New York’s Immigrant History In Song

Wander the streets of the Lower East Side, and you’ll still find pockets of vibrant Jewish life as well as traces of what once was. These days, the scenery is ever-changing, with new construction, new storefronts, new streetscapes.

Singer-songwriter David S. Goldman

Leonard Cohen’s New ‘Birthday’ Song Is Very Jewish — And Very Dark

09/22/2016 - 12:29

Leonard Cohen released a new song on Wednesday, which happens to be his 82nd birthday — but it isn’t quite a celebratory tune.

Leonard Cohen in concert at London’s O2 Arena, Sept. 15, 2013. (Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

Soaring In Song

In between songs about love, the passage of time, more love, marriage and dreams, Beth Selter narrates the story of her own life in her cabaret performance, “The Chance to Sing,” at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, September 18th. She’ll sing Sondheim, the Beatles, the Gershwins, telling of her Long Island childhood, her steadfast modern orthodoxy, her family and her passionate desire to sing. 

Beth Selter

Israeli Fans Swoon As Queen Plays ‘Hava Nagila,’ Adam Lambert Tries Hebrew

09/13/2016 - 13:45

The greatest Jewish moment of the Queen+Adam Lambert concert came from the most unexpected of places.

American singer Adam Lambert performing with the British band Queen at a concert in Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv, Sept. 12, 2016. JTA

Israel’s New Soul Stirrers

08/23/2016 - 13:25
Special To The Jewish Week

While the vast majority of Israelis are secular, one would never know it from the rock and pop songs that are dominating the country’s music scene these days — tunes that are filled with religious references, efforts to connect with divine energies and longing for release and redemption. As the renowned Israeli intellectual Yossi Klein Halevi (author of the award-winning “Like Dreamers,” about the Israeli paratroopers who reconquered the Western Wall during the Six-Day War) put it last month at a rabbinic conference in Jerusalem, “Israel’s most secular art form is becoming its most religious one. And its most Israeli art form is becoming its most Jewish one.”

Ted Merwin

Lou Pearlman, Who Formed Backstreet Boys And *NSYNC, Dies In Prison

08/22/2016 - 10:18

Lou Pearlman, who formed and managed the boy bands Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, died while serving a 25-year prison sentence for a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Lou Pearlman formed & managed the boy bands Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC (pictured here at the 2001 People's Choice Awards.) Getty

Drumming On The Hudson

As the Israeli percussion group Tararam performed at Battery Park, the energy was so high that they seemed to draw the passing ferries, tugboats, sailing boats and even cruise ships a little closer, off course.

Tararam Company Members in New York City. (Doron Raphaeli)

Bulletproof Stockings' Co-founder Goes Solo

Chasidic rocker Perl Wolfe emerges with a new band and a new attitude at JCC Rooftop Show.

07/11/2016 - 15:35
Editorial Intern

It isn’t exactly like Paul and John and George and Ringo going their separate ways, but when Perl Wolfe takes the stage this week on the JCC Manhattan roof, her fellow Bulletproof Stockings co-founder, Dalia Shusterman, won’t be behind the drum set.

Musician Perl Wolfe finds her stride on a new musical path. Nicholas Tinsley.

Shir Inclusion: No Madness Involved

Michael’s life took a turn for the better when he became a volunteer at Melbourne’s first ever Jewish Music Festival, Shir Madness. After a phone interview he was allocated to one of the most senior volunteer roles of venue manager. He attended the training and spent some time clarifying details of the task at the volunteer briefing. He did a really great job on that day. Unbeknown to us, Michael had spent many years at a special school and had never before in his life been given a position of responsibility.

Some of the Shir Madness Mensches. Courtesy of Melinda Jones

African-American Opera Singer Revives The Songs Of The Shtetl

08/02/2015 - 20:00

Berkley, Calif. - Three years ago, when Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell took the stage at a Jewish vaudeville celebration and said he was going to sing in Yiddish, people laughed.

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. RNS
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