Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Singer Rihanna Stops by Western Wall in Jerusalem Before Tel Aviv Concert

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Grammy Award winning pop/ r&b singer Rihanna will perform at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium Sunday night. Born in Barbados and now based in the United States, the singer spent two days prior to the concert touring sites in Israel.

In Jerusalem she stopped by the new Aish HaTorah world center and was photographed in front of the Temple Institutes's gold menorah. She also visited the Western Wall (the Kotel) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Rihanna also helped paint a mural on the Kfir Scouts community center in Tel Aviv as part of a volunteer project.

According to the Associated Press she stated at a press conference that her time in Israel was an "amazing, amazing experience."

In September 2009, Rihanna performed at Jay-Z's "Answer to Call" concert, which paid tribute to the police officers and firefighters who died on the September 11 attacks. She won two Grammy awards in 2010 and currently has several top 10 pop songs on the charts.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Operatic Singer David D'or's New Pop CD

Interview with David D'or, Israel's famous 4-octive vocalist on his new CD "The World I'm Painting. " Hear his thoughts on representing Israeli and Jewish music on international stages. Plus, the forgotten 1970's David Dor.

And, Gavriel and Ben discuss the controversial new pro-IDF song "I am Your Brother" by Amir Benayoun. Plus great new music by Shalom Gad, Terra Rossa and more.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Interview with "Yahad " Band Gaya

Gili Liber of Gaya talks about his famous song Shir LeAhava (Yahad) and how it became a modern staple of the Israeli music scene. To download the free mp3 podcast click here:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Singer Ira Caplan's Ode to Gilad Shalit

Singer-Songwriter Ira Caplan talks about his adventures in Israel and his ballad for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in this live performance and interview.

Plus, awesome Israeli music from Infected Mushroom, Mordechai Yitzhar Baumol, Raanan Nahari, the Diaspora Yeshiva Band, and Meir Ben Amitai.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Complete Unity Concert to Showcase Yeshiva Talent in Jerusalem

Established bands will join yeshiva students for the Complete Unity Concert, which will benefit two locals charities and showcase new talent. Scheduled for Saturday night May 8th at Heichel Shlomo in Jerusalem, the concert is the latest in a series organized by local educator Rabbi Eli Goldsmith, dubbed by his students as "the midnight rabbi."

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Monday, May 03, 2010

Shtar - New Yeshiva Hip-Hop Band

Interview with members of the new yeshiva hip-hop group Shtar. Hear how one of their members gave up a record contract in London to move to Israel and another member stuck to rapping because his rabbi told him to.

Plus, Rabbi Eli Goldsmith "the midnight rabbi " talks about the upcoming Complete Unity Concert on May 8th featuring Shtar, Aharit Hayamim Hai, Sam Fisher & Psychologix, Mendy Portnoy, Danny Raphael, JudaBlue and more young, up-and-coming bands.

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