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Vatican Affirms Pope Israel Plans Unchanged, Netanyahu Office May Intervene if Diplomats On Strike March 7, 2014 3:18 pm

Vatican Affirms Pope Israel Plans Unchanged, Netanyahu Office May Intervene if Diplomats On Strike

The Vatican on Friday said that Pope Francis’ upcoming planned trip to Israel is still...

Jordan’s ‘Zionist Sheikh’ Cites Quranic Sources for Islam-Jewish Relations March 7, 2014 1:40 pm

Jordan’s ‘Zionist Sheikh’ Cites Quranic Sources for Islam-Jewish Relations

A Jordanian Quranic scholar, and former postal worker, cited the Quranic sources that affirm...

Hagel to Ya’alon: Illicit Actions by Iran in Violation of its U.N. Security Council Obligations March 7, 2014 12:03 pm

Hagel to Ya’alon: Illicit Actions by Iran in Violation of its U.N. Security Council Obligations

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday afternoon spoke with Israeli Minister of...

Officials: Global Anti-Israel Boycott Movement Has Failed March 7, 2014 11:43 am

Officials: Global Anti-Israel Boycott Movement Has Failed

Senior Israeli government officials recently asserted that despite calls for the boycotting...

Netanyahu to Obama: Time to Free Jonathan Pollard March 7, 2014 11:05 am

Netanyahu to Obama: Time to Free Jonathan Pollard

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama...

Egyptian Jewish Leader Nadia Haroun Dies From Heart Attack March 7, 2014 10:43 am

Egyptian Jewish Leader Nadia Haroun Dies From Heart Attack

Nadia Haroun, an Egyptian lawyer and deputy head of its Jewish community, passed away late...

Kerry Meets Jordan King to Discuss Framework Middle East Peace Agreement March 7, 2014 10:32 am

Kerry Meets Jordan King to Discuss Framework Middle East Peace Agreement

Reuters – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Jordan’s King Abdullah on Friday...

Iranian Official Says Latest Nuclear Talks With World Powers Were ‘Substantive and Useful’ March 7, 2014 10:30 am

Iranian Official Says Latest Nuclear Talks With World Powers Were ‘Substantive and Useful’

Reuters – A senior Iranian official said on Friday that expert-level talks between Iran...

Jewish Umbrella Group Calls for Restored Funding of U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Programs March 6, 2014 7:59 pm

Jewish Umbrella Group Calls for Restored Funding of U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Programs

JNS.org - Jewish leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

Report: Pope Francis Forced to Cancel Israel Trip Over Labor Dispute March 6, 2014 7:41 pm

Report: Pope Francis Forced to Cancel Israel Trip Over Labor Dispute

JNS.org – Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his planned trip to Israel in May...

Jeffrey Goldberg Says He Interpreted Obama Comments on Israel as a ‘Veiled Threat’ March 6, 2014 5:42 pm

Jeffrey Goldberg Says He Interpreted Obama Comments on Israel as a ‘Veiled Threat’

Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg said that he interpreted U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent...

Editor Accuses UK Veterinary Chief of ‘Anti Jewish Bigotry’ for Objecting to Kosher Slaughter March 6, 2014 12:58 pm

Editor Accuses UK Veterinary Chief of ‘Anti Jewish Bigotry’ for Objecting to Kosher Slaughter

Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard on Thursday slammed John Blackwell, president-elect...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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