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Students fume at pro-BDS band’s planned performance at Ben-Gurion University
“As a resident of Sderot, which has been suffering from incessant rocket fire and incendiary bombs, it is a disgrace that the university is hosting a band that encourages Gaza ‘freedom fighters,’ said Dov Trachtman, a master’s student at Ben-Gurion University.
Jerusalem court rules against New Zealand BDS activists
They have been ordered to pay some $12,397 in damages for their role in the cancellation of a scheduled performance in Tel Aviv last year by the popular singer Lorde.
Beersheva native named as new chief conductor of BBC Philharmonic
Abigail Klein Leichman
Omer Meir Wellber, 36, is also the principal guest conductor at Semperoper Dresden and music director of Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel.
Music to their ears? Entertainment industry group works to thwart cultural efforts of BDS movement
“Boycotts do not cause peace. Boycotts cause more division among people. More polarization,” says the New York director of Creative Community for Peace, which supports artists and encourages artists to perform in Israel.
High Holidays 2018
Tapping into the ‘Golden Age’ of cantorial music for the 21st century
Carin M. Smilk
Ordained Chabad rabbi and cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz has traveled the world honing his voice and performing skills, and is now part of an effort to revive the classic tradition of “chazzonus,” the quasi-operatic Jewish music of more than a century ago.
Rappers Tyga, Fat Joe cause cancellation of music festival in Israel, citing ‘security’ issue
The sudden loss of the two top performers led to scrapping the whole things. Ticket-holders were told that they could get refunds.
Singer, composer and music producer Shim Craimer tunes in to ‘aliyah’
His newest song, “Tziyon,” originally produced as a closing-credits song for an Israeli movie yet to be released, will be set to a music video of his family’s aliyah, produced in partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh.
Young Ethiopian Israeli receives piano from former prime minister Ehud Barak
Ten-year-old Oshri Bitau from Nazareth Illit was discovered to have exceptional piano playing abilities by his piano teacher, but his family could not afford an instrument of their own.
Israel rocks, according to bassist Dave Rublin
Part of the band American Authors, he talks about his new album, growing up Jewishly, traveling to Israel on Birthright and how music brings people together—and should be shared.