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Israel Allows 500 Truckloads of Building Material to Enter Gaza for Turkish Hospital March 27, 2014 10:15 am

Israel Allows 500 Truckloads of Building Material to Enter Gaza for Turkish Hospital

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Thursday accepted the recommendation...

Israeli Soldier Lightly Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack March 27, 2014 9:24 am

Israeli Soldier Lightly Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Thursday morning when he was stabbed in the leg by...

Poll: Obama Foreign Policy Hurts Approval Ratings March 27, 2014 9:23 am

Poll: Obama Foreign Policy Hurts Approval Ratings

AP – Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public’s waning...

Officials Say Kerry Talks With Abbas Were ‘Constructive’ March 27, 2014 9:19 am

Officials Say Kerry Talks With Abbas Were ‘Constructive’

Politico – Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud...

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected March 27, 2014 9:17 am

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected

Reuters – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected...

Israel Divestment Measure Vetoed by Loyola U. Student Government President March 26, 2014 9:20 pm

Israel Divestment Measure Vetoed by Loyola U. Student Government President

JNS.org - Pedro Guerrero, president of the United Student Government Association (USGA)...

Legal Rights Group Releases Full Report on Oxfam Ties to Terror Group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine March 26, 2014 7:45 pm

Legal Rights Group Releases Full Report on Oxfam Ties to Terror Group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Oxfam International is tied to banned terror group PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation...

Report: New F-35 Fighter Jet Purchased by Israel From U.S. Can Carry Nuclear Bomb March 26, 2014 4:22 pm

Report: New F-35 Fighter Jet Purchased by Israel From U.S. Can Carry Nuclear Bomb

The F-35 Stealth fighter aircraft that Israel is purchasing from the United States can carry...

BDS Resolution Defeated at University of Michigan March 26, 2014 9:38 am

BDS Resolution Defeated at University of Michigan

A resolution to begin a process to divest from companies that invest or operate in Israel...

Israel Sinks Two Gaza Bound Smuggling Boats March 26, 2014 9:20 am

Israel Sinks Two Gaza Bound Smuggling Boats

JNS.org – The Israeli Navy thwarted an attempt to smuggle explosives into Gaza from...

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Effort to Salvage Israel-PA Peace Talks March 26, 2014 9:18 am

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Effort to Salvage Israel-PA Peace Talks

Jerusalem Post – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Palestinian Authority President...

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition March 26, 2014 9:17 am

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition

JNS.org - At a two-day Arab League summit in Kuwait, Arab leaders vowed to never recognize...

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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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