Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Bnei Menashe

'lost tribe of Israel'

Recognize 200 members of group believing it descended from Joseph

By Aaron Klein© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

An official delegation of Israeli rabbis arrived in India last week and began converting to Judaism members of a group that believes it is one of the ten "lost tribes" of Israel, jump starting a process many hope will bring the tribe's remaining 7,000 members to the Jewish state.
The Bnei Menashe say they are the descendants of Manasseh, one of biblical patriarch Joseph's two sons, and a grandson of Jacob. They live in the two Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, to which they claim to have been exiled from Israel over 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian empire, and have been trying the past fifty years to return to Israel.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Montreal artist Erik Slutsky

Am I a Jew.
"Artist not sure how his work fits into Iraq Museum show"
Montreal artist Erik Slutsky did what many other artists do in their spare time. He checked out his name on Google a few days ago and discovered, to his amazement, that his work was being showcased in the Iraq Museum International Poster Exhibition. He
figured it was probably another Eric Slutsky, until he visited the museum website and saw his art on display.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.

by Sara Ivry
Irving Berlin, the man responsible for "God Bless America," was also the brains behind "Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollar," a 1916 number which sent up the stereotype of the tight-fisted Jew. It was one in a slew of Tin Pan Alley minstrel songs that made fun, often affectionately, of greenhorns and their slightly savvier predecessors. Jewface, a new album from Reboot Stereophonic, introduces several of these songs to listeners far removed from the immigrant experience and the Yiddish inflections that infused it.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Klezmer Mountain Boys

Margot Leveret and Barry Mitterhoff

Margot Leverett and Barry Mitterhoff are bandmates in the klezmer-bluegrass band Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys. They played a Kentucky mandolin medley of two tunes by bluegrass architect Bill Monroe ("Kentucky Mandolin" and "Wheel Hoss") and put a klezmer dance tune in the middle.

Click below to listen.