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  • Bette Midler sings to dying fan over the phone (VIDEO)

    June 27, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    Hope you have a tissue handy.

    In this heartbreakingly sweet video, Bette Midler makes a special phone call to superfan Anna Greenberg, who is dying in the hospital with cancer. Midler thanks Greenberg for her support and praises her for her courage. "You're such an angel," Midler...

  • Fighting for religious pluralism in Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 15, 2012 | 10:46 am

    [UPDATED on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.]

    The arrest of Israeli feminist Anat Hoffman at the Western Wall last month sent ripples of alarm across the Jewish world, and leaders in Los Angeles will address their concerns about religious pluralism in Israel to Los Angeles’ Israeli...

  • Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups

    October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law.

    But this time, police actually arrested Hoffman -- a first, she says -- and the incident...

  • The value of voice

    September 12, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    As we prepare for the High Holy Days, we often do not consider one aspect  of ourselves, our voice. I’m taking about our actual vocal cords; our means of producing sound. 

    We use our voice to chant along with or respond to the cantor, but many of us will also use our voice...

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  • Israel’s ‘American Idol’: The contest and the winner

    March 20, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Adam Kleinberg has the rock star look and sound down pat. With a coif of heavy, brown dreadlocks, and dressed mostly in black and leather, this 22-year-old Mexican Jew has a powerful voice with deep range.

    Kleinberg took first prize in last year’s “Hallelujah” global Jewish...

  • Military chief slams settler rabbi over women’s singing

    November 21, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Israel’s military chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, slammed a settler rabbi’s claim that religious soldiers would rather face a firing squad than attend a ceremony in which women sing.

    Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, head of the Elon Moreh hesder yeshiva, said in a Nov. 18 interview on...

  • Winners of Jewish song contest to make aliyah

    October 10, 2011 | 11:12 am

    The top two finishers in an international Jewish singing contest are immigrating to Israel.

    Adam Kleinberg, 21, of Mexico, who won the first place in the Hallelujah music contest in August, will be studying music in Israel, according to Ynet. Kleinberg, 21, whose great-grandmother...

  • ‘Israeli Idol’ Diana Golbi brings act and message to U.S.

    September 19, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    For her first visit to New York and the United States, Diana Golbi adopted the unofficial uniform of most city dwellers—head-to-toe black. Black shirt, black top and tight black jeans. Her long brown hair was straight and hung past her shoulders.

    Pointing to her stiletto heels,...

  • There is nothing like seeing your kid singing Christmas Carols!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 17, 2010 | 1:47 pm

    Wouldn’t you agree that there is nothing like watching your child singing Christmas Carols in a school performance?  I am sorry, let me re-phrase that.  There is nothing like watching your Jewish kid singing Christmas Carols, in a school performance!  Am I right? 

    All the schools...

  • No Bieber Fever Here!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 9, 2010 | 9:22 am

    Well, as much as I swore to never speak or write about this Bieber kid, here it comes:

    I can’t stand the kid!  What is the hype all about?  Seriously, the kid is not cute, his voice is sub-par at most, and if everyone hasn’t noticed he’s got a Tick.  Have you looked at him...

  • VIDEO: Sukkot services with the Happy Minyan

    November 9, 2008 | 3:38 am

    The spirited, eclectic Happy Minyan of L.A. davening Hoshana Rabba concluding Sukkot. Guest chazans, New York’s Yehuda Green and Lazar Wax, lead and deliver the cantillation.

     

  • VIDEO: Chazzan Chaim Adler—‘Kaddish’ @  Selichot services in Tel Aviv

    By The Web Guy

    September 21, 2008 | 3:22 am

    Chazzan Chiam Adler, chief cantor at Tel-Aviv’s Great Synagogue, sings the Kaddish. Recorded at first Selichot service. September 21 2008 midnight.  Spectacular chazzanut and wonderful singing by the congregation.  Towards the end, you can hear a little kol isha.  Is that our videographer, Y227, up in the womens’ balcony?

     

     

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Amonai Shamati—Moroccan High Holy Day Piyyut

    September 10, 2008 | 4:44 am

    Beautiful, pleading Sephardic High Holiday piyyut (hymn,chant) recited on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur before Amidah. Tradtional Moroccan melody sung by Eyal Bitton.

    Piyout sepharade chanté à Roche Hachana et Yom Kippour avant l’Amida. Air marocain. Soliste: Eyal Bitton.

  • VIDEO: Moroccan Jewish sacred singing

    May 11, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    Leon Azancot, a wonderful 80 year old Tangerine Jew (he should live to 120), sang some piyyutim in Hebrew and explained them in Spanish at his insurance office over the Socco Grande (entrance to the souk) in Tangier, Morocco.

    Video by Vanessa Paloma.

    Vanessa wrote about her visit for The Journal.

     

  • Gole to lead Cantor’s Assembly

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Joseph Gole of Sinai Temple will be installed as president of the international Cantors Assembly during the organization's convention in Los Angeles, at a time when the profession is facing changes and challenges.

    Highlight of the May 6-10 meeting will be "On the Wings of...
  • Voices of women loud and proud with ‘Vox Femina’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    More than a decade ago, when Gay Men's Chorus director John Bailey lobbied Iris Levine, chair of the music department at Cal Poly Pomona, to start up a parallel women's group, she balked. "It wasn't something I wanted to do," she said over the phone recently, recalling how Bailey...
  • Songs of the South

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It appears Fox TV's "American Idol" has a Jewish contestant heading to the finals. Twenty-seven-year-old Elliott Yamin from Virginia, auditioned for the pop star search and singing competition in Boston, and has gone on to make it into the top 24, and then, on March 9, into the top...

  • Two Shows Set the Stage for Chanukah

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Two winters ago, in one of its traditional Victorian teas, A Noise Within (ANW), the classical repertory theater company in Glendale, staged a series of holiday readings from actors as varied as Ed Asner and Fred Savage. One of ANW's own troupe members, Len Lesser, in his inimitable...

  • Roll It, Pat It and Mark It With a ‘B’

    By Gabriella Gershenson

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For the birthdays of each of her grandchildren, Babulinka used to bake a krendel, a traditional Latvian cake in the shape of a B. The classic shape was really a figure eight; it just looked like a B to Babulinka's youngest grandchild, and so it became "the B cake."

    The cake isn't...

  • Secular Fans Hip to Religious Rapper

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    He's into rap, hip-hop, reggae -- and religion. He's not a Christian rocker; he's a Chasidic reggae/hip-hop musician.

    Matisyahu is the artist formerly known as Mathew Miller -- until he found God, Lubavitch-style, almost five years ago.

    The 25-year-old certainly beats to his own...

  • Aroeste Gives New Life to Ladino Tunes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Purists were skeptical when Sarah Aroeste debuted her Ladino rock 'n' roll band back in 2001. Most artists singing in the fading Sephardic language were traditionalists, performing classical versions of songs dating to the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492.

    But here was Aroeste,...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's 'Theo' Time

    The 80th birthday of actor, singer, Soviet Jewry champion and Yiddish language true believer Theodore Bikel was marked by more than 1,300 well-wishers with the June 6 concert, "Theo! The First 80 Years," at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater.

    The fluid 90-minute show...

  • Long-Hair Music Gets Kid’sBuzz Cut in ‘Beethoven’s Wig’

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Move over Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. If you really want your children to learn the classics -- and know the composer's name to boot -- check out "Beethoven's Wig, Sing Along Symphonies." The Grammy-nominated release by Richard Perlmutter adds witty lyrics to some of classical music's...

  • Matzah, Matzahman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Everyone wanted to clone our mother, which is why we created our Dancing Matzahman, said Davida Lampkin-Tydings. Actually, the singing, swaying doll -- voted best new Passover item at the 2003 Kosherfest -- looks like a male chef wearing matzah print. But press his foot, and the...

  • Exile the So-So Seder

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some people like their Passover seders just as they remember them: the same lines recited by the same relatives with the same emphasis, the same songs, jokes and foods, the same delicate glassware that picks up the light in a certain way, reflecting past and present.

    David Arnow...

  • VBS Reaches Out With Tunes and Tie-Dye

    By David Finnigan

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish tunes, Grateful Dead-style tie-dyed T-shirts and rows of singing, swaying, arm-in-arm Jews gave a summer camp feel to Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) "25th Hour" event, which marked the end of the Valentine's Day Shabbat.

    Nearly 400 people came to the Conservative Encino...

  • Jerusalem

    By Amy Klein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "A voice from the heavens/

    Carries down to the whole world/

    The angel is crying above/

    Lamenting his son's image."

    Israeli countertenor David D'or might be singing about himself in the ethereal song, "A Voice From the Heavens." With a three-and-a-half-octave range, the crossover pop...

  • Livin’ La

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Diex sees himself as an ambassador, a bridge between the unlikely worlds of the prayer filled synagogues and the groove-shaking beats of J Lo, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

    Since he moved to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires 18 months ago, Diex's reggae and...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    More More. Celebrity Staged Play Reading producer-director Alexandra More presents another installment in the series tonight and tomorrow. "The Floating Lightbulb" is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy penned by Woody Allen that revolves around a Canarsie family in 1945....

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    A documentary about an old-age home. Sound like a snoozefest? Au contraire! More like the IFP's L.A. Film Fest. By showing the lives of Lucille Alpert, 95, and Irja Lloyd, 81, two spitfire old ladies living in a politically progressive L.A. retirement home, today's film...

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