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Israel Halts Construction of 1,500 Housing Units in East Jerusalem March 25, 2015 9:45 am

Israel Halts Construction of 1,500 Housing Units in East Jerusalem

Ynet – Israel is freezing construction of 1,500 new housing units in the East Jerusalem...

UN Atomic Agency Says Iran Hasn’t Provided Needed Access or Information About Nuclear Program March 25, 2015 9:43 am

UN Atomic Agency Says Iran Hasn’t Provided Needed Access or Information About Nuclear Program

Washington Post – The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran...

Democratic Senators Claim Israel’s Lobbying on Iran Nuclear Deal Has Backfired March 25, 2015 9:41 am

Democratic Senators Claim Israel’s Lobbying on Iran Nuclear Deal Has Backfired

Politico – Israeli officials have mounted an aggressive push over the past three months...

Obama Says US Considering Support of Palestinian State at UN March 25, 2015 9:40 am

Obama Says US Considering Support of Palestinian State at UN

JNS.org – President Barack Obama said at a news conference on Tuesday that the US...

Obama: No ‘Meaningful Framework’ in Place for Palestinian State March 25, 2015 6:45 am

Obama: No ‘Meaningful Framework’ in Place for Palestinian State

Washington Post – President Obama on Tuesday said that the possibility of peace between...

The Next Crisis? United States Might Limit Aid to Israel by Amount it Spends on Settlements March 24, 2015 9:04 pm

The Next Crisis? United States Might Limit Aid to Israel by Amount it Spends on Settlements

The State Department might be attempting to limit the loan guarantees Israel receives from...

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives March 24, 2015 6:12 pm

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives

Switzerland has put together a plan to reconstruct the Gaza Strip which includes paying the...

New Orleans Student Group Launches Petition to Divest From Palestinian Authority March 24, 2015 5:46 pm

New Orleans Student Group Launches Petition to Divest From Palestinian Authority

JNS.org - A group of students at the University of New Orleans has launched an initiative...

Boehner ‘Shocked’ by Reported Israeli Spying on Iran Talks, Denies Receiving Information March 24, 2015 3:17 pm

Boehner ‘Shocked’ by Reported Israeli Spying on Iran Talks, Denies Receiving Information

JNS.org – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is “shocked” by a Wall...

US Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Task Force on Combating Antisemitism March 24, 2015 3:15 pm

US Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Task Force on Combating Antisemitism

JNS.org – A bipartisan group of eight US lawmakers launched a new task force aimed...

Foreign Minister Lieberman Rejects Claim of Israeli Spying on US During Iran Nuclar Talks March 24, 2015 10:01 am

Foreign Minister Lieberman Rejects Claim of Israeli Spying on US During Iran Nuclar Talks

Times of Israel – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday denied that Israel had...

French President Says No Survivors Expected After Plane Crashes in Alps With 150 on Board March 24, 2015 10:01 am

French President Says No Survivors Expected After Plane Crashes in Alps With 150 on Board

Fox News – No survivors are expected among the 150 people aboard a passenger plane that...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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