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BDS With a Twist: Campus Divestment Measures Target More Than Israel February 16, 2015 9:37 am

BDS With a Twist: Campus Divestment Measures Target More Than Israel

JNS.org – While two recent student resolutions initiated by Boycott, Divestment and...

Joe Scarborough Calls Mika Brzezinski ‘Smug’ About Anti-Jewish Violence in Europe February 16, 2015 9:25 am

Joe Scarborough Calls Mika Brzezinski ‘Smug’ About Anti-Jewish Violence in Europe

MSNBC morning program co-host Mika Brzezinski was chided by her “Morning Joe” co-host,...

Judge Slams Rasmieh Odeh’s Request for New Trial February 16, 2015 9:19 am

Judge Slams Rasmieh Odeh’s Request for New Trial

Saying defense attorneys had merely rehashed old arguments on which he’s already ruled,...

Chaos Strengthens Israel and the Jewish People February 15, 2015 12:17 pm

Chaos Strengthens Israel and the Jewish People

According to the Bible, before the world was created there was chaos, Tohu VaVohu. However,...

J-Street Conference Has a Republican Keynote: James ‘F*** the Jews’ Baker February 15, 2015 12:05 pm

J-Street Conference Has a Republican Keynote: James ‘F*** the Jews’ Baker

Who says J-Street is slavishly pro-Democrat? It’s more than willing to hear Republican...

Late Bob Simon Loved in Israel Despite Mixed Journalistic Record on Jewish Sbtate February 15, 2015 12:04 pm

Late Bob Simon Loved in Israel Despite Mixed Journalistic Record on Jewish Sbtate

JNS.org – The long-time CBS journalist Bob Simon, who was killed in a car accident...

Putin and Sisi Hold Talks in Cairo February 13, 2015 11:36 am

Putin and Sisi Hold Talks in Cairo

Russian President Vladimir Putin held high level talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul...

Can the West Rely on Iran? February 13, 2015 10:44 am

Can the West Rely on Iran?

Since the middle of last year, the US outreach to Iran on the nuclear issue has been accompanied...

The Iran Sanctions Bill Won’t Do Much, But it Still Matters February 13, 2015 10:30 am

The Iran Sanctions Bill Won’t Do Much, But it Still Matters

Nearly all the 54 Republican U.S. Senators will vote in favor of the Kirk-Menendez bill requiring...

Jewish and Human Rights Groups Demand Investigation Into UC Davis Antisemitic Incidents February 12, 2015 11:37 am

Jewish and Human Rights Groups Demand Investigation Into UC Davis Antisemitic Incidents

Prompted by recent anti-Semitic incidents at the University of California at Davis, 23 human...

Cry For Me, Argentina February 12, 2015 11:36 am

Cry For Me, Argentina

The assassination of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman reflects the endemic corruption of...

Naftali Bennett is a Demagogue on the Loose February 12, 2015 9:05 am

Naftali Bennett is a Demagogue on the Loose

It is hard to imagine how a devious, delusionary, and destructive individual like Naftali...

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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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