Arts and Culture

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

Jewish Actor Seth Rogen Takes on Macklemore for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Costume May 19, 2014 11:26 pm

Jewish Actor Seth Rogen Takes on Macklemore for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Costume

Comedic actor Seth Rogen on Sunday derided rapper Macklemore after the Same Love singer donned...

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW) May 16, 2014 8:06 am

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW)

JNS.org – I confess that I came to Hillel Halkin’s “Jabotinsky: A Life” with...

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO) May 15, 2014 1:14 pm

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow (who played Phoebe), appearing on the Conan...

Morocco International Music Festival Says Egypt’s Chaaboula ‘Not Performing’ Following Pledge to Sing ‘I Hate Israel’ May 15, 2014 9:34 am

Morocco International Music Festival Says Egypt’s Chaaboula ‘Not Performing’ Following Pledge to Sing ‘I Hate Israel’

Following his pledge to sing I Hate Israel at Morocco’s Mawazine world music festival, concert...

‘Homeland’ Creator Wants More U.S. TV Shows to Film in Israel May 14, 2014 4:29 pm

‘Homeland’ Creator Wants More U.S. TV Shows to Film in Israel

JNS.org – Writer and director Gideon Raff, the Israeli co-creator of the U.S. spy television...

‘Jewish Cardinal’ Film Examines Dual Religious Loyalty May 14, 2014 10:44 am

‘Jewish Cardinal’ Film Examines Dual Religious Loyalty

JNS.org – Believe it or not, the recently canonized Pope John Paul II had a Jewish...

New Dedication to Israeli Artists Part of Iconic Tel Aviv Square’s Makeover April 30, 2014 12:17 am

New Dedication to Israeli Artists Part of Iconic Tel Aviv Square’s Makeover

JNS.org - Tel Aviv’s iconic King Albert Square is in the midst of a significant makeover. The...

Israel’s Rising Ethiopian Music Star on Life as a ‘Black Jew in a Land of White People’ (VIDEO) April 29, 2014 11:49 am

Israel’s Rising Ethiopian Music Star on Life as a ‘Black Jew in a Land of White People’ (VIDEO)

Israeli singer Ester Rada discussed her musical journey and Ethiopian roots in a recent...

David Broza and Wyclef Jean Promote Peace in Music Video for ‘East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem’ April 25, 2014 7:09 pm

David Broza and Wyclef Jean Promote Peace in Music Video for ‘East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem’

Israeli musician David Broza and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean teamed up recently to film the...

Singer Pays Tribute to Israel, ‘Game of Thrones’ With Theme Song, Hatikva Mashup (VIDEO) April 25, 2014 4:07 pm

Singer Pays Tribute to Israel, ‘Game of Thrones’ With Theme Song, Hatikva Mashup (VIDEO)

Israeli singer-songwriter Michael Greilsammer paid tribute to the HBO series Game of Thrones...

Israeli Film Wins Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival April 25, 2014 9:34 am

Israeli Film Wins Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival

Times of Israel – The Israeli film Zero Motivation on Thursday took home top accolades in...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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