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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Geva Alon is an Israeli folk/rock musician who writes and sings in English. He was born in 33 years ago in Kibbutz Ma'abarot, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In the year 2000, he became the founding member of the rock trio The Flying Baby, which released two albums:...

  • Drake samples Lauryn Hill, name-drops Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Manziel in ‘Draft Day’

    2 weeks ago

    Listen up people! Literally — our favorite Jewish Canadian rap star has a new song out, and you can hear it right here.

    It’s called “Draft Day,” and it features some familiar beats from Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” plus includes mentions of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and, surprisingly (in a very pleasant way) Jennifer Lawrence.

    Click here to listen

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    2 weeks ago

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    You probably don’t need an introduction to Hora - the traditional Israeli dance, but you probably didn’t know that it is not originating in Israel at all. This fun circle dance is originating in the Balkans, and its name (spelled differently in different countries) is cognate to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 21, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    If you’re into hard-core rock music, you should listen to the upcoming Israeli band, Ghost Flower

     

    The band is named after an actual flower, the Indian Pipe, which goes by the nickname “Ghost Flower” because of its chilling ghostly appearance. The band members are Ben...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

    ...

  • French rapper accused of praising Toulouse killer

    March 7, 2014 | 9:52 am

    A French watchdog group filed a complaint against a rap artist it accuses of glorifying the anti-Semitic murderer Mohammed Merah.

    The National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, filed the complaint with police this week against Elie Yaffa, better known in...

  • Haifa Symphony: Welcome to America, finally

    By Rick Schultz

    March 5, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    For Polish conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, long tours with symphony orchestras have become a way of life. In 2011, as music director of the Opole Philharmonic of Poland, he took the orchestra on its first transcontinental United States tour, which included 48 concerts in 19 states....

  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 28, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Gali Atari is one of the most famous Israeli singers, whose songs has been filling radio playlists for decades.


    She was born in 1953 to parents who immigrated to Israel from Yemen, and grew with two sisters who later also became famous (one is an actress and one is a radio...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 31, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Shiri Maimon is a singer and pop star who was discovered in the first season of the Israeli American Idol.


    Maimon (32) made her debut as a singer at the early age of ten, when she participated in a children’s song festival. She later used her larger-than-life voice to entertain...

  • Bikel plays ‘Jewgrass’

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 31, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Although I know it will disappoint some readers to learn that “A Jewgrass Revival,” at American Jewish University on Feb. 1, will not be a presentation of the latest Israeli hydroponic farming techniques for marijuana, I can say with confidence that this evening of Jewish Bluegrass...

  • PUNK JEWS: Los Angeles Premiere 2/8

    By Tera Greene

    January 30, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    GET EXCITED!

    PUNK JEWS is finally premiering in Los Angeles!!!

    Let me just say that I am SO happy to be back in LA right now. The energy of Los Angeles is vibrant with Arts, Music, Film and media that is worth engaging with.  PUNK JEWS (Dir. Jesse Zook Mann) is a film that...

  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Calendar: January 18-24

    By Laura Donney

    January 15, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | JAN 18

    PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

    The acclaimed violinist conducts one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious orchestras through some Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. Born in Tel Aviv, Zukerman trained at Juilliard before playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 10, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    Ofra Haza was an Israeli singer who won over the nation with her clear voice that gentle grace. At the beginning of her career, Haza was mainly inspired by Yemenite music, which made her well-known amongst the more Middle-Eastern parts of the Israeli population. As her career...

  • Music makes the long journey from Israel to L.A.

    January 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    It was late during World War II and Curt Lowens, a member of the Dutch resistance whose family had fled Berlin after Kristallnacht, saw an Allied plane in distress. He knew what he had to do. 

    Lowens followed the plane, watched as its pilots bailed out and then met them on the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 27, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Matti Caspi is an Israeli composer, singer, musician and lyricist. His many creations, for him and for other Israeli artists, granted him the title of one of Israel’s top musicians.


    His musical career launched while serving in the IDF as a performer in the Southern Command...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 20, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Boaz Sharabi is an Israeli singer and songwriter, and one of the biggest musicians Israel has seen in decades. His career has spanned more than 40 years, in which his deep voice and touching music, became the soundtrack of our lives. His songs combine acoustic rock, soul music,...

  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 13, 2013 | 11:36 am

    In the 90's, every teenaged girl's life revolved around Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and their world of Boy Bands. Every country in the world wanted a bite of the Boy Band success cake, and Israel was no different. In 1996, Hi Five was formed, filling playlists with light pop songs...

  • Yiddish swing

    December 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    During the 1930s and ’40s, even as young people across America were swing dancing to the beat of such Jewish bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Harry James, a vibrant musical subculture dubbed “Yiddish swing” was flourishing in an L.A. enclave, according to Tali Tadmor, a...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s musical Shabbat

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 10, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If Disney Hall has competition for beautiful acoustics in a magnificent setting, it is Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    For the Shabbat evening service on Dec. 6, some 70 extraordinary musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic squeezed onto an extended bimah in the great sanctuary,...

  • We are all ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 6, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, is the fictional story of one week in the life of a folksinger in Greenwich Village in 1961. The title character, played with total conviction by Oscar Isaac and supplied with credible material by the maven of American music,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    In Israel, there’s no Broadway, and the staged Musicals are considered a small, uncommon genre. That is, until Hanukkah. Once a year, for about a month around the time of Hanukkah, the Israeli public rushes to the theaters for the most musical time of the year. Every year, the...

  • Danny Sanderson in L.A., celebrating 40 years of Israeli pop music

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 4, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    If you’ve been to Israel in the last 40 years or heard Israeli popular music, then you probably know Danny Sanderson, who will be performing with his band at the Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University on Dec. 8. Sanderson was a founding member in 1973 of Kaveret (literally...

  • Lady Gaga set to play Israel this summer

    December 3, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga has plans to perform in the Holy Land in the summer of 2014, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

    The show, which will be Gaga’s second in Israel, will likely take place in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, and will likely not feature a kosher meat dress, although that...

  • ADL raps rapper Kanye West for ‘classic anti-Semitism’ [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League rapped rapper Kanye West over his off-the-cuff remarks in a radio interview that Jews and “oil people” are more well-connected than black people in general and President Obama in particular.

    “If the comments are true as reported, this is classic...

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