VIDEOS: A Jewish Star’s Season 2 Launches


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An all new Season Two of “A Jewish Star” – the world’s first Jewish music singing competition – was launched today, November 25, 2010 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 and singer 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 February 20th in New York.

For complete rules, more information or to audition, go to

A Jewish Star was created and is executive produced by Mica Soffer, owner and publisher of Community News Service 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 Chasidic 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 with Brad Pitt filming for a Hollywood sports movie.

A new edition 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.

(YWN Desk – NYC)


  1. I disagree with this entire concept. I cannot believe any Rav would have allowed them to launch “A Jewish Star.” Chazal tell us that those who publicly embarrass others lose their share in the World to Come. The Talmud writes that publicly embarrassing someone is tantamount to murdering him. When one Talmudic sage stated this, a second one concurred, saying that when a person turns pale, “the red leaves and the white comes” (Bava Metziah 58b). The video shows a large crowd behind the judges. Of course, it only showed clips where the contestants did well. But obviously, that is not always the case. A contestant who truly thinks he has a good voice and is rejected publicly, is publicly shamed. Telling someone what is wrong with them should always be done privately. When will we stop “idolizing” the goyishe world (American Idol) and do the proper and Torah thing to do? Bottom line: Show us the haskamos (approbations)

  2. I had an earlier comment, but I have a feeling that it was not allowed because I was really honest (perhaps too honest). So instead I will just say ditto to #1 and 2. This is not an example of Klal Yisrael at their best, but rather at their worst. It’s sad to see “people” who feel the need to copy the ways of the goyim. Even the Judges’ comments did not exemplify Yiddishkeit. Very sad!