Arts and Culture

Theater Company to Stage Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Unprecedented Yiddish Performance (VIDEO) July 30, 2013 4:55 pm

Theater Company to Stage Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Unprecedented Yiddish Performance (VIDEO)

The Yiddish theater once enjoyed packed houses in New York City’s Lower East Side, and...

‘Homeland’ Writer’s Work Shaped by Jewish Heritage, IDF Service July 26, 2013 6:23 am

‘Homeland’ Writer’s Work Shaped by Jewish Heritage, IDF Service

JNS.org – Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That...

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict July 24, 2013 9:21 am

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict

Israel has a fresh and vital comedy scene, with a host of “stand-up-istim” (yes, that’s...

War Correspondent’s Death Changed Course for Oscar-Winning Jewish Producer Simon Chinn July 21, 2013 7:15 am

War Correspondent’s Death Changed Course for Oscar-Winning Jewish Producer Simon Chinn

JNS.0rg - The career of British-Jewish film producer Simon Chinn, who has received two...

International Trance DJ Hardwell to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Pressure, Petitions (VIDEO) July 18, 2013 12:23 pm

International Trance DJ Hardwell to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Pressure, Petitions (VIDEO)

International trance DJ Hardwell will perform in Tel Aviv on December 19th, despite pressure...

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France July 16, 2013 7:58 am

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France

JNS.org – Originally published by www.Jewish.Travel, the new online travel magazine. The...

Art Exhibit in Brooklyn Examines Hasidic Dress and Culture July 12, 2013 8:37 am

Art Exhibit in Brooklyn Examines Hasidic Dress and Culture

There are two ways people typically explore Hasidic subjects through art. It is either a...

Amy Winehouse Was Proud to be Jewish July 11, 2013 1:34 am

Amy Winehouse Was Proud to be Jewish

I was a bit puzzled as I read Anshel Pfeffer’s article in Haaretz about the Jewish Museum’s...

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life July 10, 2013 11:01 am

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life

JNS.org - Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he...

Iran Nuclear Weapons Destroy Israel in Novel That Brings Fear to Life (REVIEW) July 4, 2013 9:09 am

Iran Nuclear Weapons Destroy Israel in Novel That Brings Fear to Life (REVIEW)

“You and your crew of 34, Daniel. You are the last Israelis. You are all that is left. But...

‘Jew York’ Art Exhibition Spotlights Jewish Artists July 3, 2013 3:31 pm

‘Jew York’ Art Exhibition Spotlights Jewish Artists

Encapsulating New York Jewry in one art gallery seems like a very challenging task. That is...

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 10 1973-2005 (REVIEW) June 26, 2013 11:04 am

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 10 1973-2005 (REVIEW)

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 10 1973-2005, edited by Deborah...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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