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‘Pastry Secrets’ Arrive Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah September 10, 2015 1:54 pm

‘Pastry Secrets’ Arrive Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah

JNS.org – Babka. Strudel. Stollen. Danish pastry. Not to mention Gugelhopf and Charlotte....

Fusing Israeli and Holocaust History, Novel Offers a ‘Middle Eastern Western’ September 8, 2015 10:12 am

Fusing Israeli and Holocaust History, Novel Offers a ‘Middle Eastern Western’

JNS.org – There is a game that all of us have played at some time in our lives. We...

Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted August 27, 2015 6:19 am

Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews...

Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO) August 26, 2015 12:25 pm

Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy...

Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage August 25, 2015 1:33 pm

Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian...

A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW) August 20, 2015 2:11 pm

A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of...

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games August 13, 2015 10:14 am

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

JNS.org – What do basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers, and gymnast Mitch...

New Film on Sabena Hijacking Has Three Israeli Prime Ministers Reminiscing About Rescue Mission August 13, 2015 9:59 am

New Film on Sabena Hijacking Has Three Israeli Prime Ministers Reminiscing About Rescue Mission

It wasn’t a sight you see every day. Sitting in the plush red seats of a Jerusalem movie...

New Short Film to Explore Historical ‘Burden’ Shared by 3rd-Generation Holocaust Survivors August 12, 2015 6:09 pm

New Short Film to Explore Historical ‘Burden’ Shared by 3rd-Generation Holocaust Survivors

A new short film set to start production this month in New York City will present the perspective...

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act August 10, 2015 12:50 pm

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act

JNS.org – “Both Jews and Muslims have a lot in common. What are we fighting over?...

Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO) July 28, 2015 3:06 pm

Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO)

Famed actor Seth Rogen on Tuesday unveiled with typical comic fanfare the trailer for his...

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies July 24, 2015 11:20 am

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

A June 2015 art exhibit, “The Transformative Power of Art,” at the United Nations...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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