An A Capella Hanukkah

This week, the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. We hope you enjoy this fun mashup from Pella Productions, and that it puts you in the holiday spirit!

Posted in: a capella / Hanukkah / holidays

Top Ten Shelter Songs for Sukkot

(Photo: flickr/eilamgil)

(Photo: flickr/eilamgil)

The Jewish people are in the middle of celebrating Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. During this weeklong festival, Jews build temporary shelters called sukkot, in which they spend time, eat, and even sleep, to remember the way God provided for the Israelites while they lived in such a manner. Jewcy.com has provided a playlist of songs (by Jews like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Brits like Mick Jagger and Blur) to enjoy in your sukkah:

1. Bob Dylan – “Shelter from the Storm”

2. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”

3. Madness – “Our House”

4. Simon & Garfunkel – “Homeward Bound”

5. Love – “A House Is Not a Motel”

6. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Our House”

7. The Animals – “The House of the Rising Sun”

8. Blur – “Country House”


Posted in: holidays / Jewcy.com / Music

A Vocal Celebration of Home

The Maccabeats’ latest video, shot in New York City and Jerusalem, is a medley of 12 songs about home. What a great celebration of the ceasefire and return to relative peace in the Holy Land.

Posted in: a cappella / Israel / Maccabeats

Nina Simone Sings “Eretz Zavat Chalav”

(Photo: Dutch National Archives)

(Photo: Dutch National Archives)

As has been shown before, we here at 4Zion are fans of good music. Last week, one of our favorite singers and pianists, Nina Simone, would have turned 81. In honor of Nina’s birthday, our friends at Jewcy reminded us that the jazz legend had the classic Hebrew tune “Eretz Zavat Chalav” (“The Land of Milk and Honey”) in her repertoire:

Simone incorporated the song into her repertoire to help showcase the talents of Brooklyn percussionist Montego Joe. She performed the song on CBS program Camera Three in the fall of 1962, at Carnegie Hall in Spring 1963, and later that year in the nationally syndicated folk-music television program, Hootenanny.

Posted in: Carnegie Hall / Eretz Zavat Chalav / Hebrew

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies at 110

(Photo: courtesy)

(Photo: courtesy)

Just last week, we brought you the story of the world’s oldest-known Holocaust survivor and her infectious optimism.

Sadly, Alice Herz-Sommer passed away yesterday at the age of 110. Ms. Herz-Sommer is the subject of a short documentary up for an Oscar at this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremonies, a film that tells the story of a life of faith, courage, and love of music:

Herz-Sommer’s devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp, and a film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next week’s Academy Awards.

While we will be cheering for this inspiring woman’s story during the Oscar telecast this Sunday, let’s also remember a life lived bravely, faithfully, and well.

Posted in: Academy Awards / Alice Herz-Sommer / Jewish people