In big bummer news: The Shalva Band — a group of talented young musicians with disabilities — will not be representing Israel in the Eurovision song competition this year.
The band were…longtime crowd favorites, and they even made it to the final round of The Next Star, the reality TV singing competition that chooses who will represent Israel at Eurovision. (The incredible Netta, was last year's winner — and she went on to win Eurovision!l) Unfortunately, because many of the band's members are observant, they decided to… >> Read More
Rachel Platten has officially joined the celebrity Jewish mama cohort. On Saturday, the “Fight Song” singer and her hubby Kevin Lazan (also Jewish!) welcomed their first child, and she’s just…as beautiful as her parents. On Wednesday, Platten, 37, graced us with the first photo of her "delicious and cuddly" daughter Violet Skye Lazan on Instagram. “There is so much about this massive love that I want to share but don’t know how to,” Platten wrote. “For now we are busy falling deeply in love… >> Read More
If you are a parent to young children, you may have heard the song "Baby Shark" about, oh, some 235,000 to 2.3 million times already. The 60-minute loop of the hit kid song (and dance) has,…impressively but unsurprisingly, over 30 million views. But now, there's a Jewish version of this ear worm that's equally annoy... I mean, catchy. Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats have put out a parody of "Baby Shark" that's guaranteed to get your kids excited about the holiest day of the week: Shabbat! Called simply, "It's Shabbat!"… >> Read More
I’ve always loved Christmas songs. However, growing up in an observant Jewish household, they were sort of forbidden. Like ham. Although, truth be told, I never found ham all that appealing.
The…fact is, Christmas music is fun. It’s jingly and jangly and just uplifting enough to keep you from wanting to kill the driver in front of you while you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic because… well… it’s Christmas. Each year during the Christmas breaks of my childhood in central New Jersey, my parents would load our… >> Read More
It was "dreidel night" at my home last night, and my kids (ages 8 and 11) were stoked. The menorah was lit, the comic books had been unwrapped and enjoyed. The dinner dishes were cleared, the gelt…was distributed, and the glasses of wine for me and my husband were poured. It was time to play. The only thing missing was some music, so I turned to my all-time favorite app, Spotify, to search for some Hanukkah tunes. Sure enough, the music streaming service (where I am a proud premium member!) had… >> Read More