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Maccabeats to return to Prudential Center on Jewish Heritage Night

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
The Maccabeats. Photo used with permission of The Maccabeats.

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center will host their third annual Jewish Heritage Night on December 6, the first night of Hanukkah, headlined by a performance from the Maccabeats. The dynamic, all-male a Capella group will return to The Rock for the fourth time to entertain fans and celebrate the festival of light. The 10 p.m. concert on the main concourse will immediately follow the Devils-Panthers game and a menorah-lighting ceremony led by Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum.

In 2010, the group of Yeshiva University alumni gained attention with their song “Candlelight,” an adaptation of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” and have since turned holiday themed parodies into a tradition.

“It's really special for us to be starting off the holiday by sharing and spreading the light of Hanukkah with NJ Devils fans,” said Julian Horowitz, group director of the Maccabeats. “A few of our guys are die-hard fans and for them to be invited back to perform for their team is their dream coming true all over again.”

This year, the singers’ “Latke Recipe” single takes inspiration from Walk the Moon’s “Shut up and Dance.” The new song draws attention to one of the more traditional foods of the holiday, potato pancakes called latkes. Horowitz said the tradition of eating Latkes or other “oil-heavy” foods celebrates the miracle of the ancient Jewish Temple only having enough oil for one day and it miraculously lasting for eight days until more oil could be produced. Prior songs, including “Candlelight,” also focused on a similar theme. Fans can expect to hear “Latke Recipe” as well as the rest of the group’s holiday songs, Horowitz said.

The night will also include performances from the Yavneh Academy Choir on the concourse during intermissions and additional kosher food options, including hot dogs, knishes and more, will be available throughout the game.

Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased at NewJerseyDevils.com/tickets.

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