Jews and Jazz (Part One)


By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to SOURCE 5775

While music historians generally agree that jazz music grew out of a confluence of European harmony and varying forms of music largely gleaned from the African-American experience including blue notes, improvisation and syncopation, little acknowledgment has been given to the influence of Jews in its development.

It turns out that all ethnic groups – Jews included – had a profound influence on each other in the birthing process of jazz. This is true for the Irish, Italian, German, East European, Chinese, Caribbean and Mexican …
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Bus stoning latest of small scale terrorist attacks


JERUSALEM (Tazpit News Agency) — A bus was stoned near Pisgat Ze’ev, in Jerusalem at 7:45 this morning, the latest in an ongoing series of small scale terror attacks. Though the bus was damaged, there were no injuries reported. The 143 bus line runs from Kochav Yaakov …
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By Ami Eden

NEW YORK (JTA) — “See it. You Decide,” the Metropolitan Opera of New York exhorts in a promotional push capitalizing on the controversy over its new production of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Well, I saw it.

And I’m not sure which was more of a letdown, the hubbub over the show or the show itself.

Let’s start with the critics and protesters, since they are responsible ultimately for turning the show into …
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Palestinian drives into crowd, is killed

A Palestinian drove a car into a crowd waiting for the Jerusalem light rail at the Givat HaTachmoshet (Ammunition Hill) station earlier today. Eight people were reported injured including an infant in critical condition and three listed as seriously injured.

The driver, who attempted to escape by foot was shot dead by …
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Israeli Chief Rabbinate: Freundel’s conversions are valid

(JTA) — The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism.

On Tuesday, the Rabbinate clarified that it was joining the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America in affirming the validity of the conversions, a day after the Rabbinate said it …
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Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions.

The bill, sponsored by the Hatnua party led by Tzipi Livni, passed one reading in the Knesset plenum in the summer.

The Orthodox Chief Rabbinate, which oversees all conversions …
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