In ‘Unsettling,’ Leftist Filmmaker Embeds in a West Bank Settlement

Posted on September 17th, 2018

Founded in 1976, Tekoa is one of the oldest Jewish settlements on the West Bank. About an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, it is a world apart, isolated in the Judean Hills and surrounded by Arab villages. Tekoa is a small town whose settlers wrestle with the ongoing controversy about their right to live there. But politics isn’t the only driver that brings people here. Residents say Tekoa is a good place to raise a family and are attracted to the sense of community and affordable lifestyle. Many residents have lived there all their lives.

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Meet Zoolod, a Jewish and Arab Israeli hip-hop duo

Posted on September 10th, 2018
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir

Hailing from the city of Lod, the duo writes and performs music together that ignores politics and focuses on their passion for rap.

Teddy Neguse and Anan Hafaga are best friends with two different personalities and backgrounds. They form a rap duo called Zoolod.

Growing up in Lod, where the group gets its name, Teddy was from a Jewish Ethiopian family and Anan from a Muslim Arab family. They met in high school and bonded over a shared appreciation for music.

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Neil Simon got us right. That’s what geniuses do

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
By Ari Roth for JTA

One of the more eloquent pieces to come out about Neil Simon, that most American, and Jewish, of playwrights.


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Getting to Know Leonard Bernstein at 100

Posted on August 27th, 2018
From the Milken Archive of Jewish Music

We're pulling out all the stops (and rests) in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday later this month. In addition to our giveaway, we're sharing our popular Bernstein radio episode, a new free playlist, and your memories of Bernstein—which have given us joy and moved us to tears. Combined, it's a multifaceted portrait of an artist and a mensch.

About the Series: Produced in conjunction with the WFMT network and broadcast on radio stations throughout the U.S, American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy is a 13-part series of two-hour programs featuring highlights from the Milken Archive’s extensive collection of the musical recordings. Episodes include interviews and commentary with Lowell Milken, Neil W. Levin, and Gerard Schwarz. Radio stations interested in broadcasting the series should contact [email protected].


Discovering ‘Little Known Facts’

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Joanne Sydney Lessner for Hadassah Magazine

In the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lucy sings a song called “Little Known Facts” in which she posits, among other things, that fir trees are so named because they provide “fur for coats.” When Ilana Levine, who played Lucy in the 1999 Broadway revival, began a podcast interviewing colleagues who inspire her, she named it for her character’s signature tune. The title seems inevitable now, but she only settled on it after recording an interview with fellow Charlie Brown cast members Anthony Rapp, B.D. Wong and Kristin Chenoweth before the official launch of the podcast in May 2016.

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