East meets West as Klezmatics, Yasmin Levy play together

East and West, Ashkenazi and Sephardic, Yiddish and Ladino, will meet in musical collaboration when Israeli Ladino singer Yasmin Levy and the New York-based Klezmatics share the stage at Bethesda’s Music Center at Strathmore on Nov. 7, an installment of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. Levy is renowned as a soulful singer of flamenco, tango… Read More

5 Jewish rappers (who aren’t Drake)

One of the most famous rappers in the world right now is a Jew from Canada. Drake, who grew up as Aubrey Drake Graham, attended day school in Toronto, once rapped about his bar mitzvah on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared on the cover of Vibe wearing a diamond-studded chai. As it happens, however,… Read More

Aaron Dworkin brings many identities to arts

Ask Aaron Dworkin about his background and he’ll tell you that he’s a “black, white, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic.” Born in Chicago, Dworkin was adopted by a white Jewish couple as a 2-week-old infant in 1970. They already had an older birth son, so Dworkin’s brother is white. When his mother returned to her… Read More