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  • Why this Rabbi likes The Boss

    1 week ago

    A rabbi friend in the States knows a priest in Philly who says that Bruce Springsteen is the most important Catholic theologian today. I wouldn't know, but as a rabbi I do know something about theology and religion, and I've little doubt about the Boss's power as a galvanizing...

  • I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    By Craig T.

    1 week ago

    I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    Multiple Choice – Please Choose ONE! Achinoam Nini, better known as Noa:

    ____ Represents the Palestinian people, and is not a true Israeli.

    ____ Is a supporter of right wing Israeli settlement politics.


  • The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey dead at 67

    3 weeks ago

    Glenn Frey, the prolific guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of the Eagles, died on Monday at age 67, the American rock band known for "Hotel California" and dozens of other hits said on its website.

    Frey died in New York City of complications from rheumatoid...

  • Yiddish Art Trio brings a collection of influences to Klezmer outfit

    January 13, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    Clarinetist Michael Winograd, accordionist Patrick Farrell and bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen have carved out a unique niche in the larger klezmer shtetl as the Yiddish Art Trio. It’s a concert ensemble that plays original, forward-looking compositions but also is deeply immersed in the...

  • Itzhak Perlman named winner of 2016 Genesis Prize

    December 14, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Itzhak Perlman, the Israeli-born violin virtuoso, was named the third winner of the Genesis Prize.

    Perlman was named the winner on Monday of the annual $1 million prize that has been dubbed the “Jewish Nobel.” He joins former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the...

  • Hanukkah Rocks is Profound and Delightful, Ten Years On

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 9, 2015 | 6:09 pm

    One of the most important commentaries on Jewish life in America was released ten years ago and is still sadly flying under the radar. Even when recognized, it is usually misunderstood. I am speaking of course about the LeeVee's Hanukkah Rocks Album, originally released ten years...

  • Lisa Loeb lights up the Skirball Cultural Center

    December 9, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    A year after writing her first Chanukah song, Lisa Loeb returns to the Skirball Cultural Center to help celebrate the season. 

    The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter takes the stage at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 for a family-friendly set as part of the Skirball’s Chanukah Family Festival and...

  • Melissa Manchester is loving the life

    December 9, 2015 | 11:46 am

    "You Gotta Love the Life” is the title track of Melissa Manchester’s latest album and a kind of personal and spiritual mantra. It’s the essence of what she conveys to students at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where Manchester teaches master classes, and at Citrus College in...

  • Elton John to headline Life Festival in Auschwitz town

    December 7, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    Elton John will headline the next Life Festival Oswiecim, the Polish town where the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was located.

    John will perform there in June, the festival announced Thursday.

    “Like everyone, I am shocked by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and...

  • Groove, dance or chill at Sephardic Music Festival

    December 3, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Attendees should expect the eclectic at the 11th annual Sephardic Music Festival (SMF), which this month comes to Los Angeles for a second consecutive year. The event will feature music from across the traditionally Sephardic terrain, as well as a multimedia candlelighting event,...

  • Radiohead singer Thom Yorke compares YouTube and Google to the Nazis

    December 1, 2015 | 10:09 am

    The singer of the English alternative band Radiohead said that YouTube and its parent company, Google, have “seized control” of art like the Nazis did during World War II.

    “People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free,” Thom Yorke said in an...

  • The Orthodox punk rock-loving guitarist behind the sounds of ‘Jewish Afrobeat’

    November 13, 2015 | 12:20 pm

    “Jewish Afrobeat” almost sounds like an oxymoron. In some ways, it is – Afrobeat, the groovy fusion of upbeat jazz and funk pioneered by Fela Kuti, was inspired in part by the Black Power movement and African politics.

    This fact only adds to the allure of the sonic triumph that...

  • Top Israeli composer takes a ‘Journey’ to Los Angeles

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 12, 2015 | 12:47 pm

    Israeli urban legend has it that great musicians from the former Soviet Union who made aliyah first had to pick up brooms instead of instruments, working as street sweepers as they sought work in their talents. The story of Josef Bardanashvili’s rise to become one of Israel’s...

  • There’s a new Kinky Friedman in town

    November 12, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Kinky Friedman, the legendary “Texas Jewboy” country singer and raconteur, has recorded his first studio album in 32 years.

    “It was a long time between dreams,” Friedman said. “My friend Brian Molnar badgered me into making this album. He produced it on the ranch in Texas. It has...

  • Student benefit concert hopes to keep AMB’s doors open

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    David Pinto, founder of the Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB), speaks of his students like a proud parent. One past pupil is Rex Lewis-Clack, now 20, who is not only sightless but also an autistic savant at the piano, whose story was featured along with an interview with Pinto...

  • From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark

    October 12, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

    In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

  • East and west in Israeli music

    By Elad Massuri

    September 10, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Recently, a wide variety of Israeli singers have come to Los Angeles to perform: Mizrahi-style singers such as Eyal Golan, Lior Narkis and Avihu Medina, and Israeli pop singers such as Rami Kleinstein, Arkadi Duchin and Harel Skaat.

    Their audiences missed hearing good music in...

  • Guitar legend Marty Friedman talks U.S. tour, mega-stardom overseas, shedding the past

    By Darren Paltrowitz

    September 8, 2015 | 4:25 pm

    In the 15 years since guitarist Marty Friedman left heavy-metal band Megadeth and moved, two years later, to Japan, he has amassed millions of fans on the other side of the world. In that decade and a half, he has not only continued building his legacy as a guitar hero but also has...

  • Every piece of music tells a story

    By Rick Schultz

    September 8, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    An intellectual pianist in the best sense, Jonathan Biss has a probing and poetic musical mind wedded to a playful, spontaneous temperament. Biss, 34, is also a musician who craves performing in public. So much so that even though he wisely canceled a concert in April with the New...

  • Meet the Jewish singer whose music you already know from McDonald’s, MTV ads

    September 4, 2015 | 10:31 am

    You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

    At the moment, McDonald’s is featuring her songs in two commercials — one for frappes, the other for the $2.50 double cheeseburger-and-fries combo. They are the latest in a string...

  • The best and worst driving music, according to Israeli research

    August 13, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israeli research has bad news for music lovers: When your favorite song comes on the radio, it may make you a worse driver.

    Don’t despair, though, certain music may also improve your driving. That’s according to Israeli psychology professor Warren Brodsky.

    “The research is...

  • Ladies sing the blues

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 29, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Before she became the chart-topping, Grammy-winning, pill-popping artist, Amy Winehouse was just a nice Jewish girl from a suburb in London. She even looked the part. The long angular nose, creamy skin, high cheekbones, the dark shtetl hair … 

    According to the new documentary...

  • Believe the hype: New Public Enemy album named for Yiddish proverb

    July 21, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Public Enemy, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group, released their 13th studio album on Thursday. The title of the album, “Man Plans, God Laughs,” is a translation of a well-known Yiddish proverb.

    It’s unclear whether or not the band, formed in Long Island, New...

  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • WATCH: 50 Reasons to love Tel Aviv (and never, ever leave)

    By Simone Wilson

    July 14, 2015 | 9:41 am

    A video version of Simone Wilson's ode to Tel Aviv: We LOVE you, Tel Aviv

  • Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead

    July 7, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson.

    The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 19, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

    May 15, 2015 | 8:26 am

    Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89.

    King, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, had said in May he...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.

    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

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