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Israel's Newest TV Stars: Nice Jewish Boys From A Synagogue Near You December 29, 2016
One of the most popular TV shows in Israel right now is a reality singing contest in the spirit of American Idol and The Voice. But the contestants aren’t singing pop songs or trying to win record contracts. They’re singing liturgical music--sacred songs you would hear in religious services. So why has a show about synagogue music captured the imagination of a country where most Jews don’t even go to synagogue? Laura Kwerel has the story, from October 2015. This story won a Wilbur award in 2016.

Liel Liebovitz,  Israeli-American journalist and co-host of the podcast Unorthodox
Read Liel's article on Ha’Paytan in Tablet magazine, and watch a full episode of the show.