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When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth (REVIEW) January 29, 2014 6:31 pm

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth (REVIEW)

In an electrifying theatrical performance, ‘When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth‘...

A Polish Opera Director in the Judean Desert January 28, 2014 1:21 am

A Polish Opera Director in the Judean Desert

Pre-state Israel experienced its first opera premiere when the Russian-born conductor and...

With Light, Moshe Safdie Builds a Global Architectural Legacy January 22, 2014 12:18 am

With Light, Moshe Safdie Builds a Global Architectural Legacy

JNS.org - LOS ANGELES—“Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” on display...

Woody Allen Tribute at Golden Globes Sparks Controversy January 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Woody Allen Tribute at Golden Globes Sparks Controversy

JNS.org – Among this year’s Jewish winners at the 2014 Golden Globes, which...

Actress Meryl Streep Blasts Walt Disney as Anti-Semitic; ZOA Condemns Actress Emma Thompson January 9, 2014 2:48 pm

Actress Meryl Streep Blasts Walt Disney as Anti-Semitic; ZOA Condemns Actress Emma Thompson

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep blasted Walt Disney as an anti-Semitic misogynist in an unusually...

Authors Examine Education’s Impact on Jewish History (REVIEW) January 1, 2014 12:35 pm

Authors Examine Education’s Impact on Jewish History (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Why has education been so important to the Jewish people? Author Maristella...

Justin Timberlake to Perform in Tel Aviv in May December 31, 2013 10:08 am

Justin Timberlake to Perform in Tel Aviv in May

JNS.org - American pop star Justin Timberlake is set to perform on May 28 in Tel Aviv’s...

Arafat, Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (REVIEW) December 30, 2013 2:01 pm

Arafat, Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (REVIEW)

State of Failure: Arafat, Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State, by Jonathan Schanzer...

Mystical 3-D Jewish Art: An Interview With Dov Lederberg (INTERVIEW) December 27, 2013 4:40 pm

Mystical 3-D Jewish Art: An Interview With Dov Lederberg (INTERVIEW)

Dov Lederberg has been ahead of his time by roughly 30 years or so, as far as Chassidic artists...

Historian Says Bugs Bunny Might be Jewish December 24, 2013 5:56 pm

Historian Says Bugs Bunny Might be Jewish

A noted Jewish-British cinematic historian has claimed that the world’s most famous...

Major Jewish-Themed Films Reimagined in New Cinematic Concert December 24, 2013 1:37 am

Major Jewish-Themed Films Reimagined in New Cinematic Concert

JNS.org – Clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer’s new project takes listeners on...

Kippa, Tzitzit and Rock & Roll: The Unlikely Rise of the Gat Brothers December 24, 2013 12:21 am

Kippa, Tzitzit and Rock & Roll: The Unlikely Rise of the Gat Brothers

What was initially perceived by many Israeli television viewers as a gimmick has turned into...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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