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Lin-Manuel Miranda sang in a Jewish a cappella group at Wesleyan

By Gabe Friedman/(JTA) – You may have known that Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway darling and creator of the musical “Hamilton,” sang a “Fiddler on the Roof” song at his wedding party. But did you know that he was also in a Jewish a cappella group in college? On Sunday, Wesleyan student Lisa Stein posted a video of Miranda singing the old-school Israeli song “Hinei Ba Hashalom” as a member of the Mazel Tones – yes, the Mazel Tones – during his time at Wesleyan University. Miranda retweeted the video 45 minutes later. Many fellow tweeters were surprised at the video and had some kind words. Stein later posted a photoshopped image of Miranda wearing a kippah to entice students to audition for the a cappella group. Miranda, who is mostly of Puerto Rican descent, has long been a friend of the Jewish community. He told the New Yorker a few years ago that while attending the selective Hunter College Elementary School in Manhattan, most of his friends were Jewish. Before making it big on Broadway, he helped pay his rent by performing at bar and bat mitzvahs. In 2016, he appeared in a fundraising video for Yeshiva University – a school that gave him an honorary doctorate in 2009.

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