Musician Carlos Santana has arrived in Israel for his upcoming concert.Photo of the Day
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Israelis are preparing to get “happy” this summer when Grammy Award-winning American vocalist Pharrell Williams arrives in the Holy Land.
Pharrell is scheduled to appear on July 21 at Live Park in Rishon Lezion.
His monster hit “Happy” is probably the most successful and well-known of his tunes, but Pharrell is a multi-talented musician.
Numerous ‘Happy’ videos were made in Israel when his hit came out.
He has scored many international number one hits as a solo performer. He’s also written top hits for other performers as well, including Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West and the Rolling Stones, among others.
Pharrell has won 11 Grammy Awards for his work as a performer and producer. He’s currently a judge on the American hit talent show, The Voice.Hana Levi Julian
“The Princess Bride,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin, 63, was half an hour into his Lincoln Center benefit concert for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Monday night, when a couple arrived to take their seats in the front row, the NY Post reported. To say that Patinkin did not take this with good humor would be like saying the Hindenburg became uncomfortably warm.
“Why are you late?” he barked at the two tardy ones. “You were sending an email? To who?”
The husband, bewildered, said he had been working with a client, which was Patinkin’s cue to go to work on the poor fellow. “This hurts me in my soul,” he said, quickly adding, “You know what would make me feel better? If you donated $25,000 right now.”
Last week, Patinkin told the Wall Street Journal, “I would absolutely say that singing Yiddish music is more powerful than anything else I sing and I can’t explain it because I didn’t grow up hearing it. It’s an unexplained mystery that I’m just thrilled and gratified for.”
Patinkin insisted that he had heard no Yiddish at home, so that loving Yiddish music for him is not nostalgic but a discovery. “I always make a joke that I was raised a Conservative Jew on Chicago’s South Side. If you’re a Conservative Jew in Chicago that makes you a Reform Jew in New York and an Orthodox Jew in California,” he told the WSJ.
Joseph Papp, founder of the Public Theater, introduced Patinkin to Yiddish songs. “He said, ‘You need to learn this music, it’s your job,’” Patinkin recalled. “I sing songs and he felt I needed to carry on this tradition.”
Despite his rage, the late couple did not reach for their checkbook, so, according to the Post, Patinkin ended up bargaining them down to a lighter sum (we dare not use the J word here). When someone in the cheap seats yelled at him to “let it go,” Patinkin responded, “I’m not letting it go! The Yiddish culture means too much to me. Every character I’ve ever played, I’ve played Jewish: Inigo Montoya? Jewish. Che Guevara? Jewish.”
“Except [Homeland’s tortured CIA operative] Saul Berenson,” he confessed, revealing “He’s Roman Catholic.”
He is not, of course.
Then another audience member pledged $5,000, and Patinkin said he would match it, and the show continued.
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF — the last word in the title means “People’s Stage”), America’s preeminent Yiddish theatre, is the longest continuously-producing Yiddish theatre company in the world and the oldest consecutively-producing performing arts institution in the US.
Founded in 1915, NYTF continues its mission to preserve, promote and develop Yiddish theatre for current and future generations and to enhance the understanding of Yiddish culture as a vital component of Jewish Life. In fact, it is the sole survivor of fifteen Yiddish companies that played to enthusiastic audiences on the Lower East Side in the Golden Age of Yiddish Theatre in the early 20th century. Founded under the aegis of the Workmen’s Circle, the NYTF became an independent nonprofit in 1998.David Israel
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In an historic event, internationally acclaimed performers Avraham Fried and Yaakov Shwekey will appear together on stage as they headline this year’s annual United Hatzalah of Israel benefit concert on Oct. 1, during Chol Hamoed Succos. Due to increasing demand, this sensational concert will be held at the ICC Jerusalem – International Convention Center.
Proceeds from concert will directly support the volunteers of United Hatzalah of Israel. The organization’s lifesaving community emergency medical response service is offered at no cost across Israel. Using a unique community-based and technology-enabled model, the organization’s network of 3,000 volunteers responds to emergencies nationwide in an average of three minutes or less.
“This is by far the biggest concert we’ve hosted yet,” said Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah of Israel. “We moved to a bigger venue and added more seats this year, hoping to raise more funds for our incredible volunteers, who work tirelessly all year long to treat and stabilize victims. The proceeds from the evening will go toward purchasing medical equipment so that our volunteers will continue to be fully stocked when they go out to serve Israelis in times of crisis and emergency.”
United Hatzalah of Israel, which unites all of Israel in lifesaving, has brought together Shwekey and Fried because of their support to the organization and its important mission. The event also will honor world-renowned philanthropist Leonardo Farkas, of Chile, who will be dedicating a wall in the Great Synagogue in honor of United Hatzalah of Israel volunteers in the same week. Opening for Fried and Shwekey is the Moetzet by Yishay Lapidot.
The show begins at 7:15 pm.
Singer Robbie Williams is giving a massive concert on Saturday night in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
Williams arrived in Israel on Thursday.
The singer decided to start the “Let Me Entertain You Tour” concert on Saturday night at 9:30 PM, to make sure it it only began after the Shabbat was over in Israel, out of respect for his religious fans.
Ticket prices range from 390 shekels to 1300 shekels.
Ninet Tayeb is going to be the warm up act.
One thing for sure is that it’s going to be a great show.Jewish Press News Briefs
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo will perform a “Violins of Hope” concert in Monaco featuring
Several violins of Jewish Holocaust victims murdered by the Nazis
The concert will be held May 5 at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum, and the stories of their owners will be told, according to a report in the Nice, France Matain daily.
The idea was initiated by Smadar Eisenberg, president of Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo association, who obtained the instruments from the atelier of Amnon Weinstein – an Israeli violin maker who for years has been collecting and restoring musical instruments belonging to Holocaust victims.
The life stories of the instruments’ owners will be told during the concert along with other biographies of musicians who lived through the Holocaust, including that of Alma Rosé, a conductor of the Auschwitz women’s orchestra and niece to the composer Gustav Mahler.
Additionally, homage will be paid at the concert to Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein – two Jewish musicians who continued to compose until their deaths in the Nazis’ gas chambers.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Hebrew University’s neurology research center.JTA