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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...

Matisyahu New Single “Sunshine” Available for Free Download (VIDEO) May 10, 2012 9:10 am

Matisyahu New Single “Sunshine” Available for Free Download (VIDEO)

Matisyahu has released his new single, “Sunshine”, and in the spirit of giving,...

Jewish Hip Hop Hits the Nation’s Capital May 4, 2012 9:00 pm

Jewish Hip Hop Hits the Nation’s Capital

Washington Post – Judaism and hip-hop. To some, the word association may seem odd or...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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