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Happy Hanukkah (in song)

Happy Hanukkah! 

I'm sure you have all noticed that the arrival of Christmas carols is creeping earlier and earlier (even before Thanksgiving!?!?!), and it got me thinking about Hanukkah songs, and the lack thereof. And then one of my favorite Tweeters, @itsdlevy of JewishBoston.com shared this amazingly adorable new "hipster" Hanukkah song. The song is by My First Earthquake, an indie, electro-rock band from San Francisco led by Rebecca Bortman.

In addition to the catchy beat, the song's message feels very relatable for young Jews navigating the Christmas season. Somehow, it manages to acknowledge the tendency towards "Scroogitude" and still celebrate the holiday season for what it is. 

While listening to the song for the 4th time on repeat, I got to wondering: Are there any other great Hanukkah songs written or performed by Jewish women? Please share them in the comments!

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Is that video (Light One Candle) supposed to be longer than 14 seconds? I love Michelle's singing, but 14 seconds isn't much of that song!

Chag Urim Sameach

Here's another original song A Miracle Happened. written by Victoria Milner and Robin Paglia-Dennis; sung by Susan Colin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Very cute. Julie Silver's still my favorite!

There's no video yet, but this is my favorite new Chanukah song, by three fantastic Jewesses Who Rock:

http://www.reverbnation.com/Li...

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And here's an original song about how we need more Hanukkah songs by Ali Sternburg.

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Here's another one from duo Michelle Citrin and William Levin.

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@ISJL reminded me about Girls in Trouble!

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How to cite this page

Berkenwald, Leah. "Happy Hanukkah (in song)." 1 December 2010. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on July 23, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/happy-hanukkah-in-song>.

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