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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi: Israel Planning ‘Large Security Barrier’ to Protect Mount of Olives (INTERVIEW) June 30, 2015 2:40 pm

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi: Israel Planning ‘Large Security Barrier’ to Protect Mount of Olives (INTERVIEW)

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern said on Monday that Israel was planning to build a “large...

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Extended to July 7 June 30, 2015 12:34 pm

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Extended to July 7

JNS.org – Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S., U.K., France,...

4 Israelis Wounded in Shooting, PM Calls Out PA for Not Condemning Attacks June 30, 2015 12:33 pm

4 Israelis Wounded in Shooting, PM Calls Out PA for Not Condemning Attacks

JNS.org – Four Israelis were wounded on Monday night in a suspected Palestinian drive-by...

Israelis Win 12 Medals at European Games in Baku June 30, 2015 9:50 am

Israelis Win 12 Medals at European Games in Baku

JNS.org – Israelis won 12 medals in a variety of sports at the 2015 European Games...

Iran, Powers Set to Miss Nuclear Deal Deadline as Agreement Remains Elusive June 30, 2015 9:36 am

Iran, Powers Set to Miss Nuclear Deal Deadline as Agreement Remains Elusive

Iran and six world powers ramped up negotiations on Tuesday after accepting they would miss...

Orange Seals Deal to End Agreement With Israeli Partner June 30, 2015 9:35 am

Orange Seals Deal to End Agreement With Israeli Partner

JNS.org – The French telecommunications giant Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli...

Israeli Defense Minister Says There Was No Aid on Gaza-Bound Swedish Flotilla June 30, 2015 9:34 am

Israeli Defense Minister Says There Was No Aid on Gaza-Bound Swedish Flotilla

The Marianne of Gothenburg ship, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon argued, was...

London Neo-Nazi Rally Won’t March Through Mostly Jewish Golders Green June 30, 2015 9:33 am

London Neo-Nazi Rally Won’t March Through Mostly Jewish Golders Green

Police have barred a neo-Nazi rally scheduled for Saturday from taking place in Golders Green. Chief...

Former British Commander Kemp Says Mix-Up Cost Him UN Gaza War Commission Appointment June 30, 2015 1:51 am

Former British Commander Kemp Says Mix-Up Cost Him UN Gaza War Commission Appointment

The U.N. Human Rights Council approached the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan...

Council of Europe Calls on Spain to Introduce Laws to Combat Antisemitism June 30, 2015 1:39 am

Council of Europe Calls on Spain to Introduce Laws to Combat Antisemitism

The Council of Europe called on Spain to pass “new and comprehensive anti-discrimination...

Israel to Construct New Fence Along Border With Jordan June 29, 2015 4:38 pm

Israel to Construct New Fence Along Border With Jordan

JNS.org – The Israeli security cabinet has approved the construction of an 18.64-mile...

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Likely to Go Past June 30 Deadline June 29, 2015 4:38 pm

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Likely to Go Past June 30 Deadline

JNS.org – Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S., U.K., France,...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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