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US Boycotts UN Discussion on Alleged Israeli Violations in Disputed Territories March 23, 2015 12:58 pm

US Boycotts UN Discussion on Alleged Israeli Violations in Disputed Territories

JNS.org – The United States boycotted a discussion by the United Nations Human Rights...

Netanyahu Endorsed by 67 Knesset Members, Setting Coalition in Motion March 23, 2015 10:30 am

Netanyahu Endorsed by 67 Knesset Members, Setting Coalition in Motion

JNS.org – Sixty-seven Knesset members endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to...

US Holds Massive Military Exercise in Persian Gulf as Iran Nuclear Deal Approaches March 23, 2015 10:30 am

US Holds Massive Military Exercise in Persian Gulf as Iran Nuclear Deal Approaches

Washington Free Beacon – Some 3,000 US military personnel as well as American “air,...

Jewish Graves Vandalized in Hungary; Human Remains Scattered March 23, 2015 10:29 am

Jewish Graves Vandalized in Hungary; Human Remains Scattered

i24News – Twenty graves have been vandalized in a Jewish cemetery, The Associated Press,...

Bodies of Seven Jewish Children Killed in Brooklyn Fire Arrive in Israel for Burial March 23, 2015 10:26 am

Bodies of Seven Jewish Children Killed in Brooklyn Fire Arrive in Israel for Burial

Jerusalem Post – The bodies of the seven children from the Sasson family who were killed...

Former Envoys Say Obama’s ‘Childish’ Attacks on Israel ‘Cause Significant Strategic Harm’ March 22, 2015 10:47 pm

Former Envoys Say Obama’s ‘Childish’ Attacks on Israel ‘Cause Significant Strategic Harm’

Two former Israeli ambassadors to the United States, Michael Oren and Danny Ayalon, have responded...

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan March 22, 2015 9:19 pm

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan

A Turkish news station aligned with the country’s ruling AKP party recently aired an...

Israeli Envoys Rush to Paris in Effort to Prevent Bad Nuclear Deal March 22, 2015 6:08 pm

Israeli Envoys Rush to Paris in Effort to Prevent Bad Nuclear Deal

Israel has turned to France in order to prevent what it considers an unfavorable nuclear deal...

University Facing Backlash for Conference Questioning Foundation of Israel March 22, 2015 4:53 pm

University Facing Backlash for Conference Questioning Foundation of Israel

A British university is under pressure for a conference next month that will question Israel’s...

Senator Says Obama’s ‘Open Hostility’ to Netanyahu Causing Democrats to Lose Trust in President March 22, 2015 1:09 pm

Senator Says Obama’s ‘Open Hostility’ to Netanyahu Causing Democrats to Lose Trust in President

President Obama’s hostility towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is creating...

Israeli President Begins Consultations on Formation of New Government, Calls for Healing Following Bruising Election March 22, 2015 12:03 pm

Israeli President Begins Consultations on Formation of New Government, Calls for Healing Following Bruising Election

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday that the new Israeli government will have to serve...

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Calls Nuclear Talks ‘Fraudulent’ as Deadline Nears March 22, 2015 12:01 pm

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Calls Nuclear Talks ‘Fraudulent’ as Deadline Nears

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, tweeted his outrage Saturday over talks...

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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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