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August 18, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

An Orthodox rabbi in Boca Raton, Fla., is reaching out to young people in an unorthodox way--with rock 'n' roll. Mordechai Winyarz, 26, paid New York songwriter Lenny Solomon $30,000 to write songs with contemporary Jewish themes and hired young Jewish musicians to perform and record an album for $12,000. The album, "Jewish Pride," set for release Sept. 1, includes a rap song "Rappin' Jewish" written by Danny Furst. A sample of the lyrics:

La-die-doo, I'm a Jew 'cause I think it's cool

Yeah, I eat kosher meat 'cause I ain't no fool

Ask me anything you want to, but I will repeat

I say being Jewish makes me groove to the beat.

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