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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mike's Place Bar Goes Kosher with New Location

Mike's Place, the local hangout known to English speaking residents and tourists has returned to Jerusalem after a year and a half absence. A grand
opening night will be held Thursday with local bands. The old location was torn down along with several old buildings near Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem to make way for the new condominiums. Now the local hot spot has opened up a block away.

The new location is attempting to attract a broad range of clientele by offering a certified kosher menu, and staying closing on Shabbat. The location became known as a place for English speakers ranging from America yeshiva students, tourists and locals to hang out and watch foreign sports games such as the Superbowl. The popular open mic nights and jam sessions also offer an opportunity for amateurs to perform live. Mike's Place originally opened in 1993.

Reuben Beiser, the new owner of the Jerusalem location said that even before their opening day last week, he saw people taking photos of the new sign. He says the reactions from neighboring establishments have been positive and their presence can make the area feel less disorganized.

For a full audio interview with Beiser and other Mike's Place staff, click here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Israeli Comedy with Ha Ha Fuch

Molly Livingstone of the Jerusalem based Ha Ha Fuch Israeli comedy troope talks about improv in Israel and what makes the Middle East ripe for humor.

Plus, the 6 Best Versions of Shir HaMaalot - Psalm 126, including the classic Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt version which almost became Israel's national anthem. Plus modern versions by Aaron Razel, Gavriel Hasson, Lechathila, Dov Indig and Yehoram Gaon.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

VIDEO: Kosher Hip-Hop - Can Rap Music be Converted to Judaism?

Jewish hip-hop artist Yitz "Y-Love" Jordan recently returned to Israel for a series of concerts over the Sukkot holiday. He spoke with Israel National News about his new projects, his journey to Judaism and why hip-hop can invigorate Jewish youth.


Monday, October 04, 2010

Interview with Jewish Music Star Dovid Gabay

Jewish singing star Dovid Gabay talks about his new Israel themed CD Eretz Yisroel, and the DavenForMe website which united Jewish worshipers worldwide.

Plus an old interview and tribute to the late David "Harpo " Abramson, a local Jewish musician who passed away suddenly over Sukkot. Harpo was a founder of Reva L'Sheva and known for his hit song Ahavat Yisrael.

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Photo Essay: Sukkot Wrap-Up

As Sukkot ends, Ben Bresky takes a look at the scenes of the holiday, including the Gilad Shalit sukkah, a party in the park and more.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks Live from Tel Aviv

Ben Bresky brings you Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as they talk about why they came to Israel, who they want to meet here, and OzzFest Tel Aviv.

Plus, an interview with Rabbi Eli Goldsmith, "the midnight rabbi " on the upcoming UnitY-love benefit concert in Beit Shemesh featuring Y-Love, Yosef Daniel, Elyon, and more. Also, Israeli metal band Betzefer sing a Hebrew children's song.

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