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Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’ January 27, 2016 4:17 pm

Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular...

Hassidic Funk Band Zusha on a Mission to Transcend Labels January 14, 2016 2:27 pm

Hassidic Funk Band Zusha on a Mission to Transcend Labels

JNS.org – There’s no one label for the deep, spiritual, funky, fun and eclectic...

Israeli Rocker’s Christmas and New Year’s Tracks Go Viral (VIDEO) January 6, 2016 9:24 am

Israeli Rocker’s Christmas and New Year’s Tracks Go Viral (VIDEO)

An Israeli singer’s Christmas tune has gone viral on social media, prompting him to...

Israeli Musician Seeks Help on Facebook to Locate US-Jewish Stranger Who Gave Him Guitar, Changed His Life December 28, 2015 5:34 pm

Israeli Musician Seeks Help on Facebook to Locate US-Jewish Stranger Who Gave Him Guitar, Changed His Life

An Israeli musician is asking social media users to help him find the person who gave him...

Spanish Legend Enrique Iglesias Performing in Israel to Sold-Out Arena December 16, 2015 7:09 am

Spanish Legend Enrique Iglesias Performing in Israel to Sold-Out Arena

Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias arrived in Israel to perform on Wednesday, Israeli news...

Elton John Rumored to Be Performing in Israel Next Spring December 4, 2015 5:05 am

Elton John Rumored to Be Performing in Israel Next Spring

British pop icon Elton John may perform in Israel next spring, the Israeli news website nrg reported...

Adam Sandler Updates Famous ‘Chanukah Song,’ Includes Hulk Hogan, David Beckham and Scarlett Johansson in Latest Version November 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Adam Sandler Updates Famous ‘Chanukah Song,’ Includes Hulk Hogan, David Beckham and Scarlett Johansson in Latest Version

Actor Adam Sandler unveiled a new version of his famous “Chanukah Song” on Saturday,...

Famed Israeli Violinist Itzhak Perlman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom November 17, 2015 1:34 pm

Famed Israeli Violinist Itzhak Perlman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

JNS.org – Famed Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman will be among the 17 recipients of...

New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO) July 17, 2015 3:35 pm

New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

A new documentary explores the lives and work of Jewish and Arab rappers in Israel and how...

U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres July 9, 2015 9:30 am

U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres

JNS.org – A moving tribute awaited former Israeli president Shimon Peres on Wednesday...

Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father June 2, 2015 2:55 pm

Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father

A Jewish violinist played in Israel on Sunday the complete Brahms Violin Concerto in D major,...

Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO) May 21, 2015 2:45 pm

Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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