Arts and Culture

“90210″ Actress Shannen Doherty Headed to Holy Land Despite Anti-Israel Protest September 2, 2012 3:34 am

“90210″ Actress Shannen Doherty Headed to Holy Land Despite Anti-Israel Protest

Actress Shannen Doherty is coming to Israel, as she revealed via Twitter yesterday. This is...

The Possession, Drawing on Jewish Sources, is Hollywood’s Kabbalistic Version of The Exorcist (VIDEO) August 30, 2012 1:26 am

The Possession, Drawing on Jewish Sources, is Hollywood’s Kabbalistic Version of The Exorcist (VIDEO)

By Atara Arbesfeld and Ezriel Gelbfish A Dybbuk is a mystical spirit that possesses the body...

Lenny Kravitz Cancels Concert in Israel August 22, 2012 10:19 am

Lenny Kravitz Cancels Concert in Israel

JPost – Lenny Kravitz has decided to cancel his performance in Israel due to prior commitments,...

Hitler’s Jewish Magician August 17, 2012 2:07 pm

Hitler’s Jewish Magician

The curtain opens on a frightening scene: Post-World War I Germany. Punishing reparations,...

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Highlighted on his 35th Yahrtzheit August 16, 2012 8:43 pm

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Highlighted on his 35th Yahrtzheit

On the 35th anniversary of his death Thursday, Tablet magazine highlighted something about...

Black Eyed Peas Star Lindo Visits Kotel in Jerusalem (PHOTO) August 14, 2012 8:47 am

Black Eyed Peas Star Lindo Visits Kotel in Jerusalem (PHOTO)

Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. of the Black Eyed Peas made a surprise visit to the Western Wall on...

Israeli Documentaries Reign Supreme at Traverse City Film Festival August 6, 2012 6:13 pm

Israeli Documentaries Reign Supreme at Traverse City Film Festival

Two Israeli films were announced winners at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival, held...

The ‘Cinematic Zionism’ of Mel Brooks August 3, 2012 1:17 pm

The ‘Cinematic Zionism’ of Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks shows no outright sense of shame or victimhood in his humorous films, but his...

Showtime Teases “Homeland” Season 2, Shot in Israel (VIDEO) August 3, 2012 7:20 am

Showtime Teases “Homeland” Season 2, Shot in Israel (VIDEO)

Cable TV network Showtime has posted several short clips on YouTube teasing season 2 of its...

Matisyahu’s Graphic Designer Strives to Capture His Evolving Spirit (INTERVIEW) August 1, 2012 2:39 pm

Matisyahu’s Graphic Designer Strives to Capture His Evolving Spirit (INTERVIEW)

Yossi Belkin is an accomplished graphic designer who was nominated last month for the prestigious...

Seeing Israel Through Film July 27, 2012 11:25 am

Seeing Israel Through Film

A majority of American Jews has never stepped foot in Israel, according to the 2012 survey...

CBS Debuts “3″, Adaptation of Israeli Dating Show (VIDEO) July 25, 2012 12:02 pm

CBS Debuts “3″, Adaptation of Israeli Dating Show (VIDEO)

Following the success of “Homeland”( 9 Emmy nominations), the American adaptation...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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