A Jewish Star Season Two Kicks Off

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jewish-star[Videos below.] An all new Season Two of “A Jewish Star” – the world’s first Jewish music singing competition – was launched yesterday with many seeing the contest as the next obvious step in the recent evolution of the Jewish music industry.

Career musicians and music enthusiasts from around the U.S., Canada, South America, Israel, Europe and even former Soviet countries like Azerbaijan were captivated last year by the possibility of discovering the world’s next singing sensation.

“I think it’s amazing that you are giving young people a chance to connect to Torah and Jewish music,” the legendary composer Yossi Green gushed about Season 1, which attracted over 50 auditions and 61,893 votes cast online.

The winner was Binyamin Moshe, a Brooklyn yeshiva student, who recently had his self-composed single “Romemu” recorded and produced by famed music producer Ruli Ezrachi and with music by the renowned Freilach Orchestra.

Semi-finalists Avraham Ohayon and Shuki Sadon were in high demand as entertainers ever since they made it to the finals and performed live at the show.

A number of other contenders also found fame after entering the competition, some of whom are now household names.

With Season Two beginning, and a parallel A Jewish Star Juniors race being added to the contest for boys ages 8 – 14, the anticipation is skyrocketing. Who will audition this round, who will be the public’s favorite and what will the judges say?

The deadline for auditions is Dec 21, 2010. Finalists will perform at a live show on February 20th in Brooklyn, New York.

A Jewish Star was created and is executive produced by Mica Soffer, owner and publisher of Community News Service COLlive.com and Yossi Soffer, owner of Unique Image Advertising. Yehuda Ceitlin is the creative director.

The unparalleled superstar of Jewish music Avraham Fried who has been inspiring audiences for the last 30 years will once again assume the mantle of a judge on A Jewish Star, contributing his wise and astute insight as he did in Season 1.

Joining him once again will be Chassidic comic Mendy Pellin, who admits he has “zero knowledge in music” but is well versed in the entertainment business. He was recently spotted on set filming for a Hollywood sports movie.

A new addition to Season Two’s judges panel is Eli Gerstner, the multi-talented Jewish singer, songwriter and producer who is responsible for the successes of the Yeshiva Boys Choir, The Chevra, Menucha, Dovid Stein, Tek-noy, and the Yosis Orchestra.

For more info and to audition visit: www.aJewishStar.com

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  1. Wow we copy the goying with everything these days. This whole idea “shmeckt” goyish. Our superstars are supposed to be the Gedolim….

  2. I watched the orginal clips that were on the internet last year. To me it also shmecked of lashon hara. People sang songs, and the judges had to criticize, and the entire frum world was watching the judges give personal criticism. I cannot fathom why that would be muttar. (That is beside the issue of the criticism being a direct copy of the reason that goyim watch the show with that British guy Simon whatever. He gives shtarke crticism, and that’s what’s entertaining.)

  3. Are there no boundaries any more.

    What’s with our so called frum entertainers.

    It’s time they asked their Rabbonim before they start a new Mishigas.

  4. Even the term used “He rocks the house” is goyish sounding.
    Entertainment is fine and fun to watch but when it goes overboard to copy the tv shows and idolize the singers with the fans and groupies, then it’s too much. As #3 says, we should remember our role during Chanukah and who were the misyavnim

  5. oy lanu what happend to us the few of us who are true torah yidden i bed u be strong , we have what to be proud of we are a guy kudosh ,

  6. Starting to think Rav Amnon Yitzchak is right…the “entertainers” have gotten out of control and don’t even bother with Daas Torah anymore.

  7. we tell ourselves what’s so bad?it’s not ossur.we admit it comes from the goyim but what else should we do for entertainment? its better than the alternatives which would be an outright issur. we say halivai our kids are doing this and not some traif outlet.maybe that’s true but it’s very sad that we are so desperate to borrow ideas from the goyim.and we dont have a way to make our own torah and mitzvos exciting to our generation. maybe a struggling stifled kid needs a break from all day yeshiva and gets some enjoyment from this instead of traifa videos.pizza was also invented by goyim but it happens to be good.are you not eating it?are there not enough havdalos/issurim in the torah and shulchan aruch? just my 2 cents.or is it 50 cent.machtzis hashekel.whats the translation of amerikaneshe avoda zara?

  8. Answer to #8:
    Yes, yes and yes.

    I grew up Modern Orthodox and one of the most popular TV shows at the time was something like this. Our community is having serious chukos hagoyim issues. If not halachically, then most definitely hashkafically.

  9. This is repulsing to say the least. And well Harav Hagoin Harav Amnon Yitzchak Shlita was 100% right, the way he went after that singer that sang at a mixed concert in Eretz Yisroel, the paltrin shel melech, eventhough Reb Aaron Leib Shlita didn’t wanna sign his kol korei, there must have been other reasons for that. But this competition is sickening and well the amount of good kids that might end up being affected by it, and maybe even going off as a result, outweighs the bad on the fringe kids that may benefit from this gaiva, and mivayish chaveiroi birabim contest, this is what you call dor hamushiach kipnei hakelev which I saw brought down that we do not have to purse that behavior in order to warrent Mashiachs arrival. And i’m glad that every commenter here commented negatively and against this distorted view of yidishi entertainent, at least we have alot of sane yidden still around.

  10. This is chukas hagoi, No Question…
    it is mamish copying goyim and involves being mivayish people birabim this is terrible and usur, never mind the list of other isurim involved!!

  11. i think people should stop saying how bad this is do any of you look at the positive side like the fact that we can have Jewish entertainment and nobody go to see the goyisha version

  12. well said #1-12,
    to #14 you shouldn’t come on here and spew your non-daas Torahdike feelings. Ihave heard daas Torah speak specifically these type of things-when yidden copy goyishe things and try to make them Jewish.(for example Jewish cruises.)Loook at the Bais Haleivi on Chanukah.
    May we all be Zocheh to be Shomei u’mekablei Daas Torah.

  13. Kids are thirsting for music and turning to goyishe stuff anyway……let’s give them something Jewish to aspire to…just lissten to your kids ipods and be real! This is positive , using something that is already out of hand and roping it in so they can be proud in their own circles and not need to look outside……

  14. I agree with the above comments that the way they juged last year was tasteless but hopefully tehy learned from all teh crticism they got and will focus on positive this year. in general it is definateley a positive thing. anyone saing else is completeley detached from reality and what our kids listen to!


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