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New Mexico Teenager Receives Over 1700 Anti-Semitic Text Messages From Classmate May 27, 2012 3:00 am

New Mexico Teenager Receives Over 1700 Anti-Semitic Text Messages From Classmate

KRQE – Hate speech doesn’t begin to describe it, an Albuquerque teenager is accused...

Israeli Archaeologists Discover 3,000 Year Old Jewelry May 26, 2012 5:00 pm

Israeli Archaeologists Discover 3,000 Year Old Jewelry

Huffington Post/AP – Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a stash of rare ancient jewelry...

South Koreans in Israel for Love of the Bible May 26, 2012 12:00 pm

South Koreans in Israel for Love of the Bible

JTA – It’s become a mainstay of Saturday nights on the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian...

Madonna Lands in Israel as World Tour Kicks off in Tel Aviv Next Week May 26, 2012 7:00 am

Madonna Lands in Israel as World Tour Kicks off in Tel Aviv Next Week

San Jose Mercury/AP – Israelis are gearing up to get down at Madonna’s show as...

Israeli Who Saved Man on Everest: “You Never Leave a Friend” May 26, 2012 2:00 am

Israeli Who Saved Man on Everest: “You Never Leave a Friend”

Ynet/AP – An Israeli who rescued a distressed climber on Mount Everest instead of pushing...

Political Firestorm Emerges in Israel Over African Migrants May 25, 2012 10:00 pm

Political Firestorm Emerges in Israel Over African Migrants

Fox News – Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional...

Hezbollah Leader Calls “Greater Israel” Project Over on Lebanon’s Liberation Day May 25, 2012 9:00 pm

Hezbollah Leader Calls “Greater Israel” Project Over on Lebanon’s Liberation Day

JPost – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Friday called Israel’s construction...

Islamist Vs. Old Guard in Final Round of Egypt’s Presidential Election May 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Islamist Vs. Old Guard in Final Round of Egypt’s Presidential Election

NY Times – The Islamist candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared set to face former...

U.S. Senate Bill Alters Palestinian Refugee Status and “Right of Return” May 25, 2012 11:42 am

U.S. Senate Bill Alters Palestinian Refugee Status and “Right of Return”

The U.S. State Department and Jordan are lobbying to block a Senate bill that would bring...

Muslim Brotherhood One Step Away From Egypt’s Presidency May 25, 2012 8:30 am

Muslim Brotherhood One Step Away From Egypt’s Presidency

USA Today/AP – The candidate of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a run-off...

Iran’s Pivot Towards Lebanon Signals Concern for Assad in Syria May 25, 2012 8:20 am

Iran’s Pivot Towards Lebanon Signals Concern for Assad in Syria

NY Times – The Islamic republic of Iran recently offered to build a dam in this scenic...

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu World’s Most Influential Jew May 25, 2012 8:15 am

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu World’s Most Influential Jew

JPost – Even during their long sojourn in exile, the Jews left an indelible imprint...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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