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Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik Blasts Anti-Zionist Critics on Facebook December 8, 2015 3:15 pm

Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik Blasts Anti-Zionist Critics on Facebook

Jewish actress Mayim Bialik took to Facebook on Tuesday to condemn those boycotting her on...

Elton John Rumored to Be Performing in Israel Next Spring December 4, 2015 5:05 am

Elton John Rumored to Be Performing in Israel Next Spring

British pop icon Elton John may perform in Israel next spring, the Israeli news website nrg reported...

Opening Act for Seinfeld Says ‘Jerry Loves Israel’ December 4, 2015 4:15 am

Opening Act for Seinfeld Says ‘Jerry Loves Israel’

JNS.org – In an episode from Jerry Seinfeld’s latest creation, a Web series called...

Playwrite Iddo Netanyahu: ‘Hitler Always Talked About Peace’ (INTERVIEW) November 27, 2015 5:26 am

Playwrite Iddo Netanyahu: ‘Hitler Always Talked About Peace’ (INTERVIEW)

Late Friday night, on November 13, I was headed for bed when an ominous news bulletin flashed...

BDS Gives Belgian-Jewish Actress New Lease on Life in Tel Aviv November 26, 2015 8:59 am

BDS Gives Belgian-Jewish Actress New Lease on Life in Tel Aviv

In an interview with the Israeli site nrg on Wednesday, Belgian-Jewish stage actress Noemi...

In the Middle East, ‘The Tail Wags the Dog’ (REVIEW) November 22, 2015 7:28 am

In the Middle East, ‘The Tail Wags the Dog’ (REVIEW)

Blaming the West has become the most pervasive method of teaching for many Middle East studies...

Adam Sandler Updates Famous ‘Chanukah Song,’ Includes Hulk Hogan, David Beckham and Scarlett Johansson in Latest Version November 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Adam Sandler Updates Famous ‘Chanukah Song,’ Includes Hulk Hogan, David Beckham and Scarlett Johansson in Latest Version

Actor Adam Sandler unveiled a new version of his famous “Chanukah Song” on Saturday,...

Famed Israeli Violinist Itzhak Perlman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom November 17, 2015 1:34 pm

Famed Israeli Violinist Itzhak Perlman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

JNS.org – Famed Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman will be among the 17 recipients of...

Has Shia LaBeouf Reached the End of the Line? November 15, 2015 4:12 am

Has Shia LaBeouf Reached the End of the Line?

Was Shia LaBeouf’s performance art piece at Manhattan’s Angelica Film Center (where...

Jewish Artists From New York Release New Rap Album in English, Hebrew, Aramaic November 13, 2015 6:38 am

Jewish Artists From New York Release New Rap Album in English, Hebrew, Aramaic

Eden Pearlstein freely admits that he has an addiction. But his brings people up instead...

How to Win a Debate With an Israel-Hater (REVIEW) November 11, 2015 7:28 am

How to Win a Debate With an Israel-Hater (REVIEW)

Despite Michael Harris’ substantial previous work as a pro-Israel advocate — including...

Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi Tackles the Roots of Islamist Terror in New Book (INTERVIEW) October 25, 2015 6:40 am

Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi Tackles the Roots of Islamist Terror in New Book (INTERVIEW)

An ominous shadow has swept across the Middle East and North Africa, leaving chaos and carnage...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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