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David Melech Yisrael: A Jewish Kids Sing-Along

Recommended for all ages

Learn the Jewish song called David Melech Yisrael (דוד מלך ישראל‎ “David is the King of Israel”) with kids in Kindergarten and First Grade from Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California. The song lyrics are simple and consist of only five words which are repeated many times. These lyrics can be translated into English as, “David, king of Israel, lives and endures.” (דוד מלך ישראל, חי, חי וקיים‎), transliterated to: David Melech Yisrael; Chai, Chai, Vekayam.

Jewish children are often taught this song at a young age, as it is fairly easy to memorize. Common traditions involve singing it with added arm and hand movements, or singing it as fast as possible while trying to keep up with the arm and hand movements.

Gratitude for David Melech Yisrael

Temple_Isaiah_125x125This video is the outcome of a series of creative Jewish learning and media workshops offered in 2014 exclusively to Jewish educational groups in the San Francisco East Bay Area

Thank you to each of the Temple Isaiah students, board members and staff leaders that participated in this project. A very special thanks to each of the leaders that helped make this project happen including Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz, Rabbi Judy Shanks, Cantor Leigh Korn, Rabbi Alissa Forrest Miller, Rabbi Nicki Greninger, Debbie Kirsch, Jen Boxerman, Liz Kaufman, Abby Seitelman, Joel Siegel, Nathan Bellet, William Broussard, Michaela Caughlan, Sonia Das, Melissa Gianotti, Nina Jones, Sherry Tsai, Jenette Woskow, Greg Murai, Cary Nasatir, Maimone Attia, Erin Bloom, Josh Coleman, Alli Darrow, Jacob Engelskirger, Katie Greenstone, Genevieve Greinetz, Jory Gwasdoff, Tamar Helman-Yahud, Heather Howe-Dennett, Kimberly Kline, Suzan Kotch, Joanne Peterson, Charna Schakow, Jerri Schwartz, Becca Shareff, Joel Siegel, Yardena Small, Keren Smith, Steven Steinberg, Barbara Barza, Lisa Finkelstein, Sarah Lefton, Russel Neiss, Matthue Roth, Jeremy Shuback, Jeanne Stern, and Oren Stevens.


The development of this project was made possible by the generosity of the 

The development of this project was made possible by the Generosity of The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (JFED).


To see more of the Jewish liturgy videos in this series, please take a look at our collection here on our site.

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