Yale's Jewish, Hebrew, and Israeli A Cappella
What Is Magevet? מה זה מגבת
Founded in 1993, Magevet is one of the nation’s premiere Jewish a cappella singing groups. A coed ensemble comprised of undergraduate students at Yale University, Magevet is known for its sweet blend of voices, unique arrangements, and lighthearted sense of humor. Magevet is, incidentally, the Hebrew word for “towel.” Our founding members are in near-complete disagreement about what inspired them to choose such an unusual name for an a cappella group, though many of their accounts involve a sauna.
When we’re not in New Haven serenading the Yale community, Magevet tours the United States and the world sharing our unique approach to Jewish music. During the academic year, we perform throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, and during school breaks we travel to more distant Jewish communities. This year, we will travel to Chicago in early January as well as London and Paris in mid-May. Past international tour destinations have included Argentina and Chile, South Africa, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Magevet travels the United States too — we have toured to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Austin, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, Ann Arbor, and Florida, to name but a few destinations.