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Finding Faith in an Unlikely Place: Arab and Israeli Children Bond at a Pediatric Hospital June 23, 2016 2:24 am

Finding Faith in an Unlikely Place: Arab and Israeli Children Bond at a Pediatric Hospital

Every now and then, your faith in humanity is restored — and it’s usually at a...

Rabbi Praised for Adhering to Jewish Dietary Laws While Competing on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ June 22, 2016 6:18 pm

Rabbi Praised for Adhering to Jewish Dietary Laws While Competing on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Even though Chabad Rabbi Hanoch Hecht did not come in first place on Tuesday night’s...

What Would a ‘Brexit’ Mean for UK-Israel Relations? June 22, 2016 2:30 am

What Would a ‘Brexit’ Mean for UK-Israel Relations?

Britain’s upcoming referendum on its membership in the European Union is the center...

Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO) June 21, 2016 1:51 pm

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...

At Israeli Confab, Searching for ‘Silver-Bullet Solutions’ to Europe’s Migrant Crisis June 21, 2016 6:31 am

At Israeli Confab, Searching for ‘Silver-Bullet Solutions’ to Europe’s Migrant Crisis

JNS.org – The influx of migrants and refugees into Europe has presented that continent’s...

The ​Time Has Come for UNRWA Reform: A Solution to the Palestinian Refugee Dilemma June 21, 2016 6:26 am

The ​Time Has Come for UNRWA Reform: A Solution to the Palestinian Refugee Dilemma

​A mantra is repeated almost every day in Middle East parlance: the need for a policy initiative...

Document Reveals Omar Mateen’s Father Tied to Radical Islamist Groups June 21, 2016 6:00 am

Document Reveals Omar Mateen’s Father Tied to Radical Islamist Groups

The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has longstanding connections to prominent Islamist...

Will Israeli-American Cavaliers Coach, Ousted Mid-Season, Receive Championship Ring as Team Wins First-Time NBA Title? June 20, 2016 1:55 pm

Will Israeli-American Cavaliers Coach, Ousted Mid-Season, Receive Championship Ring as Team Wins First-Time NBA Title?

Just a year ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won their first-ever NBA title on Sunday night,...

A Message to Michael Lerner: Tolerance Goes Both Ways June 20, 2016 2:56 am

A Message to Michael Lerner: Tolerance Goes Both Ways

Tolerance only works if it goes both ways. At Muhammad Ali’s funeral, Rabbi Michael Lerner,...

Dr. Irving Moskowitz: The Montefiore and Rothschild of Our Time June 20, 2016 2:49 am

Dr. Irving Moskowitz: The Montefiore and Rothschild of Our Time

Dr. Irving Moskowitz — a Jewish hero, a man who has rightfully been called the Montefiore...

Fighting a Siege War June 20, 2016 2:40 am

Fighting a Siege War

Once you start thinking about the war Israel and its supporters find themselves in as a drawn-out...

Why Don’t Israeli Jews Care About Their Counterparts in the Diaspora? June 19, 2016 12:48 pm

Why Don’t Israeli Jews Care About Their Counterparts in the Diaspora?

There is nothing that Jews like to do more than take part in conventions and conferences;...

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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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