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State Department’s Musical Diplomacy Reaches Israel and the Middle East October 31, 2012 6:03 pm

State Department’s Musical Diplomacy Reaches Israel and the Middle East

The US Department of State and the Association of American Voices is facilitating a unique...

Rihanna Sports New Hebrew Accessory October 15, 2012 5:31 pm

Rihanna Sports New Hebrew Accessory

Rihanna has found love. Well, not really— at least not that we know of. But the pop superstar...

Jewish Rapper Shyne Upset With President Obama October 12, 2012 10:28 am

Jewish Rapper Shyne Upset With President Obama

The Jewish rapper Shyne isn’t happy with President Obama, because he believes the president...

Jewish Rapper Shyne Slams Judaism Latecomers Rick Ross and Drake (AUDIO) October 10, 2012 12:54 pm

Jewish Rapper Shyne Slams Judaism Latecomers Rick Ross and Drake (AUDIO)

The rapper Shyne, who enjoyed a successful hip-hop career in the early aughts before it was...

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...

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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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