Berger standing at a mic, holding up a guitar
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Israeli rockers to check out — and see in Palo Alto

Judging from recent viewership trends, we can safely guess that more than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

But for those who aren’t excited about football, there are other options. If you happen to be in New York City, one recommendation is to check out “Women That Rock,” a concert by three Israeli rockers at City Winery.

And the good news for Bay Area residents: Two of the artists — Dana Berger and Tamar Eisenman — are coming to Palo Alto on Tuesday, Feb. 7 for a concert in Hebrew at the Oshman Family JCC.

Here’s a primer on the two, plus Yula Be’eri, who will be performing with them in New York. (And if you’re not watching football on Super Bowl Sunday or can’t make it to the Palo Alto concert, you can always check out their music in the videos below).

Dana Berger

For fans of Alanis Morissette and Sade

Dana Berger was one of Israel’s biggest pop of the late ’90s and early 2000s. She first rose to fame in the early ’90s, acting on the popular teen drama show “Inyan Shel Zman” (“A Matter of Time”). Since then, she has released several albums of soft pop rock, including “Ad Ha’Katze” (“To the Edge”), which sold over 80,000 records in Israel in 2000. She also wrote the theme song for the show “Hatufim” — a popular series that was remade as “Homeland” in the U.S. — and participated in the Israeli version of the reality show “Survivor.”

Tamar Eisenman

For fans of Feist and St. Vincent

After getting her start in the late 2000s in the house band of an Israeli comedy TV show hosted by popular personality Lior Schleien, Eisenman has become one of the biggest indie rock names in Israel. She has released five albums (all in English), including the breakthrough “Gymnasium” in 2009, which blends funk, blues, folk and modern rock. In 2010, she opened for Jeff Beck when the guitar legend performed in Israel.

Yula Be’eri

For fans of Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson

Though Be’eri is not performing in Palo Alto, she will be in the “Women That Rock” concert in New York. As a musician, Be’eri has played and sung in a variety of bands and collectives, including the Mediterranean-influenced rock group Nanuchka and a hardcore punk band called Star F—ing Hipsters.

Dana Berger and Tali Eisenman in concert, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $45-55.

Gabe Friedman
Gabe Friedman

Gabe Friedman is deputy managing editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.