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Loolwa Khazzoom

  • Making music the Algerian Jewish way

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm


    DJ Cheb i Sabbah & Belly Dancer, Frédérique In the four decades of his accomplished career, global electronica DJ Cheb i Sabbah -- a Berber Jew from Algeria now living in California -- has specialized in crossing barriers among nationalities and working with artists of all...
  • Versatile Israeli Violinist Gains ‘Dream’ Hip-Hop Hit

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Perusing the hot R & B/Rap Billboard charts, one does not expect to see a red-headed Israeli artist -- replete with a classic "Jewfro" mop of curls -- represented by the No. 3 song. Then again, one does not expect that spot to be filled by a violin-dominated musical number with no...

  • Singer’s Songs Span Range of Emotions

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Wearing a silky black minidress, fishnet pantyhose and sturdy midthigh boots with big steel buckles and holding a brown, Western-style electric guitar as she approached the microphone, Keren Ann's look was as much a study in contradiction as her music, which was at times wistful,...

  • Hip-Hop’s Jew Crew Takes Center Stage

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


     

    Jews have been part of hip-hop since its beginning," said Josh Noreck of the Hip Hop Hoodios, a Latino Jewish rap group based out of Los Angeles and New York. "Rick Rubin founded Def Jam records. Lyor Cohen started working for it right after. The Beastie Boys and 3rd...

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  • Mitzvah Freestyling

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Growing up in the Oakland public school system, MC Hyim began freestyling when he was 8 years old. Today, he performs and produces conscious hip-hop, encouraging listeners to do tikkun olam -- take the anger and pain from today's society and transform it into something good: "As...

  • Mizrahi Music Travels West

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eitan Salman is at the far end of his store, leaning against a shelf lined with the new CD by Sarit Hadad, one of Israel's more popular Mizrahi, or Eastern, singers.

    Business at Salman's music store has fallen 80 percent over the last decade, but it's not altogether a bad thing:...

  • Valuable Art From a Disregarded People

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the Museum of the Negev in Beersheba; from the walls of Reverend Al Sharpton's home in New York to the mantle of photographer Irene Furtik's home in Santa Monica, Ethiopian Israeli art has arrived.

    Award-winning artist Elaine Galen, whose work...

  • Shrine of the Book Reopens Displays

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "A senator came to Israel as part of a mission to learn more about the country and the issues," recalled Herta Amir at a ceremony for the Israel Museum's honorary fellows on June 7. "This senator told me that finally she came to the Shrine of the Book. She stood right behind a little...

  • Keeping Jews in the Flock

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Brace yourselves, people: We're about to celebrate a holiday that touts intermarriage. Yep, our beloved Queen Esther married a goy -- minus the ol' now-a-Jew sniparoo. According to today's Jewish demographic reports, that puts Esther in the "Bad Jew" category.

    We're told repeatedly...

  • Who’s to Blame for Terror?

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Like many hothead progressives around the world, I preach antiracism, teach multiculturalism and recognize the United States to be a politically and culturally imperialistic society.

    Proper revolutionary that I am, I have no problem with guerrilla warfare against oppressive regimes,...

  • Who’s to Blame for Palestinian Despair?

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like many hothead progressives around the world, I preach antiracism, teach multiculturalism and recognize the United States to be a politically and culturally imperialistic society.

    Proper revolutionary that I am, I have no problem with guerrilla warfare against oppressive...

  • Food Poverty Grows in Israel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When, not so long ago, the director of an Israeli nonprofit organization noticed that an employee would appear at work every Sunday morning so fatigued that he could barely function, he issued him a stern warning to "stop partying so hard on Saturday nights."

    The gaunt-looking...

  • Romance in the Negev

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He closed the cap on my gas tank, returned the nozzle and handed me a slip of paper.

    "What's this?" I asked.

    "A coupon for a car wash," he responded. "Kind of like a present." He smiled, dazzling me.

    "Give me another present," I said, handing back the slip of paper. "Your phone...

  • Preparing for War

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Hi, uh, I need to prepare for the war," I awkwardly told the clerk at the Tel Aviv branch of Home Center. Somewhere in my tree-lined Northern Califonia brain, I expected him to have no idea what I was talking about. Instead, he efficiently led me to a section replete with full...

  • Arab Accountability

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

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