Lost Violin of Auschwitz Plays Again

(Photo: Yad Vashem/BPK)

(Photo: Yad Vashem/BPK)

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp’s remaining survivors tell their stories. Yet The Jewish Daily Forward reports that the voice of an inanimate object – a violin – will also be heard as the Holocaust is remembered:

A violin thrown some seventy years ago from a train transporting French Jews to the Nazi Auschwitz death camp will sound in the concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic on Tuesday night, along with other instruments once played by victims of the Holocaust.

A French railwayman caught that unknown passenger’s violin and gave it to his daughter to play.

Years later it found its way into the hands of Israeli violin-maker and restorer Amnon Weinstein, whose extraordinary collection comprises violins embodying their former owners’ tragic histories and stories of survival.

Tuesday marks…

Posted in: Alexandra Hudson / Arts / Auschwitz-Birkenau

Rock Singer: Mainstream Media Is “Setting the Stage for a New Holocaust”

(Photo: wikicommons/Kevin)

(Photo: wikicommons/Kevin)

Despite how it may seem, not all those who make their living in the media are anti-Israel. The Blaze reports that Disturbed singer David Draiman – a Jewish son of Israelis and grandson of Holocaust survivors – is quite vocal in his support of Israel, despite the mainstream media’s bias:

When he’s not involved in his musical pursuits, the lead singer of the heavy metal group Disturbed is lending his voice to defend the state of Israel, posting numerous messages on Facebook and Twitter and now offering his thoughts in a radio interview where he blasted the mainstream media for what he contends is biased coverage.

In an interview this week on the Voice of Israel radio, singer and songwriter David Draiman warned that media coverage of Israel is so…

Posted in: Anti-Israel Bias / David Draiman / Disturbed

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