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Chasidic band embraces spirituality, funk, fun

Chasidic band embraces spirituality, funk, fun

THERE’S NO one label for the deep, spiritual, funky, fun and eclectic tunes of one of the hottest new chasidic funk bands, Zusha.

“What are we? What are you?” asks band member and guitarist Zachary Goldschmiedt, 24, over coffee in Jerusalem with this reporter. Sitting with percussionist Elisha Mlotek, 25, and vocalist Shlomo Gaisin, 24, the latter sipping a berry smoothie with a shot of hot pepper, the members of the New York-based band spoke about music, religion and life.

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Cavaliers fire David Blatt, former Israeli coach

Cavaliers fire David Blatt, former Israeli coachCLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Israeli-American head coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA finals last season and to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Blatt confirmed that he was fired Jan. 22 in an announcement by his agency. He also released a statement thanking the Cavaliers. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue will succeed Blatt, having agreed to a three-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 12:02 )

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Woody Allen sidekick Tony Roberts reflects on film career

Woody Allen sidekick Tony Roberts reflects on film careerNEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys from NBC and I said, ‘Did you eat yet?’ and [they] said, ‘No, Jew?’ Not, ‘Did you,’ but ‘Jew eat? Jew?’ Not ‘Did you,’ but ‘Jew eat?’” To which his pal Rob — played by the prolific stage and screen actor Tony Roberts — replies, “Max, you see conspiracies in ev...
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Israel's female athlete of the year is kickboxer, Nili Block

Israel's female athlete of the year is kickboxer, Nili BlockTHE “COVER photo” quote featured on 20-year-old Nili Block’s Facebook page says, “When My Body ‘Shouts’ Stop, My Mind ‘Screams’ Never.” The quote is on the mark. After a decade of blood, sweat and tears, the Israeli who moved to Maryland as a young child is now a women’s world champion in the rough-and-tough sport of kickboxing. In October, 2015, Block was crowned champion in the 60 kg (132 lb.) senior division (ages 19 and up) after winning four grueling three-round matche...
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Basketball for all in Jerusalem

Basketball for all in JerusalemJERUSALEM – Israel’s first ever basketball league for people with special needs was launched in Jerusalem on Monday, Jan. 11. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat started the game by leading the tip off. The unique league will enable Israeli basketball players with special needs experience for the first time an officially organized framework of competitive events and games.
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Jewish-Argentine philanthropist buys oil and gas company for $892 million

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Jewish-Argentine businessman and philanthropist Marcelo Marcos Mindlin purchased a 67.2 percent stake of Petrobras Argentina for $892 million. Mindlin, 52, is the head of Pa... [Link]

Dallas Holocaust Museum gets menorah taken from Europe during WWII

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A seven-branch menorah that a World War II veteran brought to the United States from Europe as a souvenir was donated to the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The museum and education center ma... [Link]

Israeli air force destroys Hamas post after mortar fire

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Retaliating for the firing of mortars on Israeli troops near the border with Gaza, Israel Air Force aircraft destroyed a Hamas facility south of the Palestinian city. The strike Friday ... [Link]

Spanish diggers unearth rare 13th-century pottery portrait of a Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Archaeologists in Spain identified a rare depiction of a Jewish man on a piece of pottery from the 13th century. The fragment was unearthed in Teruel, 140 miles east of Madrid, in 2004 b... [Link]

For 1st time since August, Israel sees no victim deaths from terrorist attacks

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — April was the first month in half a year with zero fatalities among victims of terrorist attacks against Israelis. With a total of 115 attacks, the figure for April continued a six-month... [Link]

Israeli flag burned at Kiev Holocaust memorial on Yom Hashoah

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday. The flag burning near the Babi Yar ravine,... [Link]

Israeli police to investigate guards who killed Palestinian siblings in alleged stabbing attempt

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Israel Police plan to investigate whether civilian security guards acted unlawfully when they shot dead a Palestinian brother and sister who allegedly were attempting to carry out a stab... [Link]

Donald Trump disavows David Duke’s praise

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump “totally” disavowed an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by white supremacist David Duke and said there was no place for anti-Semitism in society. The New York... [Link]

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