Beatlemania Sweeps Israeli City

By Nathan Burstein

Published April 22, 2009, issue of May 01, 2009.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” is temporarily being transplanted to Israel.

Forty years after the release of the classic rock ’n’ roll album, the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon will pay tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo with a three-day Beatles Festival, set to kick off on May 14 at the city’s Steinberg Center for the Arts. As part of the festival, fans of the Fab Four will be treated to what’s being billed as the first-ever Israeli performance of the album in its entirety, as well as to an exhibition devoted to the band, and the premiere of a new Beatles-inspired musical, “Na’amin Bi’Ahava” (“We’ll Believe in Love”), written specially for the event. For one day, Holon will rename one of its streets Abbey Road, with passersby invited to have their photos taken as they cross the street in single file, mimicking the famed image on the album’s cover.

Now in its second year, the festival will feature concerts by some of the country’s most popular singers, including Efrat Gosh, Maor Cohen and Miri Mesika. An American Beatles’ tribute band, Magical Mystery Tour, will also perform, and The Beatles’ fascination with India will be saluted with a performance involving a sitar.

One of the real Beatles, Paul McCartney, performed his first concert in Israel last September, more than four decades after the group was banned from playing in Tel Aviv because of fears that it would corrupt Israeli youth.

In April, John Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird, traveled to Tel Aviv for the opening of Imagine Liverpool, a photo exhibition devoted to the band and to the Liverpool Football Club.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • Why "Be fruitful and multiply" isn't as simple as it seems:
  • William Schabas may be the least of Israel's problems.
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • Did Hamas just take credit for kidnapping the three Israeli teens?
  • "We know what it means to be in the headlines. We know what it feels like when the world sits idly by and watches the news from the luxury of their living room couches. We know the pain of silence. We know the agony of inaction."
  • When YA romance becomes "Hasidsploitation":
  • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
  • “'I made a new friend,' my son told his grandfather later that day. 'I don’t know her name, but she was very nice. We met on the bus.' Welcome to Israel."
  • A Jewish female sword swallower. It's as cool as it sounds (and looks)!
  • Why did David Menachem Gordon join the IDF? In his own words: "The Israel Defense Forces is an army that fights for her nation’s survival and the absence of its warriors equals destruction from numerous regional foes. America is not quite under the threat of total annihilation… Simply put, I felt I was needed more in Israel than in the United States."
  • Leonard Fein's most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism. Steven M. Cohen remembers a great Jewish progressive:
  • BREAKING: Missing lone soldier David Menachem Gordon has been found dead in central Israel. The Ohio native was 21 years old.
  • “They think they can slap on an Amish hat and a long black robe, and they’ve created a Hasid." What do you think of Hollywood's portrayal of Hasidic Jews?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.