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The luthier on the hill

By Yoni Peres KIBBUTZ ALONEI HABASHAN, Golan Heights — Driving on the winding road, up the hills of the Golan Height, one cannot ignore the breath taking scenery – Lush green rugged meadows, lakes, creeks and little water falls, and cowboys on horses leading herds of cows. Not far from the Golan “capitol”- Katzrin, I […]

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A country legend’s wife gives a heartbreaking update on his condition

Glen Campbell is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of the past 50 years, but his advancing Alzheimer’s disease has robbed him of the ability to play. Glen’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, opens up about Glen’s condition in a new interview with “The Tennessean.” He can still play a little air […]

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Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 90

Chuck Berry, one of the most influential figures in American popular music, has died at age 90. Police were called to a medical emergency early Saturday afternoon, according to St. Charles, Mo, County police, according to the department’s Facebook page. Inside the home, medics found an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques, according to the […]

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Joni Sledge, of ‘We Are Family’ group Sister Sledge, dies at 60

Joni Sledge, who belonged to the four-sister disco-era group Sister Sledge, best known for its No. 1 hit “We Are Family,” died Friday at her home in Phoenix, a spokeswoman for the group announced. She was 60. No cause of death has been announced. “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family,” said the Sledges in a […]

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Barack and Michelle Obama were spotted in NYC having lunch with a famous musician

Barack and Michelle Obama were spotted having lunch at a New York City eatery with U2 frontman and activist Bono. The trio was seen at the Upland restaurant in Manhattan, an establishment that the former president has frequented in the past. During the outing, the former first lady was dressed stylishly in black pants, a […]

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This spicy Chilean Jewish singer is hot in Korea

Heard on television and in movies, Yael Meyer’s English and Spanish songs rack up millions of views in the most unexpected places By Lisa Klug LOS ANGELES — Singer-songwriter Yael Meyer is a 21st century fusion. The long-necked, doe-eyed native Chilean sings with a measured sweetness in English and Spanish while gracefully wielding her electric […]

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President Rivlin sings with Arab Hebrew teacher who went viral

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nehama hosted at the Presidential residence on Wednesday a teacher named Jeehan Jaber from the Ibn Sina school in Taibe. The president and Jaber called on Arab citizens of Israel to study Hebrew and for Jewish citizens to study Arabic. Jaber was accompanied by Taibe mayor Shuea Masrawa Mantzur, […]

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Pat Boone and the story of ‘Exodus’

  By Jerry Klinger LOS ANGELES — Pat Boone, world famous singer, movie actor and writer has been a lifelong friend of Israel. His active continuing career has spanned over 62 years, selling more than 46 million albums, 38 Platinum top forty singles, starring in 12 movies and a hit T.V. show. Yet, he will modestly […]

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Newly Found Songs from the Holocaust Still Haunt

The history of music is rich with sounds spurred by suffering. During the Holocaust, songs of defiance and belief helped captive Jews confront and temporarily alleviate their misery. Now, a long-lost recording from 1946 is providing a poignant new soundtrack for understanding life in the Nazi concentration camps and Jewish ghettos. Just after World War […]

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What Torah teaches about being cruel to be kind

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In 1979 pop singer Nick Lowe put out a single that became a classic: “Cruel to be Kind”: Oh I can’t take another heartache Though you say you’re my friend, I’m at my wit’s end You say your love is bonafide, but that don’t coincide With the things […]

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The ‘Body and Soul’ of American jazz

“There’s no bum like a ‘pretty good artist’ and I think you’re ‘pretty good.’” –Johnny Green’s father By Eric George Tauber LA JOLLA, California –The 2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival has come and gone. With eighty different screenings at five venues –with filmmakers traveling from as far as Hungary and Israel- and selling more […]

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‘Refugee’ violinist blends Russian-Jewish roots with modern tones

Yevgeny Kutik’s family fled the USSR’s institutionalized anti-Semitism with a suitcase of sheet music when he was 5. Now he tours the free world with a century-old violin By Matt Lebovic BOSTON — As a 5-year old refugee from the former Soviet Union, Yevgeny Kutik came to the United States with music in his veins. […]

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Newly Found Songs from the Holocaust Still Haunt

The history of music is rich with sounds spurred by suffering. During the Holocaust, songs of defiance and belief helped captive Jews confront and temporarily alleviate their misery. Now, a long-lost recording from 1946 is providing a poignant new soundtrack for understanding life in the Nazi concentration camps and Jewish ghettos. Just after World War […]

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Theme Song for ‘The Last Laugh’

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−While Michael Flynn frantically tried to destroy his DVD of From Russia with Love, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival is entertaining audiences day and night at a variety of venues in the city through February 19th.  I had the honor to introduce The Last Laugh, a documentary about comedians and […]

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