Ezra Furman, Critically Acclaimed Jewish Indie Singer, to Perform in Israel

Furman, who keeps Shabbat and performs in makeup, jewelry and dresses, will perform in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as part of his international tour.

Ezra Furman.
Phil Sharp

Ezra Furman, an up-and-coming American indie performer, will perform at Tel Aviv's Barby club on June 21 and at Jerusalem's Hamazkeka club on June 22.

The two concerts are part of Furman's international tour that will include the Glastonbury Festival in England, and other rock festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Furman, 29, was raised in Chicago. His father worked in stocks and his mother in financial reports. He began his musical journey a decade ago and he led several bands influenced by soul, punk and punk-rock. Furman released three albums with the band "Ezra Furman and the Harpoons" and released another three albums as a solo artist, the last of which, "Perpetual Motion People," was released in 2015 and earned praise from critics.

Furman keeps Shabbat and is known to quote rabbis and thoughts on Judaism. In an interview with the Guardian he said, "This has been the big conflict of being a musician: both my musical and spiritual life are dependent on Friday nights. My mother converted to Judaism from Catholicism, and her parents told her: ‘If you’re going to be a Jew, be a good Jew.’ So they didn’t want us to half-ass it either and I’m the one who’s most kept it up."

The singer is known to perform at his rock concerts in dresses, tights, pearl necklaces, makeup, sneakers and a kippa. Furman doesn't call himself gay or straight, but says his gender is fluid, like a queer outsider.

His songs touch on various subjects including questions of identity through mental illness and self-destruction, gender, religion, politics and society.