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10 New Hanukkah Videos to Keep the Light Burning Bright

10 New Hanukkah Videos to Keep the Light Burning Bright

Video still of four laughing millennials singing karaoke while wearing Hanukkah sweaters

It's that time of year again: time to round up some of the best Hanukkah videos of the year! Some are parodies, others are original tunes, and some aren't musical at all - but they're all worth a watch this Hanukkah season. 

A Little Hanukkah Throwback

A cappella favorite Six13 put out their new Hanukkah video, "A Nice Jewish Boy Band Chanukah," which parodies '90s tunes "I Want it That Way"" by The Backstreet Boys, "It's Gonna Be Me" by *NSync, and "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls. (If you get a kick out of this video, check out last year's tune, "A Hamilton Chanukah.")

Poetry in Motion

Poet Rick Lupert teamed up with musician Josh Goldberg to put the words to his Hanukkah poem "Got a Light?" to music. The seriousness of the poem itself is offset by the funny video the two made together.

Who Can Retell?

Rabbi Micah Lapidus put together an upbeat new version of the Hanukkah classic "Mi Yamaliel," performed by students at the Davis Academy in Atlanta, GA. The video just shows the lyrics so that audiences can sing along. 

Haim Goes Hanukkah

LA pop-rock band Haim (two Jewish sisters of Israeli descent) shared a quick-hit Hanukkah tune on their Instagram account, with the caption "[Adam] Sandler, we're coming for you." Warning: The final lyric is definitely NSFW and not family-friendly. 


Credit: @HAIM

A Decade of The Maccabeats

Those silver-tongued Maccabeats hit an emotional note with their 2017 video, "Candles on the Sill," a Hanukkah riff on Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill," to celebrate their tenth year of bringing us Jewish tunes.

Taylor Swift Gets the Hanukkah Treatment

"Is it getting schvitzy, or is it just me?" Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" gets the Hanukkah parody treatment with "What Makes Me a Jew," a karaoke-style video from a group clad in Hanukkah sweaters. We suspect there were a few drinks behind this one!

A Very Jewish Christmas Season

OK, usually we're not fans of mixing faith holidays, but Jake Novak's Hanukkah take on Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" is pretty freaking cute. "A Christmas song that is not for the goys... happy Hanukkah to you!"

Phil Loves Latkes

This one's not musical, but we have a feeling you're gonna like it anyway. Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond & star of Netflix's I'll Have What Phil's Having visits Canter's Deli in Los Angeles to experience that special, one-of-a-kind joy of eating the perfect latke.

A 21+ Hanukkah Retelling

If you've ever watched and enjoyed Drunk History, you'll love Hebrew School Happy Hour, in which slightly tipsy comedian Johnny Sanchez tells the story of Hanukkah.

How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, took to the streets to ask passersby how to spell Hanukkah. Sure, there are lots of accepted spellings... but a lot of these folks didn't come close to any of them. 

What's your favorite Hanukkah video of the year? Any we missed? Leave a comment and let us know! 

Kate (Bigam) Kaput is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike. 

Kate Kaput

Published: 12/14/2017

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