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Exclusive Interview: Rita Farouz, Israeli Icon With Iranian Roots June 7, 2012 4:45 pm

Exclusive Interview: Rita Farouz, Israeli Icon With Iranian Roots

With her musical career spanning three decades, Rita has managed to become the...

Mount Masada to Host “Carmen” Opera for Extraordinary Performances June 7, 2012 2:46 pm

Mount Masada to Host “Carmen” Opera for Extraordinary Performances

What do French opera composer Georges Bizet, Masada and a Spanish village have in common?...

Matisyahu’s Public Transformation: What The World Doesn’t Understand June 5, 2012 4:02 pm

Matisyahu’s Public Transformation: What The World Doesn’t Understand

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. And while it made headlines in the mainstream...

Holocaust Survivors’ Objections Silence Tel Aviv Wagner Concert June 5, 2012 6:30 am

Holocaust Survivors’ Objections Silence Tel Aviv Wagner Concert

Tel Aviv University on Monday denied a request to hold a concert of works by the 19th-century...

Madonna Wraps Herself in Israeli Flag as MDNA Tour Kicks Off June 1, 2012 7:00 am

Madonna Wraps Herself in Israeli Flag as MDNA Tour Kicks Off

Billboard – Pop music star Madonna treated tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in...

Avicii Rocks Tel Aviv, Same Night as Madonna Kicks Off MDNA in Israel June 1, 2012 5:30 am

Avicii Rocks Tel Aviv, Same Night as Madonna Kicks Off MDNA in Israel

Madonna wasn’t the only international music star in Tel Aviv on Thursday night.  Avicii,...

Madonna’s Tour Approaches Tel Aviv Kickoff, Dancer Tweets From “Palestine” May 29, 2012 3:07 pm

Madonna’s Tour Approaches Tel Aviv Kickoff, Dancer Tweets From “Palestine”

Singer Madonna will host the opening show of her latest concert tour, “MDNA,” in Tel Aviv...

Conan O’Brien Headed to Israel for Madonna’s MDNA Kickoff May 25, 2012 9:19 am

Conan O’Brien Headed to Israel for Madonna’s MDNA Kickoff

Conan O’Brien is heading to Israel next week to cover the opening show for Madonna’s...

A Lifetime of Jewish Music on Display at Lincoln Center May 23, 2012 10:18 am

A Lifetime of Jewish Music on Display at Lincoln Center

Matthew “Mati” Lazar has been dedicated to the creation of Jewish music for most of his...

Israel’s Izabo Competes for Glory at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (VIDEO) May 18, 2012 11:58 am

Israel’s Izabo Competes for Glory at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (VIDEO)

As one of the largest musical contests in the world – Eurovision Song Contest 2012 –...

Drake and Jones, Hollywood’s New Jewish Power Couple? May 11, 2012 9:37 am

Drake and Jones, Hollywood’s New Jewish Power Couple?

Drake, who made no secret of his love for Judaism in a recent hip-hop video, is rumored to...

Barbara Streisand Will Return to Brooklyn for Historic Performance (VIDEO) May 10, 2012 10:53 am

Barbara Streisand Will Return to Brooklyn for Historic Performance (VIDEO)

NY Times – They may not be the luckiest people in the world, but Brooklyn people who...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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