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How Independent is a Think Tank Funded by Hamas-Backing Qatar? September 19, 2014 7:14 am

How Independent is a Think Tank Funded by Hamas-Backing Qatar?

JNS.org - A recent in-depth report of think tank financing in the United States has raised...

Gaza Takes Back Seat to PA-Hamas Infighting and Islamic State Threat September 17, 2014 6:56 am

Gaza Takes Back Seat to PA-Hamas Infighting and Islamic State Threat

JNS.org – Since the declaration of a final cease-fire between Israel and Hamas last...

Pro-Christian Conference Descends Into Anti-Israel Bigotry September 11, 2014 4:36 pm

Pro-Christian Conference Descends Into Anti-Israel Bigotry

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got a heavy dose of Middle Eastern hospitality during his keynote...

Swarthmore College Events Shed Light on J Street’s Co-Sponsorships With Pro-BDS Groups September 10, 2014 7:12 am

Swarthmore College Events Shed Light on J Street’s Co-Sponsorships With Pro-BDS Groups

JNS.org – The self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street states that...

The Jewish State Supports a Kurdish State, But is the Idea Viable? September 10, 2014 6:44 am

The Jewish State Supports a Kurdish State, But is the Idea Viable?

JNS.org – The leader of the Jewish state has called for the creation of an independent...

Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ Smooth Out Their Differences on Israel Guidelines? (INTERVIEW) September 7, 2014 10:53 am

Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ Smooth Out Their Differences on Israel Guidelines? (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – When Harvard Hillel refused to host a planned 2012 event titled “Jewish...

After Gaza Conflict, Preparing for a Potentially Stormy Year for Israel on Campus September 1, 2014 11:47 am

After Gaza Conflict, Preparing for a Potentially Stormy Year for Israel on Campus

JNS.org – This summer’s 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which...

How the Gaza War Has Affected the BDS Movement September 1, 2014 9:05 am

How the Gaza War Has Affected the BDS Movement

Introduction In August the Gaza war created a massive upswing in worldwide BDS activity....

Analysis: The Anatomy of a Cease-Fire August 27, 2014 10:50 am

Analysis: The Anatomy of a Cease-Fire

JNS.org – After at least 11 failed attempts at achieving a lasting cease-fire between...

PA President Mahmoud Abbas Under Pressure As Armed Wing of Fatah Insists on Fighting, Questioning His Sincerity for Peace August 14, 2014 7:25 pm

PA President Mahmoud Abbas Under Pressure As Armed Wing of Fatah Insists on Fighting, Questioning His Sincerity for Peace

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Analysis: Israel Stumped by Obama’s Behavior July 31, 2014 5:51 am

Analysis: Israel Stumped by Obama’s Behavior

Politicians across the political spectrum in Israel have been left entirely stumped by President...

On Twitter, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Admits to Being the Head of the Serpent Whose Tail is Hamas in Gaza July 21, 2014 6:22 pm

On Twitter, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Admits to Being the Head of the Serpent Whose Tail is Hamas in Gaza

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza,...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    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 live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    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 assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

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

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    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 and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    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 has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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