Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Dancing in Jerusalem is one of the most uplifting music videos about Israel that we've seen this year. It was written and performed by Sam Glaser, a composer, performer and interpreter of Jewish music.
Referred to as one of the top ten Jewish artists in the United States by Moment Magazine, he holds a global fifty-city music tour culminating in Israel every year.
Glaser performs annually to over 100,000 people of all ages at such venues as The Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheatre and Dodger Stadium, and toured cities such as Sydney, London, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv.
While an Orthodox Jew himself, he holds concerts as well as sings in synagogues of all streams of Judaism, which are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist.
In this video, Glaser describes the various major redemption moments of the past century, including the emigrations from Yemen, Iraq, Morocco, Ethiopia, and the former USSR. The opening line quotes the Ethiopian Crown Prince Ahmad when he finally gave permission for the Jews to leave.
Glaser was born to a Jewish family in Los Angeles, California and started composing and performing at the age of 7. He recorded his first full length album at the age of 11 and composed his first national radio spot at the age of 14. While in Junior High, Glaser was chosen Best Male Vocalist in the LA City School District and was presented the award by conductor Zubin Mehta at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
He graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Business and Minor in Music, and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the UCLA Film Scoring Program. Glaser currently lives in Los Angeles in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood with his wife Shira and children Max, Jesse and Sarah.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
(A tip of the kippah to Sheila Zucker for bringing this video to our attention.)