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New Film Chronicles Jews Who Survived Nazis for 511 Days Underground (VIDEO) April 11, 2013 5:43 pm

New Film Chronicles Jews Who Survived Nazis for 511 Days Underground (VIDEO)

A new film that chronicles the longest continuous underground survival in recorded human history...

Kirk Douglas, Jewish ‘Ragman’s Son’ Turned Movie Star, Still Earning Accolades at 96 April 9, 2013 1:12 am

Kirk Douglas, Jewish ‘Ragman’s Son’ Turned Movie Star, Still Earning Accolades at 96

Film historian Bob Birchard describes an anti-Jewish prejudice in American culture that existed...

Israeli Music is Vital March 31, 2013 1:29 am

Israeli Music is Vital

The recent announcement that Aly Raisman will be competing in the Maccabiah this summer, brought...

Winner of Israel’s Top Literary Prize Masters the ‘Craft of Asking Questions’ March 25, 2013 10:35 am

Winner of Israel’s Top Literary Prize Masters the ‘Craft of Asking Questions’

Beyond his use of Latin, Shimon Adaf is a Renaissance man when it comes to the arts, expressing...

The 2013 Council of American Jewish Museums Conference March 18, 2013 1:37 am

The 2013 Council of American Jewish Museums Conference

Last week in lower Manhattan, the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) hosted their annual...

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow: “I Am the Original Jewish Mother” March 17, 2013 3:18 pm

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow: “I Am the Original Jewish Mother”

Actress and mother-of-two Gwyneth Paltrow has declared herself to be “the original Jewish...

Book Review: From The Company of Shadows March 8, 2013 6:19 am

Book Review: From The Company of Shadows

Members of CAIR at an annual dinner in Houston. From The Company of Shadows by author...

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art March 7, 2013 1:18 am

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

The New York Times recently reviewed an impressive new exhibit at the Frick Collection in...

Jewish Gymnast and Gold Medalist Aly Raisman Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ March 1, 2013 3:46 pm

Jewish Gymnast and Gold Medalist Aly Raisman Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Aly Raisman, the teenage U.S. gymnast and winner of three medals at the 2012 summer Olympic...

Italian President Receives Yaacov Agam Menorah February 28, 2013 1:48 pm

Italian President Receives Yaacov Agam Menorah

The anti-Defamation League recently honored Italian President George Napolitano with its highest...

New Egyptian Film Explores Fate of the Country’s Jews (VIDEO) February 27, 2013 2:17 pm

New Egyptian Film Explores Fate of the Country’s Jews (VIDEO)

An exclusive preview for a new film titled “The Jews of Egypt,” about the fate...

Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode Urged to Cancel Concerts in Israel February 22, 2013 1:00 pm

Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode Urged to Cancel Concerts in Israel

Only days after confirming that she will play a concert in Israel, calls for Alicia Keys to...

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    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 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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