The Portnoy Brothers

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The Portnoy Brothers
Portnoy Brothers - Day to Praise 2016.jpg
The Portnoy Brothers, May 2016
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Pop rock, folk rock, soul, R&B
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Members Sruli Portnoy
Mendy Portnoy

The Portnoy Brothers are a British-Israeli folk rock duo formed in 2012 by Manchester-born siblings Sruli (born 1990; vocals, guitar) and Mendy Portnoy (born 1992; keyboards). Their debut album, Learn to Love, was released independently on September 23, 2016.


Sruli and Mendy Portnoy were born in Manchester, England, later moving to Israel as adults. Their father was an orchestra conductor-turned-rabbi.[1] They played music separately from a young age and began playing together at around 14 years old.[1]

They debuted as the Portnoy Brothers in 2012 with the single "Kol Ha'olam".[2] They gave a series of concerts in Sderot and other Southern District communities during Operation Pillar of Defense and dedicated proceeds from a show at Mike's Place the following Chanukkah to children harmed by the attacks.[3]

In 2014, they appeared at the biannual Moshav Country Fair at Mevo Modi'im, alongside Hamakor, Yehuda Leuchter, and Ben Zion Solomon and Sons.[4] They also played at a Chabad menorah lighting at Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem.[5]

The Portnoys began recording their debut album, Learn to Love, in 2013 with bassist and engineer Alon Hillel.[1] The album was co-funded by fans via an Indiegogo campaign, which raised £9,315 GBP.[6] A music video for the album's titular lead single was released in 2014. The video attracted minor controversy due to its shot of an Arab couple, among others, signing the song's title, which was seen as insensitive in light of the then-recent Har Nof attack.[1] In January 2016, they released a video for the album's closing track, "Timebound", as a tribute to David Bowie shortly after his death. In May 2016, they appeared at the Day to Praise Israel Independence Day event.[7] The album was released on September 23, 2016.

The Portnoy Brothers at the annual Day to Praise Israel Independence Day event, 12 May 2016

Musical style[edit]

The Portnoy Brothers have cited The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Simon & Garfunkel as musical influences.[1]


  • Learn to Love (2016)
Singles and music videos
  • "Kol Ha'olam" (ft. Gilad B) (2012)
  • "Boi Veshalom" (Yaakov Shwekey cover) (2013)
  • "Dror Yikra" (Yonatan Razel cover) (2014)
  • "Learn to Love" (2014)
  • "Memories" (2015)
  • "Tomorrow's Yesterday" (2015)
  • "Stars Aglow"/"Timebound" (2016)


  1. ^ a b c d e Ariel Hendelman (Sep 15, 2015). "Sibling synchronicity". The Jerusalem Post.
  2. ^ Yossi Zweig (May 18, 2012). "The Portnoy Brothers – Kol Haolam". The Jewish Insights.
  3. ^ "Portnoy Brothers Chanukah Show in Jerusalem". Arutz Sheva. Dec 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Ben Bresky (Apr 14, 2014). "From the Shadow of the Shoah to the Carlebach Moshav". Arutz Sheva.
  5. ^ Hillel Fendel (Dec 31, 2014). "Mamilla Mall: Chanukah is Finally Over". Arutz Sheva.
  6. ^ "Funding The Portnoy Brothers Debut Album". Indiegogo. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  7. ^ Day to Praise 2016 - Shema Yisrael - The Portnoy Brothers on YouTube

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