WATCH: Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Wish’ Gets Chanukah Treatment from Philly-Area Native


Jewish band Shir Soul released “On Chanukkah,” a Chanukah music video based on a Stevie Wonder medley.

Managing Director Jesse Shore, who grew up in Havertown and later moved to Wynnewood so his family could walk to Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, penned the adapted seasonal lyrics along with the band’s two lead singers.

The group adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions by filming with sanitized equipment in individual homes, staying six feet apart when performing and wearing masks when they had to stand closer together.

The band has made music videos for Jewish holidays like Passover and Purim, but Shore said its Chanukah-themed medleys are always the most popular.

“Perhaps it’s just Chanukah’s proximity to Christmas, but it is also the most commercially sensitive time for Jewish musicians, so we put most of our efforts into our Chanukah music videos. Who knows, maybe we will create just the right kind of music video for say, Sukkot, and that video will take off!” Shore said in an email.

The band was founded in 2006 by David Ross and is based in Teaneck, New Jersey.


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