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To show our love for the country of Israel and solidarity with its citizens,  IsraeliDancesAtlanta, an extension of RikudAtlanta, danced in our session, among others, the following dances:

Artzi, Nof Yaldut, Eretz Eretz, Eretz Israel Yafa, Nagni Kineret, Bapardes, Tishmeru al Atmechem,
Machol Hashalom, Tevorchi Artzi, Be'har Hagilbo'a, and Rak Beyachad Nenatze'ach.

We followed the lyrics of Tevorchi Artzi and danced Rak Beyachad Nenatze'ach twice after we talked, as a group, about the meaning of the song. Thanks to www.hebrewsongs.com for providing us with the English translations.

This dance session was a meaningful teaching opportunity for our younger dancers, in particular, to connect with and to support Israel duing this difficult period. We found this experience very moving and it brought us closer together as a community. We wanted to share this idea with all of you. We feel that this illustrates the power of Rikudei Am to unite us.

January 2009
This idea was generated from Israeli Dances Atlanta - an extension of RikudAtlanta
To contact the group click here

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Learn Hebrew online with Israel's best teachers
Can you help?
Readers have requested the words to the songs below.
If you can transliterate or translate the words to any of these songs
please click here to add your song
Singer David D'or
CD and track number: David D'or (eurovision previews) Track 4

Request from Turkey
  If you have the words to this song, click here
  Ya'asof Zeruim (Collect Seeds)
An old Jewish song, was sung by Dana International on an Israel Independence Show.

CD and track number:  Israeli independence show 2004

Request from New York, USA
  If you have the words to this song, click here

"You've Got a Friend" in Hebrew
("Lecha Yesh Chaver")

Composer Music & English Lyrics: Carole King
Hebrew - Ofra Haza -
CD: Manginat Halev - Tune of the Heart - Disk 3 - Track 6

"I recall hearing a Hebrew translation of "You've Got a Friend" on the radio when I was in Israel in the late 60's / early 70's. I've searched in vain for them ever since. Does anyone have those lyrics or know where I could get them?"

Request from Florida, USA

  If you have the words to this song, click here

Quiz Question: For any of you who saw the movie Walk on Water: Lior Ashkenazi's character turns off the radio in disgust after a terrorist attack, saying "It pisses me off when they play sad/patriotic music after a bombing."

WHAT WAS THE SONG that was playing when he turned the radio off?
Answer: The song you heard in the movie Lalechet Al Hamayim (on the radio) is:
Atah Li Eretz by Yardena Arazi

Requested by Michael Feshbach of North Potomac, MD, USA
Responded by George Jakubovits of Toronto, Canada

Footnote: The love song that Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) translates for Axel in the car
is online:


Calling All *Zamlers! - The Yiddish Dance Action Network Needs You

For hundreds of years, Ashkenazi Jews were part of a diverse tapestry of ethnic communities in Eastern and Central Europe.

Dance, particularly during wedding festivities, was an important means of cultural expression and community cohesion for Jews living in cities and shtetlekh (villages) alike.

These old Eastern European Jewish folk dances are now known as Yiddish dances. Examples include the freylekhs, bulgar and sher. To find out more about the dances visit www.yiddishdance.com

A variety of factors caused most traditional Yiddish dance and its associated klezmer repertoire to fall almost completely out of practice by the 1960s. While remnants of a limited number of dance forms and gestures are retained in Hasidic communities, today there are but a few elderly immigrant and second-generation Jews left who still perform, or can even recall traditional dance from either
Europe or America.

The Yiddish Dance Action Network is a non-profit association of musicians, dancers, ethnographers and others who strive to document and continue the traditions of Yiddish Dance. We need your help.
We seek materials and memories that will help complete the picture of what Yiddish dance was and what it can be. Examples of useful documentation include:

-memories of Yiddish dancing: perhaps you have a family member or friend who recalls the old dances and wants to share these memories

-old family films, home movies or photos of celebrations that feature Yiddish dance

-written descriptions in books or personal accounts of the dances, such as written memoirs

If you have information about the dances that you would like to share, please contact us:

Helen Winkler or  Pete Rushefsky

Peter I. Rushefsky, Executive Director
Center for Traditional Music and Dance
32 Broadway, Suite 1314
New York, NY 10004

Tel: USA (1) 212.571.1555 ext. 36

Fax: USA (1) 212.571.9052
*Zamler is the Yiddish word for compiler. Zamlers gather together scattered things in order to form a collection.

Please bring this message to the attention of anyone else you know, who may have an interest in this subject.

January 2009
This idea was generated from Israeli Dances Atlanta - an extension of RikudAtlanta
To contact the group click here

Dear readers,
We've had a number of very gracious comments
from people who love our site, but don't necessarily like the way
some song words have been translated or transliterated.

Please be MOST WELCOME to submit ANY
corrections, suggestions, alternatives.

We are a work in progress!
All amendments are happily received, as are
translations into other languages.

We are here to share the enjoyment of Hebrew Song!
So feel free to contact the publisher and have your say.
Write to the publisher, Aura Levin Lipski
or enter your changes in Add your song to our list

Warm wishes to all.