Lipa Schmeltzer
Singer/Songwriter
Lipa Schmeltzer
Elazar Lipa Schmeltzer is an American Hasidic singer and composer. He is a headliner within Hasidic and Haredi communities worldwide and has been called "the Jewish Elvis" and the "Lady Gaga of Hasidic music". Schmeltzer has released 10 solo albums as of 2011. In 2008 he was named to the Forward 50 of most influential Jews.
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The Weird and Wonderful Latest All-Inclusive Outreach of Yiddish Soul
Huffington Post - 8 months
I arrived at Yiddish Soul, the free Concert at Summerstage in Central Park - presented by the 101-year-old National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene as the opening event of its Second Annual KulturfestNYC, expecting the same old, same old - over-vibratoed vocal chords singing "My Yiddish Mama" and "By Mir Bist Du Shain" to the de rigueur grey-haired seniors who display more nostalgia for their Jewish upbringing now than they felt when they were living through it. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Yiddish Soul was an inclusive, international leap of faith, a mix of old and new designed to attract everyone and anyone from the religiously affiliated to the ethnically non-religious and hopefully their non-Jewish partners, particularly young families with children who seemed pleased enough with their Yiddishkeit - Jewish heritage - to dance in circles in the aisles. WFMU's Nachum Segal hosted, welcomed one and all and reminded anyone who could eat a little something that Mendy's Booth was sel ...
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Transgender Jews; Giving Up on Syria; Lipa Schmeltzer
Forward - over 3 years
THIS WEEK: How Jewish communities are responding to transgender Jews; Do we have a responsibility to Syria?; What’s new with Hasidic popstar, Lipa Schmeltzer? Click here for the rest of the article...
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The Many Outfits of Lipa Schmeltzer
Forward - over 4 years
The other week we reported on a shoot of Lipa Schmeltzer’s latest music video, in which the popular Hasidic singer dressed up in an Israel Defense Forces uniform, along with members of the Nahal Hareidi, or ultra-Orthodox division of the IDF. That video, titled “Mizrach,” has now been released. The army uniform is just one of Lipa’s many costumes. In the video he wears everything from a simple white shirt and black pants to a golden bekishe, to an “I Love Israel” t-shirt. With lyrics that come from a daily prayer about the ingathering of Jewish exiles, the song delivers a straightforward statement of Jewish unity. It’s a simple message, though still bound to upset extremist factions within the ultra-Orthodox community, who are opposed to both army service and t-shirts. That’s assuming they ever see it, which isn’t likely, since they also oppose the Internet. What’s important is that Schmeltzer continues to push for a broad, inclusive version of Orthodox Judaism that can accomo ...
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Lipa Schmeltzer in Uniform
Forward - over 4 years
Lipa Schmeltzer, the Hasidic superstar we can’t stop talking about, keeps pushing buttons. Yesterday the Orthodox news site Vos Iz Neias picked up reports from the Israeli newspaper Maariv that Schmeltzer is shooting a new music video with Israeli soldiers, dressed as a soldier himself. “Schmeltzer shot footage for the video several days ago in Jerusalem’s Kikar Tziyon, clad in army fatigues, with members of the Nachal Chareidi’s Netzach Yehuda division,” the site reports, referring to the Israel Defense Forces’ ultra-Orthodox unit. Although Schmeltzer has denied making any kind of political statement, the video’s timing is provocative. On July 31 Israel’s Tal Law, which granted deferments to some 54,000 ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students, expired, leaving them subject to the draft. While some Haredim welcome enlistment and greater participation in mainstream Israeli economic and social life, many community leaders are resistant to having a draft enforced on yeshiva students. ...
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My Lipa Schmeltzer Problem, and Ours
Forward - over 4 years
When Lipa Schmeltzer’s new music video, “Hang Up the Phone,” hit the Internet last week, I didn’t know what to think. What on God’s green earth was this? The video is a study in contradictions. So much so that, as Josh Nathan-Kazis observes, it enters into the Uncanny Valley between Hasidic and mainstream culture. With its pop sounds and Lady Gaga imagery it’s an affront to the Haredi establishment, whose worst fears about outside influence seem confirmed. That would be the same establishment that successfully shut down Lipa’s “Big Event” at Madison Square Garden in 2008, making the video even more of a provocation. But the lyrics! Oy. “The gadgets make us lazy / We gotta take it easy / uh uh oh / Can you hang up the phone?” Is there a more culturally conservative, moralistic message than that? Apparently, according to Lipa Schmeltzer, technology is eroding the fabric of our civilization. (Quick! Someone alert Ann Landers!) Watch clips of Orthodox apologist Eytan Kobre at the ...
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Hasidic Superstar Meets Lady Gaga — Must See
Forward - over 4 years
Break-dancing Hasidic robots in metal yarmulkes. The anti-Internet rally meets Toy Story in a Lady Gaga video. Those seem to be the general concepts behind this new English/Yiddish music video by Hasidic pop superstar Lipa Schmeltzer, which you really need to watch. Schmeltzer, the biggest act in the Hasidic world, is a long way from crossing over into mainstream pop, as this video can attest. But the production values are almost there, kind of. It’s like a late-90s boy band video with absolutely no girls in it, and really befuddling silver make-up. We’ve written about Schmeltzer before. When he made an arguably exploitative video about the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Boro Park, we debated his aesthetic value on our podcast. We’ve also written about how a rabbinic ban levied against his concerts in 2008 actually boosted his popularity. Schmeltzer now appears to be taking on the use of the web, one of the biggest issues of the day in the Orthodox community. H ...
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Reporters' Roundtable: Crown Heights Today; Hasidic Klezmer - Forward
Google News - over 5 years
... of Crown Heights 20 years after riots shook the community. Then Forward contributor Binyomin Ginzburg calls in to discuss the soulful klezmer music of Chilik Frank and how Frank's music compares to that of Hasidic pop superstar, Lipa Schmeltzer
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'Leiby Forever' song helped me cope with son's death, Nachman Kletzky says - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Nachman Kletzky, 39, called into the Jewish radio show "Talkline with Zev Brenner" on WMCA (570 AM) early Sunday while Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer was on the air talking about his ballad "Leiby Forever." "Every time I hear this song,
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Reporters' Roundtable: Hasidic Police Services; Inspirational Israeli Protests - Forward
Google News - over 5 years
... but that the town's political clout keeps them from being able to enforce state rules. Finally Ezra Glinter, who edits the Forward's The Arty Semite blog, joins the group to discuss the sometimes-controversial Hasidic pop of Lipa Schmeltzer
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Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer's video 'Leiby Forever' pays tribute to slain ... - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer, also known as the 'Jewish Elvis,' is honoring Leiby Kletzky (below) with a seven-minute song called 'Leiby Forever.' A Hasidic singer will release Wednesday a tribute song and music video featuring
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Leiby, innocente victime du "Boucher de Brooklyn" - Paris Match
Google News - over 5 years
Lipa Schmeltzer, un chanteur bien connu de la communauté hassidique et le préféré de Leiby, a rendu visite à la famille. Il projette d'écrire une chanson en mémoire au petit garçon, «L'histoire de Leiby», s'il n'avait jamais croisé la route de Levi
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Hasidic star writing song for slain boy - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
Lipa Schmeltzer, a popular and high-profile singer in the Hasidic community, visited the grieving family of slain 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky yesterday — and even chanted a Yiddish song to the boy's younger sister to comfort her
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VIDEO: Lipa Schmeltzer Releases Video In Memory Of Leiby A”H - Yeshiva World News
Google News - over 5 years
I am numb with pain, grief, and heartbroken over the horrifying news that 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky A”H was murdered. Most of us never knew Leiby, yet he touched us all, in such a remarkable way. I had just returned from Uman on Tuesday, and although I
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lipa Schmeltzer
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 35
    On May 18, 2014 he graduated with a GPA of 3.902.
    More Details Hide Details Among the courses Schmeltzer completed in college were acting, dance, musical theater, English, psychology and pluralism and diversity.
    Schmeltzer was one of three from the over 7,000 students in Rockland Community College to be nominated for the award in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Schmeltzer is currently studying Creative Writing and Visual Art at Columbia University's School of General Studies.
    On April 8, 2014 Schmeltzer received a Chancellor's Award of Excellence, which is considered to be "the highest honor bestowed upon the student body."
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    Schmeltzer has released 13 solo albums as of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Schmeltzer grew up in the Hasidic enclave of New Square, New York a village in Rockland County, New York. His grandfather, a Jewish farmer in pre-war Hungary, was murdered during World War II, leaving his father, Reuven, an orphan at the age of 13. Reuven Schmeltzer was one of the 1684 Jews who escaped Nazi-controlled Hungary on the Kastner train and spent time in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before being released in Switzerland. He and his wife had 12 children of which Lipa is the second-youngest.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010, Schmeltzer built a synagogue in the village of Airmont, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Called the Airmont Shul, it maintains a nonjudgmental and open-door policy toward its congregants. Schmeltzer attended Rockland Community College, a two-year school which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. He pursued a dual associate degree in performing arts and liberal arts.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    Shortly after the cancellation of "The Big Event", promoters began planning another concert with the scaled-down name "The Event", which went off without controversy before a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater on March 1, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Later the same year, Aderet Records released a double CD and DVD of "The Event".
    In 2009, one of the signatory rabbis, Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, told the The Jewish Star newspaper that he had no problem with Lipa: "As far as I know he is an ehrliche Yid truly devout Jew."
    More Details Hide Details Three months after the controversy, Schmeltzer released his next album, titled A Poshiter Yid (A Simple Jew), with a cover image and songs that portrayed him as a tradition-minded, Torah-observant Jew instead of the rock idol portrayed by the ban. Since that release, Schmeltzer's concert and recording schedules have increased.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In an interview in June 2008, Schmeltzer stated: “If I knew the truth, 'The Big Event' would not have been cancelled...
    More Details Hide Details Many Rabbis have told me that people came to them with false information regarding my concert".
    Schmeltzer frequently contributes his talents for Jewish benefit performances. He has also written songs and performed in response to tragedies within the Hasidic community. After Chabad shluchim Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were murdered in a 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and their two-year-old son Moishe was saved, he wrote the song A Letter to Moishe'le.
    More Details Hide Details He was part of an all-star group of Jewish musicians who produced a musical tribute to Sholom Rubashkin after the latter's conviction in federal court in 2010. Following the 2011 murder of Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, he released a ballad called "Leiby Forever" and a seven-minute music video depicting home movies of Kletzky growing up. In February 2008, a large amount of publicity was generated for a concert at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater in New York City featuring Schmeltzer and Shloime Gertner, under the playbill "The Big Event". On 20 February, a full-page notice was printed in the Hamodia newspaper. The notice stated that it was "a serious prohibition to attend or perform" at the concert which would lead to "ribaldry and lightheadedness" and added that it was "forbidden to hire these singers to sing at any party, celebration or charity event".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 19
    Lipa married his wife Miriam also a native of New Square, on August 27, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children. After his wedding, Schmeltzer tried to find work as a badchen (entertainer) for weddings. Though he had no formal musical training, he began performing at weddings and bar mitzvahs in the Haredi Jewish communities of upstate New York and Brooklyn. He earned a reputation as a natural performer, and began releasing recordings and videos. The first, Nor B'Simcha (Only Be Happy), was released shortly after his wedding. With his thick, round eyeglasses and sidelocks, "outlandish" outfits, and comical YouTube videos, he has rocketed to stardom in the Hasidic music world. Schmeltzer's music has both gained popularity and generated controversy within the American Hasidic community due to the fusion of traditional Hasidic music and lyrics with contemporary music styles. His performance range includes "hard-driving rock tunes, jazzy shuffles, pseudo-rap numbers, solemn prayers, klezmer dances and jokey skits, accompanied by a nine-piece band and a troupe of actors". He writes lyrics in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. As is the norm in Hasidic circles, Schmeltzer's concerts are gender-segregated.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on March 17, 1978.
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