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Koshering Antisemitism at Harvard April 28, 2016 7:05 am

Koshering Antisemitism at Harvard

JNS.org – Every people has its betrayers. And if Jews needed a reminder of that adage,...

You Might Just Be a War Criminal April 28, 2016 7:00 am

You Might Just Be a War Criminal

JNS.org – Have you ever bought a slice of pizza in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem?...

How ‘Seinfeld’ Paved the Way for Bernie Sanders April 28, 2016 6:55 am

How ‘Seinfeld’ Paved the Way for Bernie Sanders

JNS.org – As recently as the 1940s, antisemitism was so common in the United States...

Palestinian Children Kill Israelis in Hamas ‘Play’ (VIDEO) April 28, 2016 6:40 am

Palestinian Children Kill Israelis in Hamas ‘Play’ (VIDEO)

Palestinian children simulated murdering Israelis while participating in a cultural festival...

Freedom House Sadly Joins the Anti-Israel Crowd April 27, 2016 11:54 am

Freedom House Sadly Joins the Anti-Israel Crowd

Freedom House had been one of the remaining, objective arbiters of which countries are free...

Intergenerational Bonds Bloom When Jewish Seniors, Students Share a Campus April 27, 2016 11:41 am

Intergenerational Bonds Bloom When Jewish Seniors, Students Share a Campus

JNS.org – When Shirley H. Gould House resident Marilyn Herbst sees the kids from...

Report: Iran May Send Hamas to Fight ISIS April 27, 2016 11:22 am

Report: Iran May Send Hamas to Fight ISIS

Iran is reportedly planning to deploy Hamas operatives to fight the Islamic State in Mosul,...

‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Special Channel in Israel Before Season 6 Premiere (VIDEO) April 26, 2016 10:10 am

‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Special Channel in Israel Before Season 6 Premiere (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Last night, like likely many others, I sat gaping at the eerie surprise at...

The Phenomenon of Jewish Self-Hatred April 26, 2016 7:25 am

The Phenomenon of Jewish Self-Hatred

Jews have always had to endure antisemitism, which has made us particularly defensive and...

Jewish Seniors Stump for Their 2016 Candidates April 26, 2016 7:23 am

Jewish Seniors Stump for Their 2016 Candidates

JNS.org – When Norma Shulman recently spoke before a gathering of Massachusetts Democrats,...

A New Home Means a New Life for Underprivileged Israeli Girls April 26, 2016 7:20 am

A New Home Means a New Life for Underprivileged Israeli Girls

JNS.org – This is Marisol. As a child, Marisol was sent from place to place in Israel...

British Comedy About Jewish Baker and Muslim Pot-Dealer Apprentice Debuts in US (VIDEO) April 25, 2016 3:02 pm

British Comedy About Jewish Baker and Muslim Pot-Dealer Apprentice Debuts in US (VIDEO)

A British comedy recently released in the US tells the tale of a Jewish baker whose failing...

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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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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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