Dear Aly: I could nevah hava (nagila) 'nuff of you!


Dear Aly,

Remembering Adrienne Cooper, mother of the Klezmer/Yiddish revival


Adrienne Cooper
Adrienne Cooper and others at KlezKanada 2010

Adrienne Cooper passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 65 after a long fight with cancer.

'Tis the season (to start listening to Hanukkah tunes!)


Lights Vol. 2: A Hanukkah Music Sampler

If my friends who celebrate Christmas use the day after Thanksgiving as their start date for listening to holiday music, then so shall I.

Celebrating "The Little Bride" with readings and song


Anna Solomon, author of "The Little Bride"

Anyone who knows me would have been surprised to see me walking down Mass Ave in Cambridge the other night and into a hip club on the edge of the M.I.T.campus. What was I doing there?

Black and Jewish: “Got a Star of David on my Grill”


I’m not usually a fan of parodies. That’s not to say I don’t like humor – au contraire! But like Leah once wrote for JWA, I, too, often find parodies to be uncreative, offensive or both. Still, even I was taken in by the latest pop culture parody to hit the web.

Amy Winehouse dead at 27


Amy Winehouse

Today British singer Amy Winehouse passed away at the age of 27. She was found dead in her home in London. The cause of death is yet unknown, but considering Amy Winehouse's very public struggle with substance abuse and mental illness, there is an almost universal assumption that her death was somehow substance-related.

Julie Rosewald: America's first woman cantor


Julie Rosenwald

She wrote a book. She was an actress. She sang opera. She became a professor. She toured the world by herself. She paid her own way. She was a musical superstar.

Dorothy Fields put the "broad" in Broadway


Last Friday marked the 106th anniversary of the birth of Dorothy Fields, the first woman to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the only woman who holds an uncontested spot in the boys' club that is credited with creating the Great American Songbook. Fields was a member of a prolific showbiz family, with a father and two brothers in the business.

Girls in Trouble: Telling women’s stories in a ‘language’ I understand


"Half You Half Me" Girls in Trouble
Alicia Jo Rabins and Etta King

“The world is woven through us/I swear I wont forget/how her fingers hold the thread.” This is the final line of the song “Rubies,” off the amazing sophomore album "Half You Half Me" by the group Girls in Trouble, released on JDUB records earlier this month.

Jew Parodies: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Is anyone else getting sick of Jewish song parodies? Every month it seems a new Jewish group puts out a parody of some pop song where they change the lyrics from "I love you" to "I love Jews," add in a few references to bagels or bar mitzvahs, and suddenly the video is posted on every single Jewish website that ever existed. I will admit that a few of these videos are quite good, but the majority are blatant pandering or borderline offensive and overall just getting on my nerves. 


Rising Voices


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