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A New Book Remembers The Italian Orchestra Conductor Who Fought Nazism

By On July 13, 2016

In 1936, famed conductor Arturo Toscanini was distressed by the rise of Nazism and fascism. Though not Jewish himself, he wanted to help Jews avoid persecution. That year he met with the… Read More

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An Israeli Band’s Dreamy New Music Video Goes Viral

By On April 13, 2016

The video for Tel Aviv-based Jane Bordeaux Band’s pretty, wistful acoustic song “Ma’agalim” has been making the rounds on the Internet, and for good reason—it’s gorgeous: https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/162052542 The animated music video features… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World
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The Israeli Band Carrying the Torch for Yemen’s Last Jews

By On March 28, 2016

The recent airlift evacuation of 19 Yemenite Jews to Israel made international news — now, there are only 50 Jews remaining in the Middle Eastern country. The 2000-year-old Jewish community in Yemen seems… Read More

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Jewish Founding Member
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Jewish Founding Member

By On November 16, 2015

Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers made it big with hits like “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away,” they were playing Los Angeles dive bars to a devoted local fan base.… Read More

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Meet Bin Laden’s Favorite Jewish Musician

By On August 17, 2015

Here’s who you might not have expected to have an extensive audiotape collection: Osama Bin Laden. Here’s who you definitely wouldn’t expect to be found in it: an Algerian Jew. The BBC… Read More

The Grateful Dead, Now in Hebrew!
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The Grateful Dead — Now in Hebrew!

By On April 20, 2015

Sagol 59 is the godfather of Israeli hip-hop — it’s not exactly a widely-contested title, but man, he’s good. Sagol has made a career out of doing what you’d least expect him… Read More

A Classic Seder Song Like You've Never Heard it Before
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A Favorite Seder Song Like You’ve Never Heard it Before

By On April 3, 2015

Can music change the world? Create peace? For some, that might be marketing copy. For the members of Diwan Saz, an incredibly skilled multi-faith and multi-ethnic 9-piece band, it seems to be… Read More

Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs
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Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs

By On March 25, 2015

Who’s got Singapore’s back? For a tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries, the answer is obviously “another tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries,” i.e. Israel. But it turns out Israel doesn’t just have… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World
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The Israeli Sisters Whose Music Video is Sweeping Across the Arab World

By On March 23, 2015

On March 8, a music video uploaded to YouTube flew from the Israeli desert to Yemen and through the Middle East. Its three stars, sisters Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim (not to… Read More

Mindblowing Israeli Hip-Hop that Explodes the Hebrew Alphabet
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Meet Victoria Hanna, The Israeli Hip-Hop Artist Who’ll Blow Your Mind

By On February 23, 2015

There’s a video that’s been making the Internet rounds this past week of Israeli vocal artist Victoria Hanna’s strange and captivating new song. In the video for “Aleph-bet (Hosha’ana)”, she’s dressed as… Read More

The Righteous Gentile With The $4 Million Violin
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First He Rescued Jews, Then He Lost His $4 Million Violin

By On June 26, 2014

Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, rescuer of over 1,000 Jews from Nazi persecution, world-renowned virtuoso violinist. This is a guy we can get behind. Born in Poland in 1882, Bronisław Huberman had an ear… Read More

Groucho Marx's Favorite Boy Violinist
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Groucho Marx’s Favorite Boy Violinist

By On June 19, 2014

Long considered perhaps the greatest violinist of his time, Jascha Heifetz was a virtuoso’s virtuoso. Born in Vilnius in 1901, Heifetz started young, receiving his first lessons from his father—a violin instructor—at three. By seven,… Read More