Jon Kalish


Podcast: The Best Hasidic Composer in Brooklyn

By Jon Kalish

Podcast: The Best Hasidic Composer in Brooklyn
Over the past 200 years, the Modzitzer hasidim have become known for their beautiful melodies, or nigunim. Thousands of them, in fact. Today, 88 year-old Ben Zion Shenker is one of the most prolific, and respected, Modzitzer composers. For his latest album, “Hallel V’zimrah,” he teamed up with klezmer and bluegrass virtuoso Andy Statman. The Forward’s Jon Kalish caught up with Shenker in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn to talk about composing Jewish music, meeting the Modzitzer rebbe, and performing on Yiddish radio.Read More


A Talking Trove of Interviews as AJC Oral History Goes Online

By Jon Kalish

A Talking Trove of Interviews as AJC Oral History Goes Online
Want to hear what Hank Greenberg had to say about anti-Semitism? Or Bella Abzug’s views on sexual discrimination? Now that AJC’s oral history library is online, you can.Read More


David Krakauer Gets 'The Big Picture'

By Jon Kalish

David Krakauer Gets 'The Big Picture'
At first, musician David Krakauer was skeptical of the idea of interpreting Jewish-themed music scores. But then, he decided to embark on one of his most adventurous projects yet.Read More


Why David Broza Covers BDS Supporter Roger Waters

By Jon Kalish

Why David Broza Covers BDS Supporter Roger Waters
In early 2013 singer-songwriter David Broza spent a little over a week in an East Jerusalem recording studio working on his new album. The Israeli superstar says it has been a life-long dream to have Israeli and Palestinian musicians work together on a project. The resulting album is “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” (S-Curve Records), recorded in the studio that is the home base of Palestinian group Sabreen. It was produced by two Americans, Steve Greenberg and Steve Earle, and features a cameo by the Haitian-American star Wyclef Jean on the title track.Read More


NYU Acquires Archive of Legendary Downtown Arts Pioneer

By Jon Kalish

NYU Acquires Archive of Legendary Downtown Arts Pioneer
Tuli Kupferberg, was a poet, cartoonist and founder of The Fugs. For a six figure sum, NYU acquired his huge archive with its artifacts of the 20th century downtown arts scene.Read More






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