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  • Did Michael Jackson learn the moonwalk from a Holocaust survivor?

    Did Michael Jackson take his most famous dance move from a Jewish mime? We revisit this myth on what would have been the King of Pop’s 53rd birthday. [[READMORE]] Born August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson was long rumored to have borrowed the moonwalk from the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau. This alleged association ran in Marceau’s… More ▸

  • Jerusalem Elects Secular Mayor

    The apparent victory of a secular businessman in Jerusalem’s mayoral elections was greeted with relief by Israelis concerned about the increasing Orthodox character of the city. Early exit polls Tuesday showed Nir Barkat, a city councilman and high-tech entrepreneur, leading the fervently Orthodox candidate, Rabbi Meir Porush, by several percentage points. The other viable candidate… More ▸

  • Music from Israel Striking Chord with Jews in U.S.

    Singing in unintelligible gibberish as her hands strike the darbuka drum with frantic intensity, the short, pretty brunette at center stage holds the audience transfixed as she reaches the song’s crescendo. When she sounds her final note, the audience rises for a standing ovation. Though it is her New York debut concert, Israeli singer-songwriter Din… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israeli soldiers will soon have the option of serving in a military dance troupe. The chief education officer in Israel’s armed forces, Brig.-Gen. Eli Shermeister, decided this month to form a dance troupe in which conscripts can spend their mandatory service. The troupe will entertain regular forces much like the military bands that long have… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Dancers from six countries spent the weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at what is considered the largest Israeli folk dance festival outside Israel. Some 3,200 dancers — mostly youths — from Argentina, Mexico, Panama, United States, Venezuela and Brazil gathered in Sao Paulo’s plush Hebraica club over the weekend at the annual Carmel Festival. More ▸