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Rick Ross Gives Himself “A Black Bar Mitzvah” on New Mixtape October 4, 2012 2:50 pm

Rick Ross Gives Himself “A Black Bar Mitzvah” on New Mixtape

One of hip-hop’s biggest names is giving himself his very own bar mitzvah. Rick Ross,...

Songs of ‘Ahava’ September 19, 2012 2:00 am

Songs of ‘Ahava’

Growing up in a family whose members supported him and each other even as some went their...

Red Hot Chili Peppers Spice up the Holy Land with Searing Performance September 12, 2012 1:16 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers Spice up the Holy Land with Searing Performance

After a delay of exactly 11 years and two weeks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally performed...

Red Hot Chili Peppers Visit Jerusalem Ahead of Israeli Concert (PHOTOS) September 10, 2012 11:14 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers Visit Jerusalem Ahead of Israeli Concert (PHOTOS)

Ahead of their Monday night performance in Tel Aviv, the Red Hot Chili peppers stopped for...

LMFAO’S Redfoo to Perform in Tel Aviv (VIDEO) September 6, 2012 7:20 am

LMFAO’S Redfoo to Perform in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

Redfoo of the recording duo LMFAO is heading to Israel in October for a concert in Tel Aviv. The...

Lenny Kravitz Cancels Concert in Israel August 22, 2012 10:19 am

Lenny Kravitz Cancels Concert in Israel

JPost – Lenny Kravitz has decided to cancel his performance in Israel due to prior commitments,...

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Highlighted on his 35th Yahrtzheit August 16, 2012 8:43 pm

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Highlighted on his 35th Yahrtzheit

On the 35th anniversary of his death Thursday, Tablet magazine highlighted something about...

Black Eyed Peas Star Lindo Visits Kotel in Jerusalem (PHOTO) August 14, 2012 8:47 am

Black Eyed Peas Star Lindo Visits Kotel in Jerusalem (PHOTO)

Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. of the Black Eyed Peas made a surprise visit to the Western Wall on...

With No Razor, Matisyahu Turned to Supercuts July 16, 2012 1:13 pm

With No Razor, Matisyahu Turned to Supercuts

Musical star Matisyahu ended his hassidic days in an Upper West Side Supercuts chain-store,...

Turkish and Israeli Rappers Join Forces July 11, 2012 3:44 pm

Turkish and Israeli Rappers Join Forces

In an effort to promote peace in the Middle East through his music, SHI 360, an Israeli-Jewish...

Guns N’ Roses Performs Israeli National Anthem at Tel Aviv Concert (VIDEO) July 4, 2012 9:51 am

Guns N’ Roses Performs Israeli National Anthem at Tel Aviv Concert (VIDEO)

Guns N’ Roses did not disappoint during their concert in Tel Aviv this week, with lead...

Guns N’ Roses Arrives in Israel for Summer Rock 2012 July 2, 2012 2:23 pm

Guns N’ Roses Arrives in Israel for Summer Rock 2012

Nineteen years after his last performance in the Holy Land, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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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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