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"People You'd Never Think Would Be Orthodox Jews"

Edon Pinchot - this kippah clad crooner - was one last year and stole many hearts along the way!
You probably never knew that there are Orthodox Jewish.. - Buzzfeed

"Thousands Attend Israel Day Concert in Central Park"

Music fans of all ages and walks of life came together on Sunday, June 2 for a star-studded celebration of the special U.S.-Israel relationship. The 20th Annual Israel Day Concert was by far the biggest yet, with thousands coming to hear some of hottest musical acts in the Jewish world. Dubbed “the concert with a message” by its organizers, the gathering, which was free and open to the public, also featured presentations by prominent American and Israeli leaders including media personality and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, and Israeli Deputy Defense Minister and Knesset Member Danny Danon.

The concert, which paid tribute to the memories of Carl Freyer—one of the event’s original founders—and Dr. Manfred Lehman (z”l), was organized by Dr. Joseph Frager, with Dr. Paul & Mrs. Drora Brody serving as the Concert’s chairpersons. Sponsoring the event was the Israel Concert-in-the-Park Committee in association with Young Israel Chovevei Zion, with catering by the ever-popular Mendy’s Kosher Delicatessen. Special thanks were also given by Brody and Frager to the National Council of Young Israel—and in particular the organization’s Chief Operating Officer Chaim Leibtag—for their assistance. The program began just as the Annual Israel Day Parade (a separate event sponsored by New York’s Jewish Community Relations Council) was drawing to a close, with many of the parade’s participants ultimately finding their way to the concert. The Concert showcased a veritable who’s who of Jewish entertainers. Lending their star power to the event were headliners Lipa Schmeltzer and Edon Pinchot. The many opening acts preceding them, however, were celebrities in the own right. Brought together by Musical Director Zvika Bornstein, these included popular Israeli Chassidic-Folk trio Simply Tsfat; 2012 Jewish Star International Music Contest Winners Dovid Moskovits (of Queens, NY) and Choni Goldman (coming all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa); Dr. Meyer Abittan—a cardiologist who, fittingly, touched people’s hearts with his moving rendition of the theme from Exodus–”This Land is MINE, G-d Gave This Land To ME!”; Jerry Markovitz; the Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers; Chaim Kiss; Izzy Kieffer & Heshy R (who delighted with a musical homage to Reb Shlomo Carlebach); and rising music star Elron Zabatani. Zabatani, a resident of Jerusalem’s Old City and an alumnus of the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva (who has also worked as a tour guide and medic), was to be accompanied by piano phenom Shlomi Aharoni. Unfortunately, Aharoni, who helped Zabatani prepare for his performance, was unable to attend due to a recent automobile accident.
Staying true to the concert’s theme, the entertainment was interspersed with impassioned speeches by top Israeli and pro-Israel leaders. The Israel Day Concert, declared Dr. Frager, is unique by virtue of its “significant message.”

IMG_2830“That message is, of course, one of unity. And the unity we’re speaking of is the unity of Yerushalayim [Jerusalem], and of course the unity of all of Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel].”

Dr. Brody would later echo that sentiment, explaining that “The main purpose of the Concert is to show the world, from Washington to Jerusalem, that we are not prepared to give up any land, and we believe in Eretz Yisrael hashleima[a whole, undivided Israel], and Jerusalem … will stay reunited forever.”
Following Dr. Frager’s introductory remarks, the concert began in earnest with the performance of the Hatikva (Israel’s national anthem) by Izzy Kiefer, and The Star-Spangled Banner, led by Shloime Dachs and his Orchestra.
Many well-known media figures attended or actively participated in the day’s festivities, including radio broadcasters Nachum Segal (who served as the concert’s MC), and Zev Brenner. Speaking with this reporter, Mr. Brenner discussed the concert in his usual eloquent fashion. “It’s an important day for Jews to show solidarity with Israel,” explained Brenner. “The concert is a unique institution which shows solidarity with Jews—especially in Yehudah & Shomron [Judea & Samaria]–and it’s good to see people gather in song, all unified, because that’s the reality. At the end of the day, we’re all together. So it’s nice to see people from all different backgrounds, unified. We need to see more people coming out for the parade and for the concert.”
“It’s a great day to be Jewish in New York,” he added.
“Only Joe Frager could pull something like this off,” said Langfan, “G-d bless him.”
Making the Israel Day Concert all the more unique, community leaders and politicians rubbed elbows with musical celebrities and prominent rabbis, creating a happy, if unlikely, mix. Among that last group were such luminaries as Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Director of the Iggud HaRabbanim, and Rabbi David Algaze of the International Committee for the Land of Israel. Tannenbaum discussed the miraculous victories of Israel in the face of repeated attempts of gen - The Yeshiva World News

"Edon Pinchot credits his sister for success on ‘America’s Got Talent’"

Little brothers always want to best their older sisters.

Except Edon Pinchot, 14, of Skokie.

What began as a fond admiration for an older sibling’s musical might has the teen standing on one of America’s biggest stages.

The kippah-wearing pop singer/pianist is one of 24 acts currently vying for the $1 million grand prize on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Known simply as Edon in the talent competition, the young crooner gains more fame and fans with each performance, just as he did when he first started performing from home a few years ago.

The fourth of five siblings, Edon said he looked up to his sister, Arianne, now 18, not only for her musical talents but because she was “always happy.”

He mimicked his sister’s singing and took up the piano at age 9. Once he reached adolescence his voice became the stronger of the two, Arianne said.

Though all her children enjoy singing together, Laurie Pinchot said Arianne and Edon share an extra-special bond. As kids the siblings would re-enact plays together at home and on stage. Whenever Arianne sang and dance Edon was there watching, she said.

“She has been feeding him a steady diet of Broadway musicals since he was a baby,” Laurie said of her daughter. “Music is what they share.”

Edon’s success has only strengthened Arianne’s support, Laurie said.

“She is just so encouraging of him,” she said. “There is no jealousy.”

Arianne said her friends also took notice of her kid brother’s talent and began making requests for their favorite songs.

Some girls recorded his performances on their smart phones to replay later.

Two years ago, Arianne and a friend hatched the idea to post the videos online. Thus a teenage heartthrob — now sometimes referred to as the “Jewish Justin Bieber” — was born.

Edon practiced for each round of “America’s Got Talent” the past six months —covering “Good Life” by OneRepublic and David Guetta’s “Without You” and “Titanium” — in the family’s living room with both his sister and dad by his side.

Now, when friends visit they want to take photos with that “famous piano,” she said.

The performer has taken his newfound fame in stride. The show’s judges and fans know him for his humble demeanor and poise as much as his big voice.

“It’s really cool that people pick me to make a connection with,” he said. “With these performances, so many new people come along.

“Everything keeps building.”

He tugs at the heartstrings of Jewish youth in particular.

Arianne said a summer family trip to the Big Apple resulted in a mob of teenage girls spotting Edon and following them down the street.

“If that was me I would be standing there all day soaking it up,” she said. “But he wants to be regular. He’s very modest.”

When Edon steps onstage Tuesday for his grandest performance yet, his big sister will be on a plane bound for the Middle East for a “gap year” of study with other Jewish teens.

She said she would watch a recording of the show with Edon’s fans in Israel. Future classmates have already inquired whether she’s related to the young star.

“I think I’m going to be slightly famous because of him,” Arianne said.

Laurie said the brother-sister duo would like have jam sessions via Skype while Arianne is abroad.

“They’re really going to miss each other,” Laurie said.

Edon and the first wave of semi-finalists compete Tuesday. The remaining 12 contestants, including comedian Jacob Williams of Chicago, compete Sept. 4. - Chicago Sun-Times


"Clarity" - http://smarturl.it/edonclarityvideo
"Titanium" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExX-zQbgqgk
Americas Got Talent - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5x9_dpmlmE



Edon is a 15-year-old student and singer/songwriter. He has played piano since he was nine years old and has been singing even longer. After growing a fan base through his YouTube covers of Top 40 songs, Edon recently completed a successful run on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent”, where he reached the semi-final round out of thousands of auditioning contestants. Sharon Osbourne observed that Edon reminds her of a young Billy Joel. Edon has received favorable tweets from artists whose covers he’s performed, including Andy Grammer and Sara Bareilles, and was featured in a fan appreciation video created by The Plain White T’s. He has performed at the JUF General Assembly, and recently has completed concerts across the country. The Chicago Sun-Times has said that “the young crooner gains more fame and fans with each performance.” And the Chicago Tribune writes that Edon’s talent “as he sings and plays the piano often blows audiences away.”