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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 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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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that is a cause of great concern to him: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds him captive. Tony, who is [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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