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Monday, August 24, 2009

For Those About to Rock, We Salute Jews

An Australian rock singer learned last week that he is Jewish, and promptly announced it at a concert.

Jimmy Barnes, the Scottish-born singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Australian record industry’s hall of fame in 2005, told more than 1,500 people during a special appearance at a cantorial concert at Central Synagogue in Bondi on Thursday night that he had called his mother hours earlier to ask her why she gave him a Star of David when he was 18.

Barnes said his mother told him: “My mother gave it to me and her mother had given to her so I thought I would give it to you.”

He asked his mom if her grandmother was Jewish, to which she replied that her name was Esther and she was, in fact, a Jew. [Link]

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