Orthodox Jewish beatboxers wow on 'America’s Got Talent'



Orthodox yeshiva students Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Levity appeared on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

(JNS.org) Two Orthodox-Jewish yeshiva students from Manhattan wowed the judges of the 11th season of "America’s Got Talent" with their beatboxing skills on Tuesday.

Judges Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandell, and Mel B watched Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton, dressed in their traditional tzitizt, beatbox Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass." All four judges voted to put the two contestants through to the next round.

"How did you two meet?" Mandell asked the students. Swartz-Brownstein explained that they met in Israel, “at the Western Wall, which is the holiest place in the Jewish tradition.” They are local performers in New York City, with Leviton going by the moniker "The Orthobox" and Swartz-Brownstein by "The Aleph Bass." Leviton has also performed with the popular Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats. Swartz-Brownstein is a member of the Yeshiva University singing group the Y-Studs.

Posted on July 7, 2016 .