Arts and Culture

Israeli-Canadian Singer’s New Single Seeks to Give Purim Miracle Everyday Relevance March 16, 2014 2:03 am

Israeli-Canadian Singer’s New Single Seeks to Give Purim Miracle Everyday Relevance

JNS.org - In time for Purim 2014, popular Israeli-Canadian singer and composer Naftali...

Report: Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park Reserved for June Rolling Stones Concert March 12, 2014 7:52 am

Report: Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park Reserved for June Rolling Stones Concert

Ynet – The chances of a Rolling Stones concert in Israel this summer are growing: Yedioth...

First Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ Revealed: Assistant District Attorney Andi Dorfman March 11, 2014 6:03 pm

First Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ Revealed: Assistant District Attorney Andi Dorfman

Jewish Atlanta, Ga., native Andi Dorfman will search for true love on the upcoming season...

With Jewish-Infused Style, Late Sid Caesar Revolutionized Television Comedy March 11, 2014 10:40 am

With Jewish-Infused Style, Late Sid Caesar Revolutionized Television Comedy

JNS.org – The recently deceased Sid Caesar made America laugh, and in so doing, revolutionized...

Defying BDS Calls, Promoter Shuki Weiss Brings Big-Name Performers to Israel March 6, 2014 8:01 am

Defying BDS Calls, Promoter Shuki Weiss Brings Big-Name Performers to Israel

JNS.org – While Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto...

Anthrax Rocker Describes Jewish Mother’s Scream After Telling Her About His Career Choice March 4, 2014 11:16 pm

Anthrax Rocker Describes Jewish Mother’s Scream After Telling Her About His Career Choice

Scott Ian, of thrash metal band Anthrax, revealed the difficulty he faced as a teen, and...

Gaza as You’ve Never Seen it Before (VIDEO) March 3, 2014 11:27 pm

Gaza as You’ve Never Seen it Before (VIDEO)

Palestinian-Arab production company Media Town recently captured stunning, rarely seen footage...

Oscars 2014: Jewish Winners and Performers March 3, 2014 10:19 pm

Oscars 2014: Jewish Winners and Performers

JNS.org - At the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, several Oscars were handed out to Jewish...

National Jewish Book Award Winners Share Their Personal Stories March 3, 2014 12:30 pm

National Jewish Book Award Winners Share Their Personal Stories

JNS.org – It is once again awards season, and as such, Americans find themselves glued...

Video of Epic David Guetta Concert Atop Masada Draws Half a Million Views in 2 Days (VIDEO) February 27, 2014 8:57 pm

Video of Epic David Guetta Concert Atop Masada Draws Half a Million Views in 2 Days (VIDEO)

A newly released video of renowned DJ David Guetta’s concert in Israel last October...

Oscar-Nominated ‘American Hustle’ Conjures Up Story of Jewish Con Artist February 26, 2014 11:39 am

Oscar-Nominated ‘American Hustle’ Conjures Up Story of Jewish Con Artist

JNS.org – When former New York Times reporter Leslie Maitland first heard that Amy...

‘Monuments Men’ Find Art, But Little Historical or Emotional Resonance (REVIEW) February 21, 2014 7:36 am

‘Monuments Men’ Find Art, But Little Historical or Emotional Resonance (REVIEW)

JNS.org – After its release was pushed back two months from prime Oscar-nomination...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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