Street dance, with guitar Dancer Yolit Yospe-Kachlon and company present a traditional flamenco show on Saturday night in Rockville

“When you hear a flamenco song, you don’t have to understand the words to feel the emotions,” Yolit Yospe-Kachlon said last week following a four-hour teaching and rehearsal stint at a Rockville dance studio. Yospe-Kachlon doesn’t just feel the emotions when flamenco musicians sing and play guitar. She dances them. Israeli-born, she grew up on… Read More

Hip-hop artist seeks a place for Israel in Arab Middle East

Israeli hip-hop star Shaanan Streett joked that his progressive perspective on Israeli society probably wasn’t reflected at the recent AIPAC policy conference. The lead singer of Israeli hip-hop groove collective Hadag Nahash led a candid conversation on April 4 at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center. “The first thing I want to speak about is… Read More

In a cappella contest, Maryland’s Rak Shalom comes in second

There was neither Glee snark nor teenage sexual innuendo at the Kol HaOlam National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competition on Saturday night. Instead eight Jewish student song groups staged a friendly competition on stage at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington. The college-aged singers hailed from Temple, Binghamton, Washington and Johns Hopkins universities and the universities… Read More

Choral singers practice, look ahead to Carnegie Hall

Baltimore is a long commute from Reston, where Kate York lives. The 18-year-old senior at South Lakes High School had for years wanted to join the Jewish high school choral group HaZamir, but couldn’t justify the once-a-week drive. That changed when the Zamir Choral Foundation started its Washington-area chapter. York is one of 15 singers… Read More

Piotr Gajewski leads National Philharmonic

Music has always been an important part of Jewish culture,” said Piotr Gajewski, conductor and founder of the Montgomery County-based National Philharmonic. The Warsaw-born maestro founded the orchestra in the mid-1980s as the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra with an eye toward bringing a world-class musical organization to Montgomery County. In succeeding years the group evolved and… Read More