Bon Jovi played Tel Aviv on Saturday night to tens of thousands of fans.Jewish Press News Briefs
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(JNi.media) American R&B singer songwriter Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, will give her first performance in Israel, at the Rishon LeZions Live Park, on August 18.
A few weeks ago, Carey and her partner, billionaire James Packer, fourth richest person in Australia, were the dinner guests of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.
Carey and Packer were in Israel to meet a “spiritual leader.”
In April, Packer’s business partner, Hollywood producer Brett Ratner, said at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards that Packer owned a home in Caesarea, next door to the Netanyahus, and is now an Israeli citizen.
Ratner called Packer the “first non-Jewish Zionist in history.”
Maria Carey is a major philanthropist who has been associated with the Fresh Air Fund; co-founded a camp in Fishkill, New York, for inner-city youth; is well-known nationally for her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation; contributed to the obstetrics department of New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical Center; was named Hunger Ambassador of the World Hunger Relief Movement; supports the Save the Music Foundation; the list literally goes on and on.
Carey’s net worth is valued at more than $500 million.JNi.Media
American singer Mariah Carey is in Israel with her Australian billionaire boyfriend for a “pre-engagement spiritual meeting” with an unnamed “spiritual leader,” the TMZ entertainment website reported.
The meeting reportedly was Packer’s idea because he wants to find out if he is ready to marry Carey.
Neither Carey nor her boyfriend James Packer is Jewish, but the billionaire has close ties with Israel and is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s almost next-door neighbor. The Prime Minister owns a home in Caesaera, Packer has bought on in Tel Aviv.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported in April that one of Packer’s business partners describe him as “the first non-Jewish Zionist in history.”
The partner also was reported to have said that Packer had taken out Israeli citizenship, but the billionaire thoroughly denied that had done so.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
President Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday he has cancelled the scheduled performance of musician-singer Amir Benayoun because of a song he wrote and released after last week’s Har Nof massacre and which is called “Ahmed Loves Jerusalem.”
Benayoun wrote the lyrics of a fictitious Arab who learns at a government-funded university and plans to kill Jews.
“Ahmed” sings, “I will send a Jew or two to Hell…. I am just an ungrateful piece of scum. The day will come when you turn your back on me and I will stick a sharp knife into it, I will shoot you in the back.”
That was too much for President Rivlin, whose office said he would not allow Benayoun to perform next Sunday at the Present’s residence at an event marking the exile and expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands and Iran.
“Against the background of the release of Amir Benayoun’s latest song yesterday, I wish to notify you that we will not be able to allow him to perform at the President’s Residence,” the office wrote in a letter that was distributed as a press release.
“Amir Benayoun is a renowned and exceptional artist, and his talent has greatly contributed to Israeli music” the statement continued. “However, his statements made at this time of conflict and tension, even if uttered out of frustration and pain, do not, to say the least, help bring calm to the streets, and are inconsistent with the responsibility required of the President’s Residence, and of all institutions with influence over the public discourse, to work to alleviate tensions, and promote cooperation rather than division in Israeli society.”
Liberals on the left have charged that Benayoun should be arrested for incitement.
Benayoun said he did not intend to promote violence, which he opposes.
One of his former compositions is “Jerusalem of Hussein,” which describes President Barack Obama’s policies.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Underneath the Masada Mountain, along the shores of the Dead Sea, over 12,000 people danced to the electronic beats of Dash Berlin, Deep Dish and Sander Van Doorn and other international and local artists on Thursday night, October 23. The second annual Dead Sea Rave -424, which took place from sunset to sunrise, drew in thousands of people including 200 tourists from Europe and neighboring Arab countries.
Israel’s version of the world’s largest electronic music festival in Belgium, known as Tomorrowland, debuted last year, featuring the likes of international French DJ, David Guetta and Steven Angello of Swedish House Mafia who performed before 20,000 Israelis and tourists.
The annual event is placing Israel on the international music map, according to the head of the festival production, Avi Yossef of Zappa Group who has spent 20 years in the business of music production and promotion, including work with Infected Mushroom.
Yossef told Tazpit that David Guetta’s performance last year is helping propel the annual Israeli rave to an international level. “A lot of international artists are interested in performing at this festival in Masada thanks to David Guetta’s performance the previous year,” Yossef said in an interview.
“For these international artists, the history and heroism at Masada together with performing at the lowest point on earth – 424 meters under the sea – is something that is truly unique,” Yossef explained.
This year, festival organizers had only six weeks to put on the major production. “Once we saw that the ceasefire was holding, we didn’t hesitate to hold this party after this difficult summer,” Yossef told Tazpit.
With Holland’s Dash Berlin the first to sign on for this year’s performance, the dance festival’s lineup featured two other Dutch electronic artists, W & W and Sander Van Doorn, along with the Iranian-American DJ and house music producers, Deep Dish, and UK’s record producer and trance DJ, Paul Oakenfold. Other international artists had wanted to come, but had already been scheduled elsewhere according to Yossef.
“We took Dash Berlin to the top of Masada and they were simply awed by the history of the ancient fortress, and seeing where they would be performing later in the desert below,” added Yossef.
About 1,000 festival personnel and security took part in the festival production that was hosted by the Tamar Regional Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, which promoted the Dead Sea Rave -424 across the world.
Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, commented that ‘cultural tourism’ is a growing niche market for Israel. “Festivals like the Dead Sea Rave -424 and the Israeli Opera Festival, in conjunction with concerts by major international artists such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and the Rolling Stones, attract a different type of tourist to our country.”
For the local Israelis, the festival is a huge event as well. “I never miss a concert and I’ll travel anywhere in Israel to experience these parties,” said Youssef, 21 from Jerusalem who DJ’s at home. “I want to be a DJ myself someday.”Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
More robust accounts of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s life have come to the surface following 20 years after he died on Oct. 20, 1994.
Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy.” This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s “The Soul of Jerusalem” hit the shelves.
But even the authors will admit that this larger-than-life, soul-hugging rabbi’s legacy cannot be fully captured in black-and-white pages.
“Shlomo did not seem to fit any restrictive, defining label,” Ophir told JNS.org. “Reb Shlomo was… a charismatic teacher who combined storytelling, sermonic exegesis, and inspirational insights into creating a new form of heartfelt, soulful Judaism filled with a love for all human beings.”
Carlebach, born in Germany from where his family fled following the Nazi invasion, immigrated to New York in March 1939 from Lithuania, just six months before the Nazis invaded that country. In 1945, the family moved to Manhattan so his father, Rabbi Naphtali Carlebach, could take over Congregation Kehilath Jacob on W. 79th Street. After his father’s passing, Carlebach assumed leadership of the synagogue, today known as “The Carlebach Shul.”
It was from his home base at The Carlebach Shul that Shlomo Carlebach set up the first known Hassidic outreach program, Taste and See God is Good (T.S.G.G.). According to Ophir, the organization was based on the idea that, as Carlebach said, “You cannot begin to talk to people about God unless you have first given them a taste of God is good.”
In 1968, Carlebach established the House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco, the first Jewish commune.
His empathetic approach toward the spiritual imports from the Far East was radical for an Orthodox rabbi,” said Ophir.
Everything Carlebach did was radical. He traveled to Germany in the 1960s to teach people whose parents had murdered scores of Jewish people that the time for peace and forgiveness had come, recalled Ben-Zion Solomon, whose home is next door to the late Carlebach’s in the central Israeli community of Moshav Mevo Modi’in, also known as the “Carlebach moshav.”
Carlebach was a scholar in his own right, studying at some of the most renowned American yeshivot. He later connected with the Lubavitch movement, whose leader at the time, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, encouraged him to go into outreach. This mandate was the start of what became his calling, serving as the rabbi of the hippie movement.
He had followers around the globe. Many young Jews returned to a Torah lifestyle as a result of their relationship with Carlebach.
His daughter Dari Carlebach said in a previous interview that her father was caught between two worlds—the religious/yeshiva world and the hippie world. She said her father had a huge desire “to love and heal the world,” and he did it with “such heart and grace and empathy.”
Shlomo Carlebach’s unbridled passion might account for why it has taken this long to begin to canonize his legacy. Solomon recounts the way that his rebbe could focus on whoever needed him at the time, that “whoever he was talking to, he became their best friend.”
Solomon and wife Dina met Carlebach in California. Carlebach encouraged Solomon to learn in Israel and eventually to make aliyah, and then handpicked his family to live on the Carlebach moshav.
Solomon recalled that when he arrived in Israel, he was told by the Orthodox-affiliated Diaspora Yeshiva that his wedding to Dina was not valid, as they did not have a ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract. He called Carlebach in a panic. The rabbi told him to get some wine and cake and meet him at the Shabbos House in Jerusalem at 1 a.m.JNS News Service