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‘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...

New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO) July 17, 2015 3:35 pm

New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

A new documentary explores the lives and work of Jewish and Arab rappers in Israel and how...

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest July 13, 2015 5:03 pm

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest

Israeli actress Gal Gadot reminisced about her childhood in Israel during an interview published...

From Haifa to Houston: Israeli Ballet Dancer Makes Unlikely Dream Come True July 9, 2015 12:59 pm

From Haifa to Houston: Israeli Ballet Dancer Makes Unlikely Dream Come True

JNS.org – When Shahar Dori left his Haifa home at age 17 and made a 6,500-mile trip...

U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres July 9, 2015 9:30 am

U2 Frontman Bono Dedicates Song to Former Israeli President Peres

JNS.org – A moving tribute awaited former Israeli president Shimon Peres on Wednesday...

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW) July 1, 2015 10:04 am

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals,...

Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89 June 28, 2015 11:31 am

Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary...

Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO) June 19, 2015 12:04 pm

Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO)

Russian-American Jews feature prominently among the most successful ballroom dancing competitors...

Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO) June 17, 2015 2:49 pm

Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed...

Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel June 11, 2015 9:24 pm

Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

JNS.org – The American rock band Bon Jovi signed a contract in Germany that officially...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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