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Mixed Reviews For Pro-Settler Pop

01/21/2014
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After two viral videos in which she transformed Miley Cyrus hits into anti-land-for-peace messages, Orit Arfa is reveling in the attention.

Orit Arfa, star of a video in which she swings on a wrecking ball, takes proud right- wing, pro-Israel positions.

A Super Bowl Winner Speaks

Lineman Alan Veingrad to discuss his religious journey at the Manhattan Jewish Experience.

01/21/2014
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There are some things in life that money can’t buy. A Super Bowl victory is one of them. Undrafted out of East Texas State University and told he didn’t have the chops to make it in the NFL, Alan Veingrad became a starting offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and later won the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

Alan Veingrad

Marrying Reb Shlomo To An Afrobeat Groove

01/14/2014
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First you hear some vocal “percussion,” then the drummer drops a bomb and a ferocious horn section tears into a complicated, propulsive riff. You listen and you’re thinking, “Gee, I know this tune, but ... oh, wow, it’s Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s ‘Ein Keloheinu!’”

The Zion80 musical group, inspired by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Phovo via Zion80.com

Sunrise On ‘Fiddler’ Lyricist’s Forgotten Musicals

01/14/2014
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He may be best known as the lyricist for “Fiddler on the Roof,” but Sheldon Harnick, who turns 90 this year, is one of the most prolific artists in the American musical theater. Now, audiences will have a rare opportunity to see some of Harnick’s lesser-known works, including some for which he also wrote the book and music. For its annual Musicals in Mufti series, the York Theatre Company is staging four forgotten Harnick musicals over the next two months (yorktheatre.org, [212] 935-5820).

Best known for “Fiddler on the Roof,” Sheldon Harnick says he never saw himself “specializing in Jewish themes.”

Presidents Conference Goes Greek

01/08/2014
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W ill meetings of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations soon feature togas and beer kegs? Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi is the first college student organization to be a full member of the conference, an umbrella organization for more than 50 U.S. Jewish groups that focuses primarily on promoting pro-Israel positions. Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is an adjunct member of the conference.

Bialik Gets Earful (Of Advice) On Israel Trip

Actress gets 'Jewish mothered' after revealing anxieties about journey with her two small sons.

12/31/2013
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Just minutes after “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik announced Monday that she is bringing her two sons, ages 5 and 8, for a visit to Israel this week, dozens of Jewish mothers in Israel began to offer her advice.

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik gets “Jewish mothered” about upcoming trip to Israel with her kids. Getty Images

Broza Crosses Over, Into East Jerusalem

12/31/2013
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David Broza is one of those fortunate artists who are never at a loss for a new project. When he was interviewed in this newspaper a year ago, he was talking about an album of musical settings of poetry by Pablo Neruda. That project, he said a few weeks ago, is still going on, but it got shoved to the back of the queue by another long-time dream turned into reality: a record and documentary film that put him in the studio with Israeli and Palestinian musicians for a program of songs about peace; the CD was recorded in east Jerusalem.

David Broza’s latest CD/documentary film project is “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.”

Israel’s ‘Daily Show’ Brings Its Satire To N.Y.

12/24/2013
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When “Matzav HaUma” (“State of the Union”), a popular Israeli talk show that takes a satirical look at the country’s political landscape, comes to New York next month, host and creator Lior Schleien hopes to learn if there is a disconnect between Israelis and Americans.

The cast of “Matsav HaUma” (“State of the Union”) tapes live here on Jan. 14. Photo courtesy “Matsav HaUma”

Lipa Hits Broadway

12/24/2013
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Lipa Schmeltzer is coming to Broadway.

Not a bad achievement for a guy who, 15 or so years ago, was driving a delivery truck for a kosher butcher. Or for a guy who has been described as the “Hasidic Bruce Springsteen.”

Chasidic music star Lipa Schmeltzer’s new show is part concert, part theater piece. Photo courtesy Lipa Schmeltzer
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