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Amsterdam Drops Plan to be Tel Aviv’s Twin City After Pro-Palestinian Pressure June 26, 2015 10:02 am

Amsterdam Drops Plan to be Tel Aviv’s Twin City After Pro-Palestinian Pressure

JNS.org – A plan to link Amsterdam and Tel Aviv as twin cities was dropped on Thursday...

Palestinian Man Opens Fire on IDF Soldiers at Checkpoint June 26, 2015 10:01 am

Palestinian Man Opens Fire on IDF Soldiers at Checkpoint

JNS.org – A Palestinian man opened fire on Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in the...

Morocco to Rehabilitate Ancient Jewish Quarter of Marrakech June 26, 2015 9:59 am

Morocco to Rehabilitate Ancient Jewish Quarter of Marrakech

JNS.org – Morocco plans to rehabilitate the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech in...

One Decapitated, Dozens Injured in France Terror Attack at Factory June 26, 2015 9:49 am

One Decapitated, Dozens Injured in France Terror Attack at Factory

A man has been decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists...

Kerry Heads to Vienna for Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Approaches June 26, 2015 9:47 am

Kerry Heads to Vienna for Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Approaches

With next week’s deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, U.S. Secretary...

Global Jewish Population Approaches Pre-Holocaust Level June 26, 2015 9:45 am

Global Jewish Population Approaches Pre-Holocaust Level

JNS.org – The current global Jewish population is about 14.2 million, according to...

State Department Rejects Theory Iran Negotiations Delayed Unveiling of Human Rights Reports June 26, 2015 12:58 am

State Department Rejects Theory Iran Negotiations Delayed Unveiling of Human Rights Reports

The U.S. rejected reports that it had delayed the release of the 2014 State Department human...

Former Top British Commander Warns UN Gaza War Report Will Embolden Terrorists and Cause More Bloodshed June 25, 2015 5:52 pm

Former Top British Commander Warns UN Gaza War Report Will Embolden Terrorists and Cause More Bloodshed

A former commander of British forces in Afghanistan warned on Thursday that the recent U.N....

US Must Address Israeli Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal, Ex-Advisers Tell Obama June 25, 2015 2:43 pm

US Must Address Israeli Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal, Ex-Advisers Tell Obama

Just a week before the self-imposed deadline for a nuclear deal, some of the most influential...

Report: Since Inception, UNHRC Condemned Israel More Than Rest of World’s Countries Combined June 25, 2015 11:51 am

Report: Since Inception, UNHRC Condemned Israel More Than Rest of World’s Countries Combined

Since its inception nine years ago, the United Nations Human Rights Council has issued more...

Palestinians Suspected of Beating Israeli Jewish Farmer to Death June 25, 2015 10:42 am

Palestinians Suspected of Beating Israeli Jewish Farmer to Death

JNS.org – David Ben-Kafra, a 70-year-old Jewish farmer from Rehovot, was beaten to...

Turkey Confirms Negotiations on Reconciliation With Israel June 25, 2015 9:37 am

Turkey Confirms Negotiations on Reconciliation With Israel

JNS.org – Turkey on Wednesday confirmed that it is negotiating a reconciliation deal...

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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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