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A Concert Of Reconciliation

Catholic group honors Jews in free Lincoln Center event.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Other than the Zionist revival of a Jewish state, the most remarkable — once inconceivable — development for Jews after 2,000 years may be the 180-degree Vatican shift from enmity against Judaism and Jews to an official policy of reconciliation and love for its “elder brother” in faith.

Kiko Arguello, head of The Neocatechumenal Way, has written “The Suffering of the Innocents” as “a bridge of reconciliation.”

iTunes Labels Jewish Music As 'Christian & Gospel'

09/19/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) – Apple’s iTunes has put some of the most well-known Jewish and chasidic singers in the online music store “Christian & Gospel" section.

The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that musicians such as Avraham Fried, an Orthodox Jew; Mordechai Ben-David; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach all have some albums categorized in iTunes’ “Christian & Gospel” genre section.

Commentary Kicks A Dead Horse: A Eulogy for JDub Records

For the young, artistic, mostly Brooklyn-based set, JDub Records was a boon. Founded in 2001, it announced this week that it was shutting its doors because of money problems.  It's a real loss to the Jewish community. To be sure, the closest JDub ever got to mainstream success was by being an early booster of Matisyahu, though if you live in New York, or L.A., Miami, or San Francisco, they've brought lesser-known (though I think much better) musicians to your town that most others probably never heard of. 

JDub Closing For Financial Reasons

07/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After nearly nine years of operation and 35 album releases, JDub has announced that it will close up shop for financial reasons.

The not-for-profit record label that is best known for helping to launch the career of reggae star Matisyahu worked to help Jews in their 20s and 30s “forge vibrant connections to Judaism through music, media and cultural events,” according to its mission statement.

Reggae star Matisyahu is the most prominent performer whose career was launched by JDub.

Familiar Sound: Anat Cohen Picked As Top Clarinetist

06/13/2011 - 20:00

For the fifth straight year, Tel Aviv native Anat Cohen received the clarinetist of the year award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

The awards were presented here on Saturday.

Cohen’s latest CD, “Clarinetwork,” featured the music of legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman. It was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 2009 during a weeklong centennial tribute to Goodman and included the A list rhythm section of Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums.

Anat Cohen: Honored by Jazz Journalists Association.

Comedian Joel Chasnoff: 'Happy Jewish Song'

Comedian Joel Chasnoff explains what Christians and Jews have in common: songs that tell a story.

Making Audiences’ ‘Ears Think’

The spiky, avant-garde music of Chaya Czernowin comes to the Miller Theater.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It takes a steely will and a ferocious intelligence to write serious avant-garde music. But it never hurts to combine those traits with personal charm and, above all, a sense of humor. In evidence, we offer Chaya Czernowin, the Israeli composer whose works are being showcased at the Miller Theater on April 15.

Czernowin, 53, has no illusions about audience response to her music.

Czernowin has drawn on Israeli and Jewish authors, such as David Grossman, for inspiration. Thomas Roma

Rock Hall Set to Welcome Neil Diamond

03/13/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is set to induct Neil Diamond.

Diamond, 69, who launched his career as a songwriter in the 1960s in the Brill Building songwriting factory, penning hits for groups like The Monkees, will be inducted Monday night at a ceremony in New York.

He soon launched a solo career, and his rich baritone coupled with his lively onstage presence earned him the sobriquet "the Jewish Elvis," with hits like "Solitary Man" and "Cherry, Cherry."

Lover Of God, Lover Of Music

Composer/professor/author Jack Gottlieb, past president of the American Society of Jewish Music, dies at 80.
03/07/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The name of Jack Gottlieb’s music company was Theophilous Music, Inc., and on his website, there is a legend that reads, “In Latin, Theophilous is ‘Amadeus.’ In German, it is ‘Gottlieb;’ and in English it is ...?” The answer, of course, is “lover of God,” which is an apt cognomen for a composer and musician whose work centered on the Jewish liturgy, directly and indirectly.

Gottlieb was first full-time professor of music at HUC.
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