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Music for Yom Kippur: Kol Nidrei, The History of a Song and a Prayer

Kol Nidrei is an Aramaic phrase which means far more than its literal translation, “All Vows.” This statement of annulment of vows has become such a dominant part of the Jewish religious psyche that it...
The High Holiday services, often called “Bowl Hashanah,” are hosted by Friday Night Jams/Because Jewish and will be led by Rabbi Daniel Brenner; Jeremiah Lockwood (musical coordinator); vocalist and bass player Yula Beeri; and trumpeter and Antibalas co-founder Jordan McLean. Credit: BecauseJewish.com.

Sounds of the season: Live and pre-recorded performances to boost holiday worship

Relix magazine and the Brooklyn Bowl are well-known to music lovers worldwide. This year, they will become even better known as they host “High Holidays –A Suite of Spiritually Driven Holiday Services,” an innovative musical worship experience...

Shana Tova. A Gut Yor – Duo Gefilte Fish

Shana Tova. A Gut Yor - Duo Gefilte Fish
Esther Bejarano. Source: Twitter.

Auschwitz survivor who used music to help combat racism, anti-Semitism dies at 96

Holocaust survivor Esther Bejarano died on July 10 at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, Germany, at the age of 96, according to The Associated Press. Born in 1924 in the French-occupied German town of Saarlouis, Bejarano...

Music of the Jewish Diaspora Festival

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yiddish New York and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance TONIGHT! 6:30PM The Beary Brothers Featuring Psoy Korolenko, Zisl Slepovitch and Ilya Shneyveys New Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, Safra...
Nefesh Mountain duo Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff. Credit: Courtesy.

Fusing bluegrass with Judaism, Nefesh Mountain seeks to uplift during challenging times

Thanks to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and the Torah, Mount Sinai is the best-known mountain in Jewish history. If the husband-and-wife bluegrass team of Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff continue their climb through...
Music book. Credit: Pixabay.

Going a capella for the period of Jewish mourning

When comedian Mendy Pellin posted on Twitter that “Sefira music is the audio equivalents of Pesach cereal,” he was referring to the recent trend of Orthodox singers to produce albums and singles of a capella music...
Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel take part in prayer on the Sigd holiday at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade overlooking Jerusalem on Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Black (and Jewish): Braving the pitfalls, Jews of color find inner and outer peace

It’s one of the few rap videos around that features a lead singer in frockcoat, tallis and shtreimel—paired with a cascade of gold chains (one bearing a Magen David) and leopard-skin scarf—dancing with guys...

Grave of Samuel Cohen, composer of Hatikvah is restored

Shmuel Cohen, or Sam Cohen to us less Yiddish aware, is a relatively common Jewish name.  There are 708 Sam Cohens in just California and New York alone.  There is only one Shmuel Cohen...