Matisyahu embarks on Hillels-sponsored college tour with Arab-American artist

(JTA) — Matisyahu has launched a U.S. college tour co-sponsored by Hillel chapters with a musician born to an Egyptian-Palestinian father and American-Jewish mother.

The formerly Hasidic reggae artist, who kicked off the tour with special guest Nadim Azzam on Sunday at Boston University’s Metcalf Ballroom, has said the decision...
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6,000 Bob Dylan artifacts going to University of Tulsa

(JTA) — A collection of more than 6,000 Bob Dylan artifacts, including a notebook with handwritten lyrics and his first music contract, is headed for the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

The university announced Wednesday that The Bob Dylan Archive was acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the...
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Variety pulls pro-BDS ad accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’

(JTA) — The entertainment magazine Variety refused to publish an advertisement that says “Don’t endorse Israeli apartheid.”

Jewish Voice for Peace, or JVP, a group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, announced Monday that the magazine initially accepted payment for the group’s ad, but then said...
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JNF Canada withdraws event sponsorship over Israeli singer Noa

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) — The Jewish National Fund of Canada has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Jewish Federation of Vancouver’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event over the federation’s decision to feature the controversial Israeli pop singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa.

“Due to the views of the entertainment booked for this year’s...
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Jennifer Lopez to make debut performance in Israel 

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez reportedly will perform in Israel for the first time.

Lopez agreed to hold a concert this summer in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, the Ynet news website reported Monday.

She is among several high-profile artists and bands who are scheduled to...
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David Bowie was into kabbalah and other Jewish facts about the late icon


(JTA) — It was clear long before the Internet swelled with heartfelt tributes to David Bowie that the late musician was an artistic legend. The 69-year-old Englishman, who died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, reinvented himself countless times in a music career that spanned more...
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ADL honors Matisyahu for standing up to anti-Israel boycott

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League honored the American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu for standing up against an anti-Israel boycott.

Matisyahu performed his anthem “Jerusalem” on Thursday at the ADL annual meeting in Denver.

In August, he was slotted to play at the Rototom SunSplash reggae music festival before BDS activists...
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Matisyahu concert attracts thousands near Jerusalem’s Old City walls

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of Israelis turned out to see the American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu perform in Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem, I’m home,” Matisyahu said Saturday night during his concert at Sultan’s Pool, outside the Old City.

The crowd turned out despite a rash of stabbing attacks in recent days in...
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From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark


(JTA) — What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

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Pharrell Williams concert venue in South Africa drops legal bid to fend off BDS

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) — Organizers of a concert by American pop star Pharrell Williams have abandoned their legal action against pro-Palestinian demonstrators protesting against his presence there.

The Sun International hotel group had launched an urgent court interdict on Sept. 14 to limit the number of protesters outside...
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