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The Best Hanukkah Parody Songs of the Year

The Best Hanukkah Parody Songs of the Year

It’s that time of the year again – time for Hanukkah parody videos! We’ve gathered a few of the best new debuts from across the web. Leave us a comment and let us know: What’s your favorite?

  1. “Shalom”
    The most popular song of the year is always the most susceptible to parodying, which makes it no surprise that someone came up with a Hanukkah twist on Adele’s “Hello.” That someone is comedian Ari Blau, whose video follows the original’s sepia-toned style for a nostalgic vibe but whose voice is not quite at superstar level yet.

  2. “Light the Candles and Believe”
    The youth and family engagement team at Central Synagogue in New York City set their Hanukkah parody to the tune of Top 40 breakout hit “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. They’re clad in some pretty awesome tacky holiday sweaters, too, and their sufganiyot (jelly donuts) sure do look tasty!

  3. “Latke Recipe”
    Popular a cappella group The Maccabeats went the “Shut Up and Dance” route, too, with a slightly different rhyme. Their parody video is actually pretty instructional, if you’re talented enough to sing and dance while you’re making your Hanukkah meal.

  4. “Watch Me (Spin/Drey-Drey)”
    Debut star Silentó surely never expected a Jewish take on his massively popular jam “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” The good news about this video from Jewish a cappella group Six13 is that you don’t have to know how to whip or nae nae (or even know what that means) to enjoy their dreidel-themed spin on it (pun intended, of course).

  5. “A One Direction Hanukkah”
    If you’re a fan of One Direction and tacky holiday sweaters, you’ll love the Manhattan Jewish Experience’s boy band medley/mash-up featuring Erez Cohen in collaboration with Six13, A.K.A. Pella, and The Y Studs. Let’s play dreidel, dreidel, dreidel ‘til we see the sun…
  6. "Lift Yourself Up"
    This original song by Shir Shalom, another Jewish a cappella group, isn't actually a parody, but it's so pretty and powerful that we couldn't leave it off the list. Looking for an inspirational, feel-good tune this Hanukkah to, well, lift you up during troubling global times? This is it.

Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine,, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

Kate Bigam Kaput

Published: 12/03/2015

Categories: Jewish Holidays, Hanukkah, Jewish Life, Arts & Culture
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