Koolulam: 12,000 Israelis Sing Together on the Country’s 70th Independence Day

The website funinjerusalem.com describes Israeli group singing sensation Koolulam this way: “‘Come and sing with strangers’ — that’s part of Koolulam’s mission of spreading joy through music and bringing together diverse groups within Israel.” The following is from the introduction to the video linked below, performed on the occasion of Israel’s 70th anniversary as a…

Bulletproof Stockings: Hasidic Women’s Alternative Rock Band

From 2011 to 2016, two Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York — Perl Wolf and Dalia Shusterman (pictured above, from left to right) — became religious, cultural and musical trailblazers in their community by creating and performing in an all-female, all ultra-Orthodox alternative/indie rock band called Bulletproof Stockings. In light of religious prohibitions about women…