Coldplay to play 2 Israeli-Palestinian peace concerts near Dead Sea

(JTA) — The British rock band Coldplay will play two “peace concerts” for Israelis and Palestinians.

The concerts, set for Nov. 3 and 4, will be performed at an outdoor location north of the Dead Sea, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday.

The shows will aim to promote human rights and...
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British pop star George Michael, who had Jewish roots, dies at 53

(JTA) — British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly. He was 53.

Michael died at his home in England of heart failure, his publicist said. His family asked for privacy.

Michael first achieved fame as one of two members of...
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Bob Dylan speech at Nobel: Never had time to ask myself if my songs were literature

(JTA) — Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan said in a speech read at the Nobel Prize awards presentation that he “never could have imagined” that he would receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would...
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Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ to enjoy run at Temple Sinai on Sun.

While most New Orleanians are familiar with Georg Frederich Handel’s “Messiah” oratorio, few have had the opportunity to hear “Judas Maccabaeus,” another famous oratorio based on the hero of the Chanukah story.

The work will be presented by the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles...
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Bob Dylan sending acceptance speech to be read at Nobel ceremony

(JTA) — American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, will send a speech to be read aloud at the awards presentation in Stockholm.

The Nobel Foundation announced his acceptance speech will be read at the Dec. 10 banquet. One prize winner per category traditionally gives...
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Bob Dylan absent as American Nobel laureates visit White House

(JTA) — President Barack Obama met with four of the recent American Nobel Prize laureates, including two Jews, but Bob Dylan did not make an appearance.

The winners of the award — physics laureates Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, economics sciences laureate Oliver Hart and chemistry laureate Fraser Stoddart —...
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Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82


(JTA) — Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen has passed away,” his Facebook page said late Thursday. “We have lost one...
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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize mention deleted from his website

(JTA) — The fallout from Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature has taken a strange turn: The Jewish folk singer’s website has taken down its only brief mention of the award.

Dylan, a resident of New Orleans, has not acknowledged the award at any of his performances in the week...
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Bob Dylan awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — American singer, songwriter and New Orleans resident Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dylan,75, was recognized for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy, which is responsible for choosing the Nobel laureates in literature, announced Thursday.

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Drake breaks record for most American Music Award nominations with 13

(JTA) — Drake was nominated for 13 American Music Awards, breaking the record of 11 set by Michael Jackson in 1984.

Among the nominations for the Jewish and African-American rapper are Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for his 2016 album “Views.” The list of nominees...
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