Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sivan 5, 5775
Do-do that thing you do? Israel's Dudu Fisher will do it at the Merriam
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Long before Susan Boyle ever dreamed of dreaming a dream, Dudu Fisher was doing it. Israel's got talent: And Fisher, an extraordinary voice on that nation's musical landscape, landed the job that awakened American audiences to his protean talents. In 1993, the sabra solidified his stellar status as he assumed the starring role of Jean Valjean on Broadway in "Les...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
The music never stops. We may fall behind during the summer months or retreat from the world during the High Holidays, but it's futile to try to pick up where we left off. You'll never catch up, so it's best just to dive right back into the sound of now. The latest addition to my stack of party-starters is "Exotic...
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Seeking some answers on how best to modernize High Holiday services
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
All over North America, cantors are in rehearsal for the High Holiday services, which begin with the advent of Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Sept. 18. Meanwhile, there are fast-growing minyanim not affiliated with mainstream denominations whose leaders are also preparing. These minyanim attract a significantly younger cohort of congregants in their 20s and 30s than more establishment congregations...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Two recent Jewish musical experiences have demonstrated their artists' attempts to affect Middle Eastern discourse. The wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest has been staged in European and Middle Eastern cities for 50 years, and it is always a leading international television extravaganza. Israeli entries "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and "Hallelujah" won in 1978 and 1979. This year, the Israel Broadcasting Authority selected Achinoam...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Straight outta Morrisville, Pa., comes rapper Asher Roth, who released "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" on April 20. If you don't immediately grasp the significance of that date (during Passover), then you're not the pothead poet's target audience. So much mainstream music -- not just hip-hop, but pop and country, too -- appeals to the lowest common denominator. People want...
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