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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...

Larry David Says Antisemites Cost Him Tony Nod for ‘Fish in the Dark’ (VIDEO) June 8, 2015 1:39 pm

Larry David Says Antisemites Cost Him Tony Nod for ‘Fish in the Dark’ (VIDEO)

Comic Larry David rancorously struck back at the Tony Awards judges on Sunday night from the...

Upcoming Documentary to Chronicle How Young Bronx Girl Got to Play Holocaust Survivor’s Violin (VIDEO) June 7, 2015 1:27 pm

Upcoming Documentary to Chronicle How Young Bronx Girl Got to Play Holocaust Survivor’s Violin (VIDEO)

A new upcoming documentary, titled Joe’s Violin, will detail how an instrument bought...

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement June 7, 2015 12:59 pm

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement

An explosive documentary burst onto Israeli screens Wednesday evening, grabbing viewers...

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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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