The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is anguished and outraged by the senseless violence in Las Vegas. As we begin the new year, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Las Vegas community today.

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Crowd celebrating Israel

The national anthem of Israel, HaTikvah (“The Hope”) is adapted from a poem originally written by Naftali Herz Imber in 1877. Here’s your opportunity to join 140 years of finding hope and a connection to Israel through this poem, by learning and recording the song.

Whether eccentric or serious, we want to hear what HaTikvah means to you. Belt it out or croon it. Serenade or yodel. Whip out some instruments or go a cappella.

Whatever your style, post your medley to social media and then challenge your friends and family to perform their own versions of the anthem. Ask your parents. Ask your roommate from college. Ask your bowling league. Together, we’ll discover everyone’s unique interpretations of HaTikvah and uncover the many bridges that the song builds to Israel. Use #HaTikvahPhilly when posting your video, and to view all the videos your friends and family create. Check back soon for educational materials to use with your groups.

No matter who has the best pipes in the end, we’ll all come together to sing HaTikvah on May 6th at 5-6-70 Israel!