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Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish roots

Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish roots

NEW YORK — Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released “Ain’t In No Hurry,” his first solo album since 2009.

While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received from his Jewish grandmother.

On the eve of Jefferson Airplane’s 50th anniversary, the 74-year-old Kaukonen, who lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife, a Jew-by-choice, talked to JTA about his Jewish family roots, the Torah scroll his great-grandfather worked on and why so many blues guitarists are Jewish.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:01 )


"24 Days:" new film retells the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi

“24 Days” is not a film for those seeking light-hearted comedy or a nostalgic view of a time gone by. It’s a film that tells the horrific story of the 2006 kidnap, torture and subsequent murder of an engaging, attractive young Jewish French man, Ilan Halimi. The film doesn’t hide from the raw emotions of Halimi’s family. This is a film, particularly in the context of rising anti-Semitism in France, which everyone should see.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:00 )


Getting the lay-up of it

Getting the lay-up of itFormer Maccabi Tel Aviv coach leapfrogs (like LeBron) to Cavaliers WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards. Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA coach and his team, which had great expectations with the return of four-time MVP LeBron James via free agency from the Miami Heat....

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and more

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and moreThis article was originally published in 1991. In the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s Feb. 27 death, the piece is republished with the permission of the author. LOS ANGELES — As a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, Leonard Nimoy, inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish state and childhood memories of Zionist rallies in Boston Garden, considered making aliyah to join Habimah, Israel’s national theater. Upon cooler reflection on the huge language barrier he would face, Nimoy dropped the idea...

Will 'Ida' take home best foreign film?

Will 'Ida' take home best foreign film?LOS ANGELES — For the past few decades, Holocaust films have been common — and often victorious — fare at the Academy Awards. But this year, the Polish nominee in the Foreign Language Film category ventures into the less frequently explored territory of the Holocaust’s aftermath. “Ida,” writer-director Pawel Pawlikowki’s stark black-and-white film, is an unsparing look at the discomfiting void left behind after the obliteration of Poland’s Jews. Set in 1962 Poland, the film te...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2015 09:26 )

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Chantal Akerman, pioneer of feminist filmmaking, dies at 65

Marcy Oster Akerman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, made more than 40 films and in recent years explored her Jewish identity. ... [Link]

Major oil reserves discovered on Golan Heights

Marcy Oster The rock in the southern Golan could provide for Israel’s oil needs for many years. ... [Link]

Netanyahu cancels summit in Germany over Israel’s security situation

Marcy Oster A new date has not been chosen for the official visit to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties. ... [Link]

Palestinian teen in Jerusalem stabs Jewish man, he shoots her  

Marcy Oster The attack came hours after an Israeli woman was injured when Palestinians threw rocks at her car on a road near Jerusalem and then attempted to to drag her out of her car. ... [Link]

Police officers injured in Israeli-Arab riot in Jaffa

Marcy Oster Clashes between the protesters and police took place during a pro-Palestinian demonstration that turned into a riot in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish and Arab city in central Israel. ... [Link]

Facebook to launch Israeli-made satellite to bring Internet access to Africa

Marcy Oster The AMOS-6 satellite is being built by Israel Aerospace Industries and will be operated by the Israeli company Spacecom, in partnership with Eutelsat Communications of France. ... [Link]

Sanders campaign apologizes for ejecting pro-Palestinian group from rally

Marcy Oster Members of the Boston Students for Justice in Palestine held a sign reading: “Will Ya #Feel The Bern 4 Palestine??!” ... [Link]

Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

Marcy Oster Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed tonight!!! Finally!” ... [Link]

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