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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend- an exclusive interview with Tomer Adaddi

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 18, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    Tomer Adaddi is an Israeli award-winning composer, pianist and musical producer, who has worked and collaborated with international musicians such as Andrea Bocelli, Mercedes Sossa, Il Volo, the Tenors, Michael Buble' and others.


    He was born in 1983 in Raanana, Israel, and...

  • Calendar: October 11-17

    By Laura Donney

    October 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    SAT | OCT 12

    “THE HEBREW HILLBILLY”

    Yeehaw! Shelley Fisher’s Hollywood journey begins in Memphis, Tenn. — and growing up Jewish in the Deep South with dreams of performing can make for a colorful childhood. This one-woman musical show, with 14 original songs by Fisher, Kenneth...

  • Sportin’ Life was right, but what about that Torah tune?

    By Roger Price

    June 13, 2013 | 6:50 pm

       Sportin’ Life, the dope peddling conman who lived on Catfish Row in 1930s Charleston, South Carolina -- at least in the musings of George and Ira Gershwin and writers DuBose and Dorothy Heyward -- never did delve deeply into higher Biblical criticism.  He probably never even...

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    By Elyse Glickman

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

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  • August 11-17, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 8, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    SAT | AUG 11

    NEIL DIAMOND
    The Grammy-winning pop-rock icon played a series of sold-out shows at the Greek in the summer of 1972, which led to the multiplatinum double live album, “Hot August Night.” Forty years later, Diamond returns to the Greek stage to celebrate the anniversary...

  • August 3-10, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 1, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    SAT | AUG 4

    “THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS”
    The ninth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival features the world premiere of composer Assaf Rinde’s “Meditation on a Sephardic Theme,” performed by guitarist Edward Trybek. Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin and pianist Jean-David...

  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

  • ‘Upper West Side Story’ - The Groggers [MUSIC VIDEO]

    September 8, 2011 | 10:50 am

  • Online memorial service for Debbie Friedman scheduled for Sunday night [RECORDED VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    January 9, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    [UPDATE] This is a recording of a live broadcast from Sunday night, January 9, 2011.

    The JCC of Manhattan will broadcast a live memorial service at 5pm PST tonight to remember the late Debbie Friedman

    Friedman, a popular singer and songwriter who is widely credited with...

  • Collectors recover lost era of Jewish America on vinyl

    By Lilly Fowler

    December 3, 2008 | 9:06 pm

    Born into the traditions of both Modern Orthodoxy and Reform Judaism, Josh Kun grew up on the streets of Pico-Robertson trying hard not to stand out.

    Still, Kun (who today calls himself a typical "dysfunctioning Los Angeles Jew") admits he was one of the few teenage boys to coast...

  • Trumpeter gives cantorial classics fusion makeover

    By Eric Herschthal

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Ten years ago, this would not have been: Steven Bernstein, a jazz trumpeter whose most popular bands include the Sex Mob and a Kansas City-style big band, leading a group playing jazz-inflected cantorial tunes. But at a recent Sunday night gig at the Jazz Standard in New York,...
  • There’s no shame in the Shondes’ melodious yelling

    By Rachel Ament

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    The Shondes live in Seattle at the Crocodile Club, 12/5/07


    It is no easy feat to yell melodiously, but the Jewish rock quartet, The Shondes, has achieved just that. The screams on their new album, "The Red Sea," sound ancient and somewhat cantorial, piping in from the Old Testament to...

  • Eight Jewish albums hit high notes in ‘07

    By George Robinson

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like Walter Cronkite, what kind of a year has it been in Jewish music?

    It's been a very good year, though you wouldn't know it from this annual compilation of five-star records -- there are only eight this year, the fewest in the decade I've been doing this....

  • JDub worldwide concerts add synergy to the season

    By George Robinson

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The buzzword in business circles is synergy. That's what JDub Records was looking for when it began to think about its third annual Chanukah event.

    And when Daniel Brenner, vice president for education at the Birthright Israel
    Foundation, told JDub heads Aaron Bisman and Jacob...
  • ‘Tent’ meeting showcases new spirit of synagogues

    By Ron Wolfson

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A crowd of 4,500 gathered recently at the ornate Fox Theater in Atlanta for a celebration of Jewish spirit and synagogue life that can accurately be described as a Jewish tent meeting.

    "Hallelu Atlanta" was an extraordinary moment in the history of one of the fastest-growing Jewish...

  • For listening, for giving—klezmer and its cousins

    By George Robinson

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Romashka Live at Joe's Pub
    After two consecutive years of a mailbox clogged with new Chanukah music, this year seems to have produced a drought of latkes-candles-and-dreidel epics. No matter. There are plenty of terrific CDs around that will make good gifts for those who do the...
  • Master of musical fusion blends klezmer with salsa

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    These days, the world is constantly getting smaller, and musical styles don't respect national or traditional boundaries. Matisyahu, for example, has made a name for himself by fusing Eastern European Chasidic strains with Jamaican reggae.

    At the Skirball recently, Chango Spasiuk...

  • Matisyahu—reggae king without a crown?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Has Orthodox reggae star Matishayu severed his ties with Chabad-Lubavitch? Is he a bad influence on religious youth? And is he still frum?

    Blogs have been buzzing over these questions since Matisyahu appeared to distance himself from Chabad last month.

    "My initial ties were through...

  • The Blissful Minyan

    By David Suissa

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Eliezer Garner at Montreal Ashram
    For a minute, as I stood near the entrance of my home, I could have sworn I was in Jerusalem. We were in that moment of transition, when Shabbat had just come in, but there was still some light.

    As a large procession of...

  • Milken music archive is a treasure trove

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Can you tell the story of a people by its music?

    Last November, the classical music label Naxos released the 50th CD of its American Classics series, music from the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, so the time has come to give the archive its props (just imagine Randy...

  • Cute, menschy boy bands make traditional tunes cool

    By Leah Hochbaum

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In June 2005, the Backstreet Boys released "Never Gone," an album filled not with the teeth-rotting pop confections of the group's youth, but with songs of a more adult contemporary style. To date, the disc has sold some 3 million copies -- huge numbers for most bands, but a far cry...
  • Fairfax Shops Feel the Squeeze

    By Bobbi Murray

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A venerable Jewish business in the Fairfax District has received a short-term stay of execution. Hatikvah Records, an internationally known vendor of both popular and rare Jewish music, will remain open at 436 N. Fairfax Ave. until mid-January, despite earlier reports that its...

  • B’nai B’rith Radio Launches on Web

    By Matthew E. Berger

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    Headphones on, face pressed against the microphone in a cramped cubicle, the leader of one of the best-known Jewish organizations in the country is reliving his youth.

    Well, sort of.

    "This is B'nai B'rith Radio, and I'm your host, Dan Mariaschin."

    Mariaschin is far from the...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Find yourself laughing tonight as Debbie Kasper and Sheila Kay perform their two-woman show, "Venus Attacks!" Their parody of New Age gurus and seminars and self-help Mars/Venus philosophizing had critics raving when they performed the show in 2001. Don't miss it this...

  • The Circuit

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Touch of Kotton

    The apparel industry is not just about sartorial splendor. On Nov. 22, the aptly named Issy Kotton, and the less-aptly named Fred Lionetti both received the Apparel Industry Humanitarian of the Year Award at a black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton.

    Kotton is a...

  • Beyond ‘Avinu Malkeinu’

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To most people, "Jewish music" is something familiar: the "Avinu Malkeinu" they hear every Rosh Hashana, a Yiddish lullaby or the theme from "Schindler's List."

    Neal Brostoff thinks way outside that particular box.

    Brostoff is the impresario responsible for "Beyond Bim-Bam: New...

  • Where Religion Meets Bohemia

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "What on earth is that?" asks Jordan, a 27-year-old actor in Los Feliz.

    He is staring at a dancing rabbi on a flatbed truck that is inching its way down Vermont Avenue, one of the main boulevards in Los Feliz.

    Vermont has a certain bohemian air about it. Like Jordan, many of the...

  • Cantors Sing a New Song

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If Jewish Los Angeles seemed a more melodious place in late June, you can thank 250 of the Reform movement's sweet singers of Israel, who gathered in Beverly Hills to celebrate Jewish music and share their knowledge, skills, and repertoire.

    The 47th annual convention of the American...

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