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Israel’s Bennett Leaving Govt if Prisoners Released Into Israel: ‘We Will Not Allow Them to Walk All Over Us’ April 11, 2014 10:36 am

Israel’s Bennett Leaving Govt if Prisoners Released Into Israel: ‘We Will Not Allow Them to Walk All Over Us’

Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Economy Minister and head of Bayit Yehudi, the Jewish Home...

Bereaved Israeli Families Stage Mock Passover Seder to Protest Prisoner Release April 11, 2014 10:30 am

Bereaved Israeli Families Stage Mock Passover Seder to Protest Prisoner Release

JNS.org – Bereaved families and victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks staged a mock...

Jerusalem Court Convicts Islamic Movement Head of Obstructing Police Operations April 11, 2014 10:28 am

Jerusalem Court Convicts Islamic Movement Head of Obstructing Police Operations

JNS.org – The Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court on Thursday convicted Islamic Movement head...

Swiss Government Grants Palestinian Authority Permission to Join Geneva Conventions April 11, 2014 10:26 am

Swiss Government Grants Palestinian Authority Permission to Join Geneva Conventions

JNS.org – The Swiss government on Friday announced that it has approved the Palestinian...

Diplomats, Insiders Claim White House Campaign to Blame Israel for Peace Talks Failure April 11, 2014 10:19 am

Diplomats, Insiders Claim White House Campaign to Blame Israel for Peace Talks Failure

Washington Free Beacon – The Obama administration has been waging a secret media war in...

Israeli Peace Activist Ron Pundak, Pioneer of Oslo Accords, Dies at 59 April 11, 2014 10:10 am

Israeli Peace Activist Ron Pundak, Pioneer of Oslo Accords, Dies at 59

Associated Press – Ron Pundak, an Israeli academic and peace activist who was instrumental...

Cornell Student Government Tables Israel Divestment, Averting Passover Vote April 10, 2014 9:44 pm

Cornell Student Government Tables Israel Divestment, Averting Passover Vote

JNS.org – Cornell University’s Student Assembly on Thursday voted 15-8 (with one...

Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams (PHOTOS) April 10, 2014 6:19 pm

Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams (PHOTOS)

An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the...

State Dept. Designates Sinai Group as Terror Org. for Attacks on Israel, Others April 10, 2014 5:08 pm

State Dept. Designates Sinai Group as Terror Org. for Attacks on Israel, Others

JNS.org - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday designated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM),...

Israel is a ‘Paradise’ for Christians, Says Israeli Christian Leader April 10, 2014 2:44 pm

Israel is a ‘Paradise’ for Christians, Says Israeli Christian Leader

JNS.org – Israeli Christian leader Shadi Khalloul, spokesman for the Israeli Christian...

Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control Calls for Tying PA Aid to Human Rights, Economic Benchmarks April 10, 2014 11:13 am

Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control Calls for Tying PA Aid to Human Rights, Economic Benchmarks

The Palestinian Authority is the only body receiving European Union funds regardless of its...

Expert: Breakdown in Peace Talks Engineered by Palestinian Authority to Resume United Nations Bid April 10, 2014 10:37 am

Expert: Breakdown in Peace Talks Engineered by Palestinian Authority to Resume United Nations Bid

The breakdown in the nine-months peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority...

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

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