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First female religious DJ makes her mark

Netanela, 29, is a professional DJ who does things a little differently with separate performance for men, women and no profanity allowed she notes: God is her DJ

Akiva Novik
Published: 08.21.12, 15:23 / Israel Jewish Scene

She does a soundcheck while checking that the partition between the men and women is in place and rocks the crowd to the sounds of the latest Hasidic hits. Introducing DJ Netanela, probably the first ever religious female DJ in Israel.


"My family didn't really love the idea," Netanela, 29, from Givat Shmuel admits adding "and the religious public didn't really know how to take it, but I believe that my purpose is to make people happy – and God graced me with this talent."

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While she mainly performs before women Netanela told the 'Kipa' website "I do also perform before men and women, but with a partition."


When she's invited to perform she first finds out what the nature of the event. "I received many offers to perform at secular events, but even though they offered me a great deal of money, I refused," she noted.


"(Clients) who really want me compromise and place partitions. Sometimes my secular relatives who invite me to a family event say they've never seen a show like mine – even in secular circles where you can find everything."


Every few days she goes into the DJ booth, installs her equipment, puts on her earphones and does her thing. "I play everything," she declares but immediately qualifies: "if the words are immodest I censure them. I play what the customer wants me to – Hebrew, Hasidic, trance and dance music."


Netanela performs at weddings, parties, national religious music festivals and even a massive event for 30,000 Hasidic men in the US.


"God is my business partner and we DJ together."




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