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‘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...

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake October 19, 2014 7:46 pm

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...

How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life September 15, 2014 6:43 am

How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to...

10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial September 14, 2014 6:46 pm

10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous...

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days September 14, 2014 4:30 pm

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka...

Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO) September 9, 2014 7:14 am

Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods...

Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film September 9, 2014 6:52 am

Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network...

An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW) September 9, 2014 6:51 am

An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks –...

How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars September 2, 2014 6:13 am

How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven...

10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE) August 28, 2014 7:17 pm

10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli...

Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW) August 27, 2014 11:06 am

Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

“Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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