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Poll: Israelis Would Vote for Clinton Over Trump Despite Seeing the Mogul as Better For Israel June 23, 2016 11:41 am

Poll: Israelis Would Vote for Clinton Over Trump Despite Seeing the Mogul as Better For Israel

If the upcoming US presidential election were to be decided by Israeli voters, Democratic...

Britons Cast Votes in Historic EU Referendum as Final Poll Shows Close Results June 23, 2016 10:29 am

Britons Cast Votes in Historic EU Referendum as Final Poll Shows Close Results

Millions of Britons have defied the wet weather to queue in torrential rain and even wade...

Rivlin Asks European Lawmakers for Greater Respect of Israel’s Sovereignty June 23, 2016 10:28 am

Rivlin Asks European Lawmakers for Greater Respect of Israel’s Sovereignty

JNS.org – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday addressed the European Parliament...

Obama Administration Conflicted Over Allowing Iran Access to US Dollars June 23, 2016 10:27 am

Obama Administration Conflicted Over Allowing Iran Access to US Dollars

The Obama administration is at odds over whether to give Iran access to the U.S. financial...

Report: Israeli President Rivlin Snubbed by Palestinian Authority’s Abbas in Brussels June 23, 2016 3:55 am

Report: Israeli President Rivlin Snubbed by Palestinian Authority’s Abbas in Brussels

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven...

Israeli Spokesman in New Delhi: Indian Water Minister’s Upcoming Trip to Jerusalem Signifies Additional Boost to Bilateral Agricultural Ties (INTERVIEW) June 22, 2016 5:52 pm

Israeli Spokesman in New Delhi: Indian Water Minister’s Upcoming Trip to Jerusalem Signifies Additional Boost to Bilateral Agricultural Ties (INTERVIEW)

The upcoming visit of India’s water minister to Israel is a “very important step forward”...

Report: Hamas Leadership Panicked Over Defection to Israel of Top Operatives June 22, 2016 11:42 am

Report: Hamas Leadership Panicked Over Defection to Israel of Top Operatives

A number of recent defections has Hamas in a panic, London-based pan-Arab news outlet Al Asharq...

EU Dismisses Israeli Accusations of Colonialism as ‘Offensive and Inaccurate’ June 22, 2016 9:53 am

EU Dismisses Israeli Accusations of Colonialism as ‘Offensive and Inaccurate’

The European Union on Wednesday dismissed strident criticism by an Israeli official — who,...

Iranian Foreign Minister Holds Meetings in France to Maintain Nuclear Deal Momentum June 22, 2016 9:49 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Holds Meetings in France to Maintain Nuclear Deal Momentum

Iran’s foreign minister, making the rounds of European capitals to seek benefits from...

Israel Declares New Holiday Honoring Immigrants June 22, 2016 9:42 am

Israel Declares New Holiday Honoring Immigrants

JNS.org – The Israeli Knesset has formally declared a new holiday, National Aliyah...

IDF Says Palestinian Teen Killed by Mistake in West Bank June 22, 2016 9:40 am

IDF Says Palestinian Teen Killed by Mistake in West Bank

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager early Tuesday in the West Bank, mistakenly...

Israel, Turkey Reportedly Nearing Deal to Normalize Relations June 22, 2016 9:39 am

Israel, Turkey Reportedly Nearing Deal to Normalize Relations

JNS.org – Former Middle East allies Israel and Turkey are reportedly nearing a deal...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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