Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jerusalem United: Why No Ban?

I saw a sign in Brooklyn for a concert and rally starring Yaakov Shwekey and Shalsheles (link). According to this article (link):

The concert, "Jerusalem United", is billed as an "uplifting rally and concert" and will feature guest speakers, videos of Jerusalem and performances by top singers in the Jewish music world. It will be held Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the National Council of Young Israel, Jerusalem Reclamation Project and the Israel Solidarity Fund of America.
On the sign I saw, it said "Separate seating available". In other words, there is mixed seating.

To my knowledge, this concert has not been banned, unlike Lipa Shmeltzer's "Big Event". Even those signatories of the ban who are against all concerts do not seem to have become activated about this.

Is calling it a rally the new way to get around the ban? Or is it because the National Council of Young Israel, a Modern Orthodox organization, is sponsoring it? Actually, I see here a great way for MO organizations to recruit from the Yeshiva world. Since the Yeshiva world is no longer allowed to have concerts, MO organizations should arrange for popular Yeshiva singers to entertain in their venues. The Yeshiva boys will come running.

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