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  • Beyoncé dons Israeli designers’ creations for mega visual album

    By Michael Seinberg on August 14, 2020
    By NAAMA BARAK (Israel21c via JNS) – Beyoncé has done it again, producing a visual album called “Black Is King” and sending the world into an absolute frenzy. That’s good news for the Israeli designers featured in it, and whose creations—the word “clothes” won’t do them justice—have now reached millions of Queen Bey fans worldwide. “Black Is King”was recently released as a […]
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  • Orthodox music star performs song celebrating Donald Trump at Jewish summer camp

    By Michael Seinberg on August 11, 2020
    By SHIRA HANAU NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – The original song is about the repeated oppression of the Jewish people throughout history. The rewritten song is a prayer for Donald Trump to win his  presidential  re-election. Orthodox Jewish pop star Yaakov Shwekey sang an ode to Donald Trump at an Orthodox overnight camp based on his hit song “We Are […]
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  • Sharon Kohn joins Beth Emeth as interim cantor

    By Michael Seinberg on July 15, 2020
    ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany recently welcomed Sharon Kohn to its staff to serve as the congregation’s interim cantor for the upcoming year. The congregation will welcome Cantor Kohn through a ‘live stream’ at the Shabbat service on Friday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m. The following morning, she will lead Torah study at 9:30 a.m. A ‘Drive-by’ Shabbat Shalom outside […]
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  • Battling rare illness, journalist plans June 22 musical tribute to Jewish moms

    By Michael Seinberg on June 17, 2020
    By HEATHER ROBINSON (JNS) – Sometimes, even the most adult person just wishes their mom could make it stop hurting. Desire to honor his late mother has prompted one New York City man to organize a concert in her memory at a time when much of the world needs comfort. Journalist Alan Zeitlin, who suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, […]
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  • Colonie Chabad lists Pre Shavuot concert program

    By Michael Seinberg on May 20, 2020
    ALBANY– A preShavuot program featuring Rabbi Moshe Bitton has been organized by the Chai Chabad Jewish Center of Colonie for Wednesday, May 27, at 5:30 p.m. The interactive Zoom concert and discussion is open to the community, according to Rabbi Mordechai Rubin, codirector of the Chabad Center. Bitton was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He has lived in Israel and served […]
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  • Ne’imah’s annual concert postponed

    By Michael Seinberg on May 20, 2020
    ALBANY–Sherry Kearns, president of the Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus, has announced the postponement of its 28th annual spring concert that was to be held on Sunday, May 31, at the Massry Center for the Arts, with guest artist, Cantor Shira Ginsburg of NYC.  Given the current situation with COVID-19, and, in consideration of the health and of membership, musicians and […]
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  • Colonie Chabad to note Lag B’Omer with cello concert

    By Michael Seinberg on May 6, 2020
    ALBANY– As gathering together physically is not an option this year, the holiday of Lag B’Omer will be noted by the Colonie Chabad Jewish Center with a zoomed Lag B’Omer event. Guest cellist Sholom Eagle of Toronto, Canada will perform on the holiday, Tuesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. Eagle started playing cello at the age of five. Beginning with classical […]
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  • Meet the dad bringing Jews stuck at home the sounds of Torah — set to children’s books

    By Michael Seinberg on April 22, 2020
    By SHIRA HANAU NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Simmy Cohen has hardly read from the Torah since his bar mitzvah. When he’s not working at his marketing job from his home in Queens, New York, Cohen spends far more time these days reading children’s books to his 13-month old daughter. But with a spark of comedic genius and perhaps a […]
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  • ‘The Prince of Egypt’ composer on the musical theater adaptation, his career and his family’s Passover tradition

    By Michael Seinberg on April 15, 2020
    By STEVE NORTH NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – “The Prince of Egypt” is having another moment in the desert sun. The 1998 animated film on Moses and the Exodus story has been turned into a recent musical in London. It’s streaming on Hulu. And in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the original movie’s music is getting online love from […]
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  • After 40 years, Lionel Richie gives first concert in Israel

    By Michael Seinberg on March 13, 2020
    (JNS) – American singer Lionel Richie performed his first concert in Israel recently at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena. The “All Night Long” singer, who began his 90-minute show an hour-and-a-half earlier than originally announced to avoid a conflict with Israel’s third election day in a year, told the audience that he was happy to finally be in Israel. “My […]
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