Manginah is Hebrew for “melody,” or, as some members like to fondly translate it “Let’s make-a-da-music.” Manginah also means Brandeis' premier co-ed Jewish a cappella group. Founded in 1994, Manginah sings a mix of Israeli pop music, classic Jewish melodies and parodies set to secular music.
Manginah performs at a myriad of venues on campus, ranging from events promoting interfaith tolerance to Holocaust remembrance ceremonies. Manginah also sings at fundraising events at on-campus coffee-shops to support the university’s extra-curricular activities. Additionally, Manginah prides itself on sharing its music with the greater Jewish community, performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, Hebrew schools, coffee shops, toy stores, and in many other settings.
Outside of singing, Manginah members study economics, music, near eastern Judaic studies, biology, and many other disciplines. Maginah members are essential participants within the Brandeis community, serving as leaders in various facets of Brandeis student life. Manginah members are active in many organizations, ranging from the Undergraduate Theater Collective and the Outdoor and Mountaineering club to the Brandeis Basketball team and to the Brandeis student newspaper, The Justice.
It was a cold and particularly bloody Sunday in 1994. All of the corrupt a cappella groups on campus stood outside Ford Hall (now, the beloved Shapiro Campus Center), soliciting innocent first years to participate in their insidious activities—namely: gluttony, idolatry, and falafel. There was, however, one righteous student who stood out within this sea of treachery—it was obvious that this was no ordinary student, since he had a golden hoop perpetually hovering over his head—his name was Baba Sali.
Suddenly, Baba Sali’s virtuous gaze was diverted to the rooftop of the Spingold Theater by the illustrious spirit of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, a.k.a. “The Mashiach.” And on the top of Spingold roof, next to two Birkenstock donning English majors, a large message was suspended within in a cloud of smoke. How the cloud of smoke emerged, it is unknown; but, more importantly, was the essence of this message—a message that would alter Baba Sali’s life, as well as the face of Brandeis University’s student body, forever. This message was: “Manginah.” And, so, at the hands of Baba Sali, the only pious a cappella group in the world was founded.