Abbreviated Hora

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djfatman

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I have a wedding where one half of the family is Jewish. They want to do some sort of abbreviated Hora, but hoisting the bride up in a chair is NOT an option. I don't do Jewish events, so I'm a bit culturally challenged. Any suggestions as to how to do this? And, yes, I know that I need to play, "Hava Nagila."
 

Randy Bartlett

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A few thoughts...

Why abbreviated? Why isn't the bride going up? (Nor the groom, I assume?) Which side is Jewish?

Here's a really odd suggestion - Will you be doing group dances at this reception? The Chicken Dance?

Bobby Morganstein has "The International Chicken Dance" on one of his CDs, where each time it gets to the chorus, it's another ethnic dance. I used to do that years ago and it was a blast, but defintely needs to be led. If memory serves, it has the Mexican Hat Dance, Irish Jig, Tarantella, Polka and then ends with the Hora (Hava Nagilah), which could be a very fun way to introduce the Hora without going overly Jewish.

But you need to understand why you're even doing the hora if they don't want to be raised up, and maybe there's something else you could do instead, like using the Hora music for their intro or maybe just playing "To Life" ("L'Chiam") after the toasts.

Find out their objectives and let us know and maybe more answers will reveal themselves.
 

djfatman

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Thanks Randy. The reason neither one of them are being lifted in a chair is, well, because they are much larger than either you or me. Since it was the mother of the groom who suggested it, I'm assuming its the groom's side. The ceremony is not Jewish, however. This kinda surprised the bride, as well, when it was brought up in the planning session.

Thanks for the suggested questions. I will ask, and let you know.

One more thing. Do I announce it, or do I simply play the song, and let things happen?
 
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Randy Bartlett

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Thanks Randy. The reason neither one of them are being lifted in a chair is, well, because they are much larger than either you or me.

Tom,

With all due respect, no one is bigger than me. :D

Ok, seriously, I thought that might be the answer. Lifting is great fun, but absolutely not necessary.


One more thing. Do I announce it, or do I simply play the song, and let things happen?
It depends. Do you want it to be successful? :D

There are few definite answers, but this might be one of them. You have to announce it and you probably have to lead it, even with a largely Jewish crowd, or you'll have a complete bomb.

Make it fun and and an opportunity and keep a big smile. The Hora is only two minutes long, so it should be easy to have a great time. Call me and I'll give you some tips.
 

DJSTEVEZ

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