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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

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(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.

Rechtshaid,...
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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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Matisyahu performs outside Auschwitz following Spain appearance

(JTA) – Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

The Jewish-American singer gave an intimate acoustic concert Tuesday night in the tiny Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot synagogue in Oswiecim, the...
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Matisyahu performs ‘Jerusalem’ in Spain amid Palestinian protests

(JTA) — American Jewish singer Matisyahu sang his song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain. Matisyahu performed a 45-minute set early Sunday morning at the Rototom SunSplash Festival, two days after the festival apologized for canceling his performance in the face of pressure from...
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After apology from Spanish festival, Matisyahu confirms he will perform

(JTA) — After being re-invited, American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu confirmed he will perform at a Spanish music festival. On Friday, two days after the Rototom SunSplash Festival apologized for canceling his performance in the face of pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Matisyahu announced on Facebook...
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Matisyahu ousted from Spanish festival for not endorsing Palestinian state

(JTA) — Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood.

The Jewish-American reggae singer was scheduled to perform Aug. 22 at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, near Barcelona. But his show was canceled after he refused to release a public statement...
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NPR’s Nina Totenberg reclaims dad’s stolen violin, now worth millions

By JULIE WIENER

(JTA) — Jewish violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg enjoyed a long life, making it to the ripe old age of 101. But that wasn’t quite long enough to be reunited with the prized instrument that was stolen from him in 1980.

The FBI officially announced Thursday that it had...
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U2 dedicates performance of ‘One’ to Shimon Peres

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres may be a big U2 fan, but it seems like Bono is an even bigger Shimon Peres fan.

Peres was in Toronto for an economic conference and attended U2’s performance at the Air Canada Centre there. During the encore, Bono...
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