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Matisyahu’s Public Transformation: What The World Doesn’t Understand June 5, 2012 4:02 pm

Matisyahu’s Public Transformation: What The World Doesn’t Understand

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. And while it made headlines in the mainstream...

Holocaust Survivors’ Objections Silence Tel Aviv Wagner Concert June 5, 2012 6:30 am

Holocaust Survivors’ Objections Silence Tel Aviv Wagner Concert

Tel Aviv University on Monday denied a request to hold a concert of works by the 19th-century...

Madonna Wraps Herself in Israeli Flag as MDNA Tour Kicks Off June 1, 2012 7:00 am

Madonna Wraps Herself in Israeli Flag as MDNA Tour Kicks Off

Billboard – Pop music star Madonna treated tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in...

Avicii Rocks Tel Aviv, Same Night as Madonna Kicks Off MDNA in Israel June 1, 2012 5:30 am

Avicii Rocks Tel Aviv, Same Night as Madonna Kicks Off MDNA in Israel

Madonna wasn’t the only international music star in Tel Aviv on Thursday night.  Avicii,...

Madonna’s Tour Approaches Tel Aviv Kickoff, Dancer Tweets From “Palestine” May 29, 2012 3:07 pm

Madonna’s Tour Approaches Tel Aviv Kickoff, Dancer Tweets From “Palestine”

Singer Madonna will host the opening show of her latest concert tour, “MDNA,” in Tel Aviv...

Conan O’Brien Headed to Israel for Madonna’s MDNA Kickoff May 25, 2012 9:19 am

Conan O’Brien Headed to Israel for Madonna’s MDNA Kickoff

Conan O’Brien is heading to Israel next week to cover the opening show for Madonna’s...

A Lifetime of Jewish Music on Display at Lincoln Center May 23, 2012 10:18 am

A Lifetime of Jewish Music on Display at Lincoln Center

Matthew “Mati” Lazar has been dedicated to the creation of Jewish music for most of his...

Israel’s Izabo Competes for Glory at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (VIDEO) May 18, 2012 11:58 am

Israel’s Izabo Competes for Glory at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (VIDEO)

As one of the largest musical contests in the world – Eurovision Song Contest 2012 –...

Drake and Jones, Hollywood’s New Jewish Power Couple? May 11, 2012 9:37 am

Drake and Jones, Hollywood’s New Jewish Power Couple?

Drake, who made no secret of his love for Judaism in a recent hip-hop video, is rumored to...

Barbara Streisand Will Return to Brooklyn for Historic Performance (VIDEO) May 10, 2012 10:53 am

Barbara Streisand Will Return to Brooklyn for Historic Performance (VIDEO)

NY Times – They may not be the luckiest people in the world, but Brooklyn people who...

Matisyahu New Single “Sunshine” Available for Free Download (VIDEO) May 10, 2012 9:10 am

Matisyahu New Single “Sunshine” Available for Free Download (VIDEO)

Matisyahu has released his new single, “Sunshine”, and in the spirit of giving,...

Jewish Hip Hop Hits the Nation’s Capital May 4, 2012 9:00 pm

Jewish Hip Hop Hits the Nation’s Capital

Washington Post – Judaism and hip-hop. To some, the word association may seem odd or...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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