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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...

Frum Fashionista: New Magazine Targets Style Conscious Orthodox Jewish Women February 18, 2014 5:32 pm

Frum Fashionista: New Magazine Targets Style Conscious Orthodox Jewish Women

JNS.org - Cool weather trends. Pop patterns. Couture for a cause. It could be Vogue or Elle....

Beatles’ Jewish Manager Remembered 50 Years After Band’s American Debut February 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Beatles’ Jewish Manager Remembered 50 Years After Band’s American Debut

JNS.org – Amid the celebrations and hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the...

Valentine’s Day: Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’ February 14, 2014 11:19 am

Valentine’s Day: Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’

JNS.org – On Feb. 14 each year, many Americans attend screenings of “Casablanca,”...

‘Monuments Men:’ Rescuing Chagall’s Paintings, Abandoning Chagall (INTERVIEW) February 13, 2014 7:39 am

‘Monuments Men:’ Rescuing Chagall’s Paintings, Abandoning Chagall (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org - The new George Clooney film, “The Monuments Men,” tells the thrilling story...

The Path of the Righteous (REVIEW) February 3, 2014 8:17 am

The Path of the Righteous (REVIEW)

JNS.org – There are lots of biographies of famous people lining the shelves of bookstores....

‘Seinfeld’ Reunion Show in the Works, Jerry Seinfeld Says January 31, 2014 5:01 pm

‘Seinfeld’ Reunion Show in the Works, Jerry Seinfeld Says

JNS.org – Jewish-American comedian and sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld confirmed speculation...

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth (REVIEW) January 29, 2014 6:31 pm

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth (REVIEW)

In an electrifying theatrical performance, ‘When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth‘...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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