Arts and Culture

One Direction Band Leader Harry Styles Offers to Elope With Jewish Bride at Kosher Bakery (VIDEO) June 13, 2014 3:39 pm

One Direction Band Leader Harry Styles Offers to Elope With Jewish Bride at Kosher Bakery (VIDEO)

One Direction band leader Harry Styles, a gentile Jewish aficionado, appeared on a big screen...

Rolling Stones Tel Aviv Concert Again News, As Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Dumps Boyfriend After Dancing With Mick Jagger June 12, 2014 10:00 am

Rolling Stones Tel Aviv Concert Again News, As Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Dumps Boyfriend After Dancing With Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones’s first concert ever in Tel Aviv last week continued to make the news,...

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW) June 11, 2014 6:15 pm

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW)

Two well-known contemporary rabbis. Two prolific authors. Two personal journeys. One Rebbe. Rabbis...

Israeli Model Whispered Hebrew for Rolling Stones Tel Aviv Concert; Noa Tishby’s Instragam Photo Fuels Mick’s Tabloid Coverage June 9, 2014 10:41 pm

Israeli Model Whispered Hebrew for Rolling Stones Tel Aviv Concert; Noa Tishby’s Instragam Photo Fuels Mick’s Tabloid Coverage

The Rolling Stones first concert in Israel a week ago was still in the news on Monday, when...

Dudu Fisher Returns to New York in Throwback to Broadway Days (INTERVIEW) June 8, 2014 2:31 am

Dudu Fisher Returns to New York in Throwback to Broadway Days (INTERVIEW)

Israeli performer Dudu Fisher reminisced about his days on Broadway in an interview with The...

Rolling Stones Give Legendary Tel Aviv Performance Despite BDS Pressure (VIDEO) June 6, 2014 10:35 am

Rolling Stones Give Legendary Tel Aviv Performance Despite BDS Pressure (VIDEO)

JNS.org – The Rolling Stones performed their first concert in Israel on Wednesday night...

Anti-Israel Opera to Be Viewed Live by Hundreds of Thousands June 6, 2014 1:42 am

Anti-Israel Opera to Be Viewed Live by Hundreds of Thousands

JNS.org – The following is an open letter to the New York Metropolitan Opera general...

Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am Meets Start-Ups in Tel Aviv to Reinvest Beats Windfall June 3, 2014 12:38 pm

Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am Meets Start-Ups in Tel Aviv to Reinvest Beats Windfall

William Adams, known as Will.i.am, the rapper, singer, songwriter and producer from hip hop...

Explaining Why So Many Palestinians Are Still Refugees (REVIEW) May 29, 2014 12:49 am

Explaining Why So Many Palestinians Are Still Refugees (REVIEW)

With the recent breakdown of another iteration of attempts to “make forward progress”...

Exploring Leadership in the Wilderness (REVIEW) May 29, 2014 12:46 am

Exploring Leadership in the Wilderness (REVIEW)

The interdisciplinary field of leadership studies is booming. University lecture halls on...

Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Says Bob Dylan Was Behind Band’s Decision to Play in Israel May 27, 2014 1:16 pm

Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Says Bob Dylan Was Behind Band’s Decision to Play in Israel

After 52 years, the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” is tuning up for a fervently...

Avid Automobile Collector Jay Leno Talks Cars With Israeli Kid (VIDEO) May 25, 2014 11:39 pm

Avid Automobile Collector Jay Leno Talks Cars With Israeli Kid (VIDEO)

Former late night talk show host Jay Leno found the time to engage with a young Israeli boy...

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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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