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  • Moving and shaking: FIDF YL Gala; Persian New Year; Matisyahu; and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 25, 2016 | 12:34 pm

    The Friends of Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership’s (FIDF YL) ninth annual gala on March 12 at Hotel Alexandria raised approximately $500,000, according to FIDF YL president and gala vice chairman Zach Zalben.

    Emceed by comedian Dan Ahdoot, the evening drew more than 1,100...

  • Matisyahu makes the old new again at the Wiltern Theatre

    By Ryan Torok

    March 3, 2016 | 12:16 pm

    Matisyahu’s Hasidic days are over, but his music remains spiritual and his fan base Jewish as evidenced on Wednesday night at the Wiltern Theatre, where the musician headlined a concert billed as “An Evening with Matisyahu.”

    Clean shaven, his grayed hair tied into a ponytail and...

  • How Matisyahu became a Hasidic humanist — in his own words

    January 14, 2016 | 3:31 pm

    Matisyahu’s personal and religious journey — from non-religious stoner teen to Hasidic reggae rocker to non-Orthodox Jewish symbol — has been tracked closely in the media.

    On Friday night, the Jewish reggae star sat down to tell his story in his own words, no holds barred. He...

  • Moving and shaking: JWW Global Soul Award, Matisyahu, Netiya and more

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Jewish World Watch (JWW) awarded its 2015 Global Soul Award to the Katzburg Gabriel family on Nov. 18 during its annual gala event, held at UCLA Royce Hall.

    “We look forward to working with you for the furtherance of this humanitarian mission,” Stuart Gabriel said upon receiving...

  • ADL honors Matisyahu for standing up to anti-Israel boycott

    October 19, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League honored the American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu for standing up against an anti-Israel boycott.

    Matisyahu performed his anthem “Jerusalem” on Thursday at the ADL annual meeting in Denver.

    In August, he was slotted to play at the Rototom SunSplash...

  • The nine best Jewish pop culture moments of 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 3:04 pm

    This year, as always, Jews contributed to the worlds of art, music, literature, film, television, comedy — and even Instagram modeling. Here are some of the moments that made members of the tribe stand out in the increasingly bizarre, fast-paced whirlwind of American pop culture.

  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Matisyahu is one busy non-Chasidic reggae artist

    By Ryan Torok

    September 1, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Matisyahu has a lot going on these days. Media outlets everywhere covered the debacle over the European music festival that canceled Matisyahu’s performance before re-inviting him to perform, and the latest from Matisyahu following that celebrated concert is that he will be...

  • Matisyahu performs outside Auschwitz following Spain appearance

    August 27, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

    The Jewish-American singer gave an intimate acoustic concert Tuesday night in the tiny Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot...

  • Recent actions of BDS groups expose discriminatory, anti-Semitic underpinnings

    August 25, 2015 | 9:37 am

    Last week, the world was exposed to some of the fundamental flaws of the “Boycott Israel” faction known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Sadly, in this case, the victims were artists.

    The first incident occurred when Israeli director Roy Zafrani, whose...

  • Matisyahu Played, but BDS Racism is Winning

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 23, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    We won the battle, but are losing the war.

    As much as anyone I’m thrilled that Matisyahu performed “Jerusalem” at the Rototom reggae festival this past Saturday night in Spain.

    Organizers had to apologize and re-invite him after they cancelled him.

    The cancellation was...

  • Matisyahu performs ‘Jerusalem’ in Spain amid Palestinian protests

    August 23, 2015 | 8:16 am

    American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu sang his famous song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain.

    Matisyahu performed a 45-minute set early Sunday morning at the Rototom SunSplash Festival, two days after the festival apologized for...

  • Following apology from Spanish festival, Matisyahu confirms he will perform after all

    August 21, 2015 | 10:17 am

    After being re-invited, American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu confirmed he will perform at a Spanish music festival.

    On Friday, two days after the Rototom SunSplash Festival apologized for canceling his performance in the face of pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment...

  • Why we shouldn’t be so upset that Matisyahu got the boycott

    August 20, 2015 | 9:54 am

    The righteous uproar over the Matisyahu fiasco has fled as quickly as it came. Disquieting and galling as it was, we really ought to celebrate: it is one of the few victories we’ve had in a bad streak of stinging defeats.

    The cherry on top is that we didn’t even...

  • Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘Appalling and offensive’

    August 19, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Jewish-American reggae singer and rapper Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood.

    On his Facebook page on Aug. 17, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no...

  • Spanish reggae festival changes tack, reinvites Matisyahu

    August 19, 2015 | 9:22 am

    A Spanish reggae festival, bowing to an international outcry, on Wednesday reversed its decision to cancel an invitation to American Jewish musician Matisyahu because he had failed to spell out his views on Palestinian statehood.

    The organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash festival...

  • Spain condemns of Matisyahu cancellation at reggae festival

    August 18, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    The Spanish government condemned on Tuesday a Spanish reggae festival's decision to cancel a concert by an American Jewish musician after he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    [MORE: Matisyahu's comments on the concert controversy]


  • Jewish groups protest cancellation of Matisyahu’s Spanish concert

    August 17, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival cancelled a concert by an American Jewish musician when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his...

  • [UPDATED] Matisyahu performs at music festival that had dropped him from its lineup [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    August 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    [UPDATE: Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.]  Matisyahu performed on Aug. 22 at a Spanish music festival that had cancelled his performance due to apparent pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement before inviting him back to perform.

    "Tonight was difficult but...

  • Matisyahu ousted from Spanish festival for not endorsing Palestinian state

    August 16, 2015 | 9:18 pm

    Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood.

    The Jewish-American reggae singer was scheduled to perform Aug. 22 at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, near Barcelona. But his show was canceled after...

  • Calendar June 1 - August 30

    By Laura Donney

    May 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    TUE | JUN 3


    You’ve seen the banners around the city and we’re here to confirm it: Israel’s favorite son is coming to Los Angeles. Following the triumphs and tribulations of Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel), the musical is the...

  • Aboard the S.S. Jewlicious

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Slave hunters, reggae stars, cabaret, slam poetry — it was just another weekend at Jewlicious Festival, the eclectic, diverse Jewish festival put on by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

    Jewlicious is a grass-roots organization based in Los Angeles whose aim is to unite Jews of every...

  • Matisyahu on music, religion and life in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Less than 24 hours after performing with the Moshav Band at the Jewlicious Festival in Long Beach late on March 1, musical artist Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) was sitting in the bleachers of the frigid L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, watching two of his sons, Laivy...

  • Cute video of the day: Matisyahu’s kid sings

    June 17, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Nothing says “happy Father’s Day” like your very own kid covering your very own song.

    In this clip, which Matisyahu posted to YouTube (and we saw on Jewcy), the reggae star’s son Shalom sweetly belts out a kiddified version of “Live Like A Warrior.”

    Like father like son…mostly. While the former hasid has lost his peyas, Shalom’s still sporting them.

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: April 6-13, 2013 [YOM HASHOAH CALENDAR]

    By Ryan Torok

    April 3, 2013 | 8:30 am



    This Arab-Jewish ensemble, composed of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and four musicians from Israel’s Arab community, performs a concert for peace in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 65th birthday. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free. Wilshire...

  • Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance [Q & A]

    March 13, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he's raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.


  • For Matisyahu, no beard, no entry

    January 29, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Since Matisyahu shaved his beard last year, the former Chasidic reggae musician has been suffering all sorts of blowback. Along with losing his facial hair, sidelocks and the love of some Jewish fans, apparently he’s lost his VIP status in the eyes of club bouncers, too.

    At the...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 15-21, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 10:01 am

    SAT SEPT 15

    “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”
    The feature-length documentary explores the life of the 89-year-old, comic-book legend, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Directed by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence...

  • Hollywood dybbuk invades suburbia

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2012 | 8:09 am

    If you thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another pre-teen phase, there may be an alternate explanation: The Dybbuk is back and has returned to the screen in “The Possession.”

    Rooted in 16th century Jewish mysticism and folklore, a dybbuk is the dislocated spirit of an...

  • Sam Raimi’s latest horror flick draws on ‘true’ tale, Jewish exorcism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Back in 2004, the horror-flicks mogul Sam Raimi was riveted by a Los Angeles Times article headlined “A Jinx in a Box?” which recounted the strange history of a wine cabinet brought to this country by a Polish concentration camp survivor. The box contained “allegedly, one...

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