Music

The electronic music DJ who is beating a path to the top

By Charlotte Oliver, February 27, 2014

Friday nights tend to be a mixed bag for DJ and music producer Ilan Bluestone. One week he will be lighting the Shabbat candles with his extended family in Hertfordshire. The next will find him on stage at one of the biggest nightclubs in the world, playing his music to thousands of fans.

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Alice Sommer-Herz, world's oldest Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2014

Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

Born in Prague in 1903, she survived the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin to become a world-renowned concert pianist in Israel.

Ms Sommer-Herz moved to London in 1986 and spoke of how the tragedy of her younger years had "enriched" her life.

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Mapping out musical on street guide

By John Nathan, February 17, 2014

I walk into a Soho room where a new sweet-sounding musical about Phyllis Pearsall, who wrote the A-Z — the London street guide, not the alphabet — is being rehearsed. But then somebody says “filthy Jew”. Now I’m thinking maybe this musical is not so sweet.

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One love? Plan to promote Arab clubs to Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2014

Israelis could soon be asked to forget politics and head to “Palestine” to party.

According to a report on Israel Radio, the Palestinian Authority is considering hiring Israeli advertising gurus to encourage Israelis to chill out in Ramallah.

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Roger Waters attacks Scarlett Johansson over quitting Oxfam

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2014

Roger Waters has written an open letter to Scarlett Johansson accusing her of "undeniably not paying attention" to Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd singer criticised the actress over her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream instead of continuing her work with the charity Oxfam.

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Haim and Drake nominated for Brit Awards

By Sandy Rashty and Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A host of Jewish music stars are in the running for this year’s Brit awards.

Nominees announced on Thursday include Canadian rapper Drake and leading all-girl band Haim.

Drake, who has regularly spoken of his Jewish roots, was nominated for International male solo artist.

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How music saved the Isserlis family

By Steven Isserlis, January 9, 2014

My late father, George Isserlis, was born into war. Making his entry into this world in 1917 in Odessa was perhaps not the best-judged timing; but he was a survivor, dying only a few weeks short of his 95th birthday.

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JC Video Diary: Getting in the groove at Limmud 2013

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

The JC team's video highlights from an action-packed and music-filled Limmud 2013.

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Fury as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters likens Israel to Nazi Germany

By Daniel Easterman, December 12, 2013

Rock musician Roger Waters has compared Israel’s policies towards Palestinians to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

In an interview with the left-wing American online magazine, Counterpunch, the former Pink Floyd front-man said: “The parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious”.

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The holy hippy who got Arabs and Jews dancing

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, December 11, 2013

One of the most intriguing rabbinic characters of modern times was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; the charismatic outreach pioneer, storyteller, musician and hippy. His colourful career is the subject of a new biography by Natan Ophir.

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