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We Could Not Be Happier About This 1980s Jewish Kitsch Music Album

By On October 16, 2017

Gefilte Joe and the Fish, Oy George, Georgie Girl, The Screaming Faloshes – these aren’t the punchlines of bad Jewish jokes, but the names of four “bands” who recorded Jewish novelty tunes… Read More


The Dazzling Way Your Cantor Prays for Competence on the High Holidays

By On September 20, 2017

It’s hard out there for a cantor. On any regular week you have to lead a congregation in prayers, hopefully with a nice voice and a pleasing style. And if that pressure… Read More


‘Had Gadya’ Viral Video Inspiration for Your Seder

By On April 10, 2017

The Passover song about all the awe-inspiring and dreadful things that happen after a man sells a goat for “two zuzim” is generally sung by very sleepy children, in a sonorous tune that reminds… Read More

Go Down, Moses

How “Go Down, Moses” Took the Underground Railroad to the Seder Table

By On February 18, 2016 Q: What do Passover, Paul Robeson, and one particular episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all have in common? A: This song: The earliest recording of “Go Down Moses” was… Read More

Why Sinatra's Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home

Why Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home

By On January 19, 2016

Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday (on December 12, 2015) has brought on a flurry of centennial celebrations, books, exhibits and The Sultan of Swoon-inspired concerts. Jack Daniel’s even issued a Sinatra Century blend… Read More

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia's Other Jews

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

By On January 18, 2016

  Americans tend to think of Blacks and Jews as distinct groups: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.; Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner going down South for Freedom Summer.… Read More


Let This Music Video Inspire Your Repentance

By On October 1, 2015

Jewish thought is full of paradoxes. A complicated philosophy is supposed to help us achieve simple faith. We want to get close to the Infinite, but we do it by following tons… Read More

Sweden's Outrageous Jewish '90s Pop Band

Sweden’s Outrageous ’90s Jewish Dance Band

By On July 1, 2015

It’s fair to say that Swedish dance pop, high camp and bands whose names begin with “A” are pretty snuggly bedfellows. After all, Sweden is responsible for giving us Abba and Ace… Read More

The Jewish Songwriters Behind Elvis’s Jewish Hit Machine

The Jewish Songwriters Behind the Elvis Presley Hit Machine

By On April 30, 2015

Like Rodgers and Hammerstein before them, Leiber and Stoller were a songwriting duo to the stars. Jerome Leiber and Mike Stoller, both born in 1933 to Jewish families in Baltimore and Long… Read More


The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

By On February 16, 2015

When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938, the audience was in for more than just a rollicking time. That… Read More

The Righteous Gentile With The $4 Million Violin

First He Rescued Jews, Then He Lost His $4 Million Violin

By On June 26, 2014

Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, rescuer of over 1,000 Jews from Nazi persecution, world-renowned virtuoso violinist. This is a guy we can get behind. Born in Poland in 1882, Bronisław Huberman had an ear… Read More


Passover with Metallica

By On April 10, 2014

That kid in your math class with greasy hair and the black muscle shirt might not have known it, but Metallica’s 1984 hit “Creeping Death” is inspired by the second half of… Read More

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