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Why the Israel-Turkey Pact Is a Good Deal July 5, 2016 6:26 am

Why the Israel-Turkey Pact Is a Good Deal

Like many people, I am a profound critic of the current Turkish regime. It’s hard not...

Why Is the New Israel Fund Backing Breaking the Silence? July 5, 2016 6:19 am

Why Is the New Israel Fund Backing Breaking the Silence?

Breaking the Silence (BtS), a radical Israeli organization that implies all of Israel is occupied...

The New York Times and J Street Criticized Abbas, But That Doesn’t Solve the Problem July 4, 2016 6:25 am

The New York Times and J Street Criticized Abbas, But That Doesn’t Solve the Problem

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently spoke to the European Parliament in...

Muslim Writer Calls Out Palestinian Terror Glorification July 4, 2016 6:14 am

Muslim Writer Calls Out Palestinian Terror Glorification

Thursday’s shocking Palestinian terrorist murder of a 13-year-old girl prompted the...

Sorting Through My Parents’ Memories and Mementos July 4, 2016 6:12 am

Sorting Through My Parents’ Memories and Mementos

I’m learning a lot in the process of reassigning my deceased parents’ material...

Yeshiva University’s Child Molesters July 4, 2016 6:04 am

Yeshiva University’s Child Molesters

In 2013, Yeshiva University was sued by 34 plaintiffs alleging that they were sexually abused...

The Insanity of Guns in America July 3, 2016 6:11 am

The Insanity of Guns in America

I know I am expected to write about Brexit this week — a classic conflict between a...

The Conditioned Reflex July 1, 2016 2:33 am

The Conditioned Reflex

For those of us watching the rising tide of antisemitism, a tide which is slowly seeping in...

Palestinians Go ‘Potemkin’ With Anti-Israel Maps July 1, 2016 2:26 am

Palestinians Go ‘Potemkin’ With Anti-Israel Maps

JNS.org – The attempt by Palestinian officials or supporters to hide anti-Israel maps...

Yom HaAliyah: They Actually Made a Day for Us July 1, 2016 2:24 am

Yom HaAliyah: They Actually Made a Day for Us

JNS.org – As if upcoming Fourth of July parties in Israel weren’t reason enough to...

Are Democrats Finally Getting Tough on the Palestinian Authority? June 30, 2016 4:39 am

Are Democrats Finally Getting Tough on the Palestinian Authority?

JNS.org – In a remarkable turnaround, Democratic Party activists who are known to...

As Israel-Turkey Deal Moves Closer to Reality, What Does It Mean? June 30, 2016 4:34 am

As Israel-Turkey Deal Moves Closer to Reality, What Does It Mean?

JNS.org – After months of speculation that a reconciliation deal was imminent, Israel...

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    A delegation of 35 Jewish fashion industry mavens from around the world will travel to Israel later this month to “discover the chic side” of the country, 5 Town Jewish Times reported. The eight-day tour, organized by the Maryland-based Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, will include visits to key fashion sites and meetings with some of the country’s top fashion designers, merchandisers and marketers. Participants will also attend a JWRP Fashion Week event in Tel Aviv. JWRP said the trip is […]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Pro golfer Laetitia Beck said she is honored to have been selected to represent Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil largely because of her grandparents, who survived the Holocaust. “Everywhere I go, I want people to know where I’m from, my background and where my family came from because of the struggle they had to go through,” she told the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “Every week when I play and I see the Israeli flag, it brings me a lot […]

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