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Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance December 26, 2014 4:35 pm

Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The...

Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies December 26, 2014 10:26 am

Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now,...

Exodus on Screen (REVIEW) December 25, 2014 1:49 am

Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to...

New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says December 18, 2014 10:42 am

New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that...

Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO) December 18, 2014 10:39 am

Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song...

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind December 18, 2014 12:17 am

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind”...

EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW) December 17, 2014 5:25 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious...

‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France December 10, 2014 8:48 am

‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high...

Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake December 4, 2014 2:03 pm

Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the...

Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History November 5, 2014 12:33 pm

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...

‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’ October 23, 2014 2:47 pm

‘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...

Beyond ‘Klinghoffer': Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem October 23, 2014 7:07 am

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

JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death...

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  • Music US & Canada Musician Carlos Santana Maintains Upcoming Israel Concert With ‘Open Heart’ Despite Pressure From BDS Activists (VIDEO)

    Musician Carlos Santana Maintains Upcoming Israel Concert With ‘Open Heart’ Despite Pressure From BDS Activists (VIDEO)

    After supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement failed to pressure rock superstar Carlos Santana into cancelling his upcoming concert in Tel Aivv, the guitarist said in a video message on Thursday that he is excited to return to Israel and promote a “musical message of peace, love and an end to conflict.” “The band and I will bring our open hearts and musical energy that will resonate with your soul long after the last song has been […]

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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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