Arts and Culture

Jeremy Piven on Jonathan Ross Raps Haftorah, Offers to Circumcise Justin Bieber (VIDEO) January 6, 2013 2:08 pm

Jeremy Piven on Jonathan Ross Raps Haftorah, Offers to Circumcise Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

On the Jonathan Ross show Saturday Jeremy Piven, best known for his role as Ari Gold on the...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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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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