Arts and Culture

Iraqi Jewish Archive Goes on Display in Washington November 11, 2013 6:33 pm

Iraqi Jewish Archive Goes on Display in Washington

JNS.org – The U.S. National Archives is now displaying 24 out of 2,700 Jewish books...

Musicians Continue Performing in Israel Despite BDS Movement November 7, 2013 4:12 pm

Musicians Continue Performing in Israel Despite BDS Movement

JNS.org - Numerous popular singers are planning to stop in Tel Aviv during their tours in...

Instagram Photographers Snap Pictures of Israel November 1, 2013 10:13 am

Instagram Photographers Snap Pictures of Israel

A group of popular Instagram photographers hailing from Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria,...

Jewish Actress Lisa Kudrow Talks Anti-Semitism, Her Son’s Bar Mitzvah in Revealing Interview October 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Jewish Actress Lisa Kudrow Talks Anti-Semitism, Her Son’s Bar Mitzvah in Revealing Interview

Jewish actress Lisa Kudrow opened up about her past experiences with anti-Semitism in a recent...

Extinguishing the Fires of Anti-Israel Agitation (REVIEW) October 30, 2013 9:12 am

Extinguishing the Fires of Anti-Israel Agitation (REVIEW)

“Financing the Flames” is very troubling, but then that’s nothing new for an...

Pop Culture, The White House, and American Jews (REVIEW) October 22, 2013 9:51 am

Pop Culture, The White House, and American Jews (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Yehuda Avner’s 2010 book “The Prime Ministers” reveals a tradition...

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli: Israel Left a Very Powerful Impression on Me October 20, 2013 11:46 am

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli: Israel Left a Very Powerful Impression on Me

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, the best-selling classical musician of all time, said, writing...

World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor Finally Gets Her Close-Up (VIDEO) October 18, 2013 4:32 pm

World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor Finally Gets Her Close-Up (VIDEO)

At 109 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer can make multiple claims: she is the world’s oldest...

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces October 18, 2013 8:53 am

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

Medieval and Renaissance artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family, and close followers...

Report: ‘Troubling Reactions’ From Jewish, Christian Audiences to Test Screenings for Hollywood’s Take on Noah’s Ark October 16, 2013 12:09 pm

Report: ‘Troubling Reactions’ From Jewish, Christian Audiences to Test Screenings for Hollywood’s Take on Noah’s Ark

Hollywood is finally taking on the full tale of Noah’s ark, but the film, directed by...

Mikey Pauker’s New Album: ‘Extraordinary Love’ (INTERVIEW) October 15, 2013 10:01 am

Mikey Pauker’s New Album: ‘Extraordinary Love’ (INTERVIEW)

Folk. Electronica. Reggae. Hip-Hop. Yoga. And God. For Mikey Pauker, it was only natural...

New Jewish Holiday Toy: ‘Mensch on a Bench’ October 14, 2013 9:26 am

New Jewish Holiday Toy: ‘Mensch on a Bench’

JNS.org – When his son asked for The Elf on the Shelf—the famed Christmas toy that...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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