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Jo Amar, a Moroccan-born Jewish singer whose melding of Andalusian and Israeli musical influences made him a star in Israel and a popular performer in Jewish communities around the world, died on June 29 at the home of his son Ouri in Woodmere, N.Y. He was 79 and lived in Jerusalem.

Even if you have never heard of him, or didn’t like his music if you had, Jo Amar lived the full arc of the modern Israeli story, from his youth in Morocco, to musical fame based in the integration of multiple cultures, and all of his kids ending up in the United States. It’s a powerful story with lot’s of good that we have lost, like the cultural fluidity which defined his music, and many real challenges presented including how the dream of life in Israel became unsustainable for his entire family within a single generation.

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