Performance

‘Baal Shem Tov Meets Broadway’ in New Neo-Chasidic Rock Opera

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It’s the culmination of three decades of songwriting. It was recorded in the shadow of two divorces. It’s classically inflected rock, it’s stuffed with...

Why Do You Like the Songs You Like? Startup Aims to Find Out

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Scott Miles went to his first concert (Tesla and Poison) two months before his bar mitzvah. “I was amazed at how everyone in the whole...
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Playwrights Place Shiva in the Spotlight for Philly Fringe Fest

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Benjamin Behrend and Logan Schulman know people don’t typically associate sitting shiva with entertainment. That didn’t stop them from creating “Welcome to the Shiva House,”...

Jewish Singer Doja Cat Wins MTV Best New Artist Award

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By Josefin Dolsten Singer and rapper Doja Cat is 2020’s best new artist, according to MTV. The singer, whose full name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini,...

Yiddish Psychedelic Rock Band Forshpil Brings Electric Guitar to Shtetl

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Weimar, Germany — What if the Yiddish-speaking poets and songwriters had electric guitars and amps in the shtetl? That’s the question Sasha Lurje and her...

How Music Defined Israel’s Evolving Sense of Self

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Can a song build a state? David Peretz thinks so. In his lecture series “100 Years in 30 Songs: Soundtrack of a Resurrected Nation,” the musician,...

Comedians Talk Jewish Identity and Israel

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Young Jewish Leadership Concepts co-founder Lou Balcher realized in July that his organization’s annual rafting trip in the Pocono Mountains wasn’t going to happen....

Dance Piece Inspired by Children’s Art from Terezín Ghetto

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Artist House choreographer Asya Zlatina didn’t tell her dancers the inspiration behind their show “Maybe Even Higher” until they were only a few weeks...

Here Are All the Notable Jewish Emmy Nominations for 2020

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By Emily Burack Though much about the 2020 Emmy Awards ceremony is not yet known, one thing is clear: Jewish TV stars are well positioned...

Philly Faces: Songwriter Jared Feinman

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Jared Feinman, 27, was once bound for a different life. He was just a few credits shy from graduating from the University of Richmond with...