The new Maccabeats video featuring Mayim Bialik and Barack Obama is out (see below). Surely their boy band glow, Noah Jacobson jollities and Uri Westrich video mavening is really just a one year thing, allowing the boys to finally call it a day and go to accountancy school — but both Bialik and Obama are sexier than anyone on last year’s video, so maybe not.
The Fountainheads are always good for happiness in the face of despair and this dark festival season is no exception. They are still dancing on mountaintops as they “Light Up the Night” but their cute Matrix dress-up is either 10 years out of date or brilliantly prophetic.
Over at Heeb Dan Sieradski is appalled at Jew-Z’s Hanukkah production: “Jew-Z’s Groove”. Sieradski doesn’t specify which of the stereotypes offend him but clearly it’s both the song AND the video that are guilty because he wants to punch people responsible for either, “in the f–king face.”
But I know — because I know what you’re like — that you’ve been waiting to see what the JNF could come up with. Because if any Jewish organization has a phat beat and an uncanny instinct for what the kids love, it’s the (Canadian?) JNF. So, below, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Latkes of all sizes, it’s the JNF and the Magen Boys.
Here’s the JNF and Magen Boys getting, umm, hip?
Here’s the new Maccabeats video with the shout-out from President Obama at the end.
Dan Friedman is the director of content and communications at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Formerly the executive editor and whisky correspondent of the Forward, he is the author of an illuminating (and excellent value) book about Tears for Fears, the 80s emo rock band.