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14-year-old Dvora Polak, an avid musician who has been homebound for several years due to a rare condition, was excited to perform before a large virtual audience at Chai Lifeline’s Chanukah Gala. She says that she was shocked by a “wonderful surprise” when Kenny G and Andrea Bocelli, among other […]
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Rare Combo: Religious Jew Takes Jazz Music Scene by Storm Israeli saxophonist and jazz singer Daniel Zamir was born to secular parents in Petah Tikva, but while studying at a prestigious New York university, he found a connection to the Jewish faith and returned to Israel as a reborn Jew, […]
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New York’s Hot New Trend? Prairie Dresses Inspired by Orthodox Judaism There was one event during New York Fashion Week that felt not just more old-fashioned, but positively pre-Raphaelite. Held in a diner in Tribeca, it showcased new pieces by Batsheva Hay, the New York fashion designer whose ankle-length, Orthodox […]
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Osher Bar & Grill: L.A.’s First Glatt Kosher Sports Bar With its family-style smooth wood tables, sleek bar, industrial beams, exposed-brick walls and 13 large television screens, Osher Bar & Grill looks like it could be a regular sports bar in Anytown USA. However, what sets Osher apart from similar […]
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You’ve heard of The Three Tenors, but have you heard of The Three Cantors? Yanky Lemmer, one of the three, was born and bred in Borough Park as a Belzer Hasid. After yeshiva, Lemmer went to Israel and was paired with a kollel student to learn for an hour a day. […]
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“They’re having auditions for a community orchestra. It’s a women’s orchestra. They don’t play on Shabbat,” my teacher informed me. It sounded too good to be true. I had trained for years as a clarinetist, earning my degree in clarinet performance. I loved music, I lived and breathed it, playing […]
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“They’re having auditions for a community orchestra. It’s a women’s orchestra. They don’t play on Shabbat,” my teacher informed me. It sounded too good to be true. I had trained for years as a clarinetist, earning my degree in clarinet performance. I loved music, I lived and breathed it, playing […]
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’93Queen’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2018 Forget Supergirl and Wonder Woman. To see a real female superhero in action, check out Paula Eiselt’s documentary concerning the creation of an all-female, Hasidic EMT corps. 93Queen centers on Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, the co-founder of the organization that gives the film its […]
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Meet New York’s Hasidic Jewish Bagpipe Player Not every bagpipe-playing altar boy considering joining the priesthood grows up to be a Hasidic Jew — but Ian Sherman did. Ian, known today in many circles by his Hebrew name Ephraim Eliyahu, was born to a Scottish Catholic mother and an Eastern […]
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Triple Crown Champs Racing Manager is Backing a New Horse The family is Orthodox Jewish — which means their Sabbath conflicts with Saturdays, when races are held. As a result, the Zayats can’t drive to and from the track (nor can they communicate via phone). Instead, they typically stay in […]
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