Monday, February 22, 2016

Drake Performs at a Girl's Bat Mitzvah Party

From JTA.org:

Drake made a surprise appearance at a bat mitzvah in New York City.

The popular Jewish rapper sang and danced with the unnamed girl on Saturday night at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, according to Stereogum. Several videos of the performance were posted on social media.

Drake performed several songs, including “Back to Back” and “Summer Sixteen” from his upcoming album “Views from the Six” and his portion of a remix of Fetty Wap’s “My Way.” He invited the bat mitzvah to sing with him on his hit “Hotline Bling.”

Drake performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., April 12, 2015. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)


In 2011, Drake charged $250,000 to perform at the bar mitzvah of the son of Jeff Zucker, then the president of NBC Universal.

The rapper, who is nicknamed Drizzy, is the son of a Jewish mother and an African-American father. He attended a Jewish day school in Toronto and had a bar mitzvah. He spoofed his own bar mitzvah on a “Saturday Night Live” episode two years ago.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LA Lakers Sign Jewish Teen with Brain Cancer to Basketball Contract

The Los Angeles Lakers signed a Jewish teenager with brain cancer to a one-day contract.

Yitzi Teichman of Baltimore signed the one-day contract on Sunday for the team’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was given a jersey with the number 18, which in Hebrew is chai, or life, for the game.

Teichman, 18, is a native of Los Angeles and a lifelong Lakers fan. His opportunity to join the team was facilitated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks with Make-A-Wish recipient Yitzi Tiechman before a game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Staples Center. The Lakers signed the teenager to a one-day contract before the game.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks with Make-A-Wish recipient Yitzi Tiechman before a game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Staples Center. The Lakers signed the teenager to a one-day contract before the game. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The teen, who had a brain tumor removed several months ago, was joined at the Staples Center arena by his parents and seven siblings.

Teichman told the newspaper that his first word was “Kobe,” referring to the team’s star player, Kobe Bryant. He said that when he was asked by the foundation what he wished for, “It was pretty easy; I want to be a Laker. I didn’t have much of a shot considering my height; so it was either I’ve got to be good at basketball or get cancer. So I went with the cancer route.”

Bryant sent a video of support to Teichman before his surgery, according to NBA.com.

He warmed up with the team but sat on the bench during the game, which the Lakers lost. He received a signed ball and the players’ game shoes as gifts.

The teen, who is undergoing treatment, has been accepted to the University of Maryland and Towson University for next year.

Source: JTA