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Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father June 2, 2015 2:55 pm

Jewish Violinist Finishes Brahms Concert 82 Years After Nazis Interrupted His Father

A Jewish violinist played in Israel on Sunday the complete Brahms Violin Concerto in D major,...

Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO) May 21, 2015 2:45 pm

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...

At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’ May 21, 2015 10:39 am

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

JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter,...

Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO) May 19, 2015 3:58 pm

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...

Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip May 19, 2015 2:40 pm

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...

‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army May 18, 2015 4:55 pm

‘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...

Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political May 18, 2015 3:50 pm

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...

Jewish Museum to Host New York Premiere of Lost Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary May 18, 2015 12:21 pm

Jewish Museum to Host New York Premiere of Lost Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is set to host the New York City premiere of a lost Holocaust...

‘Catch the Jew!’ Replete With Diverse People in an Ideological Minefield May 10, 2015 10:51 am

‘Catch the Jew!’ Replete With Diverse People in an Ideological Minefield

JNS.org – Alan Dershowitz is fond of pointing out that, were a Martian to land in...

From Baghdad to Israel: Actor Aryeh Elias, Passes Away at Age 94 May 8, 2015 10:26 am

From Baghdad to Israel: Actor Aryeh Elias, Passes Away at Age 94

Israeli film legend Aryeh Elias passed away at the age of 94 on Thursday, May 7. The veteran...

Celebrated Singer Dionne Warwick Says Roger Waters’ Political Views on Israel ‘of No Concern’ May 6, 2015 5:07 pm

Celebrated Singer Dionne Warwick Says Roger Waters’ Political Views on Israel ‘of No Concern’

Legendary American singer Dionne Warwick said on Wednesday that her decision to perform in...

Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke April 22, 2015 4:43 pm

Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

“Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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