Music

Israel has the X Factor for Paula and Simon

By Charlotte Oliver, October 29, 2013

Former US X Factor judge and 1980s pop star Paula Abdul arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday ahead of a 10-day trip that will see her tour Israel, meet the president, and even have a batmitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall.

Ms Abdul will be travelling to major sites in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism.

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NNLS proves there is such a thing as a free lunchtime concert

By Charlotte Oliver, October 28, 2013

New North London Synagogue (NNLS) echoed with the sound of Chopin as it launched its first in a series of free lunchtime concerts.

The project, known as Intermezzo, kicked off with performances by cellist Rebecca Herman and pianist Peter Foggit who played for just under an hour in the synagogue’s beit knesset.

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Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed dies aged 71

By Charlotte Oliver, October 28, 2013

Rock legend Lou Reed, who began his career fronting the 1960s band Velvet Underground, died yesterday at the age of 71.

The exact cause of death has not been reported, but according to his literary agent, it was a “liver-related ailment”.

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Watch: sisterhood flash mob takes Tel Aviv

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

Women ran for leadership positions in 40 municipalities in Israel this week - more than double the numbers of previous years.

To spread the message, WePower - a feminist NGO in Israel - organized a flash mob in central Tel Aviv to the rousing sounds of "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves".

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Miley Cyrus attacks 'old Jewish men'

By Charlotte Oliver, October 14, 2013

Miley Cyrus has added a fresh outrage to her record of controversy by taking aim at “old Jews” in the music industry.

The 20-year-old singer said in a recent interview: “It’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old.”

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Blood-libel opera opens in Budapest

By Valentina Jovanovski, October 11, 2013

A blood libel in which Jews were falsely accused of killing a young Christian girl and using her blood in a religious ritual in 19th century Hungary is the basis for a new opera opening this weekend in Budapest.

The Red Heifer is based on a true story set in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlár, where 14-year-old Eszter Solymosi disappeared in 1882.

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Sinatra, the Gershwins and me — a life of American song

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

Michael Feinstein says Americans have lost their appreciation of the arts. So the singer, pianist and purveyor of The Great American Songbook is eagerly anticipating his capital concert next month as part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters star of David pig protest

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2013

Jews in Manchester are angry that rock guitarist Roger Waters displayed an inflatable pig bearing a star of David during a concert, even though they warned the venue it would cause offence.

The Pink Floyd frontman, and well known supporter of a boycott of Israel, performed at the phones4u Arena Manchester last week as part of “The Wall” tour.

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Madonna’s Kabbalah rabbi Philip Berg dies

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2013

Madonna’s Kabbalah teacher Rabbi Philip Berg has died aged 86, after battling 10 years of ill-health.

Known as the “rabbi to the stars”, he had developed a large celebrity following in Los Angeles, with students including Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher visiting his famed Kabbalah Centre.

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In praise of Verdi, the musical mensch

By Norman Lebrecht, September 13, 2013

When the proposal beeped in my inbox, the first thought that sprang to mind was of those medieval jousts when a prince ordered a rabbi to debate divine truth with a bishop, the loser to face exile or death.

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