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Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO) December 11, 2012 2:08 pm

Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO)

Who knew Moses looked so much like Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Doggy Dogg)? In a...

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO) December 10, 2012 2:02 pm

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO)

Billboard, one of the oldest trade publications in the world, has been the litmus test for...

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO) December 9, 2012 6:01 pm

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

Celebrated Jewish rapper Matisyahu performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently ahead...

Israeli Rockers Dan Toren and Dana Berger Touring the US for Chanukah December 9, 2012 1:41 am

Israeli Rockers Dan Toren and Dana Berger Touring the US for Chanukah

While most Israeli artists are busy with local Hanukkah events back in the holy land as...

The Israeli Music Scene’s Rising ‘Shtar’ December 6, 2012 10:54 am

The Israeli Music Scene’s Rising ‘Shtar’

JERUSALEM—When the men of Shtar walked into a Tel Aviv bar on Halloween to perform, the...

Apple’s iTunes Comes to Israel, at Last December 5, 2012 7:23 pm

Apple’s iTunes Comes to Israel, at Last

Music lovers in Israel will finally be able to download their favorite melodies through Apple’s...

Jaffa Road: Where the Light Gets In (INTERVIEW) December 3, 2012 7:00 pm

Jaffa Road: Where the Light Gets In (INTERVIEW)

Music lovers better pack their bags because they’re in for a sonic world tour when global...

Matisyahu Releases New Song for Hanukkah, Proceeds to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts (VIDEO) November 29, 2012 3:12 pm

Matisyahu Releases New Song for Hanukkah, Proceeds to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts (VIDEO)

Matisyahu’s New Colors. Source: 100xr.com Matisyahu, the acclaimed Jewish rapper...

Renowned Israeli Composer Noam Sheriff Carries Jewish History on His Shoulders November 18, 2012 2:27 am

Renowned Israeli Composer Noam Sheriff Carries Jewish History on His Shoulders

NEW YORK—Noam Sheriff, conductor of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and 2011 winner of the...

Teen Star Demi Lovato Claims Jewish Roots November 12, 2012 4:41 pm

Teen Star Demi Lovato Claims Jewish Roots

Actress-singer/tortured child star/current X Factor host Demi Lovato made a big announcement...

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Singer David Broza Begins US, Canada Tour (INTERVIEW) November 7, 2012 5:28 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Singer David Broza Begins US, Canada Tour (INTERVIEW)

Multi-platinum Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza embarked on a mini North American tour...

World Famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli Tells UK Paper of His Love for Israel November 7, 2012 1:32 pm

World Famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli Tells UK Paper of His Love for Israel

In an interview with the UK’s Telegraph Travel section famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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