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Jewish Girl Band Haim Set for a Big Year in 2013 January 4, 2013 12:38 pm

Jewish Girl Band Haim Set for a Big Year in 2013

The big musical act of 2013 might just be a triumvirate of Jewish sisters from Los Angeles....

A PR Man’s Recommended Reading on Jews and Israel January 3, 2013 3:23 pm

A PR Man’s Recommended Reading on Jews and Israel

For “the people of the book”, here are some recently released Jewish and Israel related...

A Jewish Tone for the Sound of Music January 2, 2013 2:37 am

A Jewish Tone for the Sound of Music

Oscar Hammerstein II was raised by Scottish Presbyterians, and the only time he ever entered...

Jews Don’t Celebrate Christmas But They Have Written Much of the Christmas Music (VIDEO) December 24, 2012 5:45 pm

Jews Don’t Celebrate Christmas But They Have Written Much of the Christmas Music (VIDEO)

Besides the fact that Jesus was Jewish, Jews have a strong influence on the whole Christmas...

Rare Poster Collection Looted by Nazis Will Go to Auction in New York December 20, 2012 2:18 pm

Rare Poster Collection Looted by Nazis Will Go to Auction in New York

A collection of rare posters created by some of the world’s most renowned turn-of-the-century...

Shut Down by Hurricane Sandy, Folksbiene’s “The Golden Land” Will Return to the Stage December 18, 2012 4:48 pm

Shut Down by Hurricane Sandy, Folksbiene’s “The Golden Land” Will Return to the Stage

In addition to the devastation caused to New York’s infrastructure by Superstorm Sandy–whole...

Capturing a Council Member’s ‘Battle for Jerusalem’ December 14, 2012 1:57 am

Capturing a Council Member’s ‘Battle for Jerusalem’

JERUSALEM—Countless battles have been fought to capture her and claim her religious glory....

Jewish ‘Twilight Zone’ Writer’s Work Still Inspires December 13, 2012 5:20 pm

Jewish ‘Twilight Zone’ Writer’s Work Still Inspires

In the world of ideas and imagination, Rod Serling lives on. Known for his work on the television...

Mel Gibson the Maccabee? How an Irony-Filled Project Fell Apart December 12, 2012 1:37 am

Mel Gibson the Maccabee? How an Irony-Filled Project Fell Apart

For Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas—who had planned to collaborate on a recently shelved film...

Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO) December 11, 2012 2:08 pm

Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO)

Who knew Moses looked so much like Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Doggy Dogg)? In a...

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO) December 10, 2012 2:02 pm

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO)

Billboard, one of the oldest trade publications in the world, has been the litmus test for...

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO) December 9, 2012 6:01 pm

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

Celebrated Jewish rapper Matisyahu performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently ahead...

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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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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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