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U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres July 9, 2015 9:30 am

U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres

JNS.org – A moving tribute awaited former Israeli president Shimon Peres on Wednesday...

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW) July 1, 2015 10:04 am

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals,...

Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89 June 28, 2015 11:31 am

Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary...

Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO) June 19, 2015 12:04 pm

Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO)

Russian-American Jews feature prominently among the most successful ballroom dancing competitors...

Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO) June 17, 2015 2:49 pm

Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed...

Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel June 11, 2015 9:24 pm

Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

JNS.org – The American rock band Bon Jovi signed a contract in Germany that officially...

Larry David Says Antisemites Cost Him Tony Nod for ‘Fish in the Dark’ (VIDEO) June 8, 2015 1:39 pm

Larry David Says Antisemites Cost Him Tony Nod for ‘Fish in the Dark’ (VIDEO)

Comic Larry David rancorously struck back at the Tony Awards judges on Sunday night from the...

Upcoming Documentary to Chronicle How Young Bronx Girl Got to Play Holocaust Survivor’s Violin (VIDEO) June 7, 2015 1:27 pm

Upcoming Documentary to Chronicle How Young Bronx Girl Got to Play Holocaust Survivor’s Violin (VIDEO)

A new upcoming documentary, titled Joe’s Violin, will detail how an instrument bought...

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement June 7, 2015 12:59 pm

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement

An explosive documentary burst onto Israeli screens Wednesday evening, grabbing viewers...

Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath June 7, 2015 9:43 am

Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath

JNS.org – Dan Stone’s “The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and...

Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father June 2, 2015 2:55 pm

Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father

A Jewish violinist played in Israel on Sunday the complete Brahms Violin Concerto in D major,...

Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO) May 21, 2015 2:45 pm

Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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