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Report: Senior Hamas Member Defects to Israel June 15, 2016 12:40 pm

Report: Senior Hamas Member Defects to Israel

JNS.org – Palestinian Fatah-affiliated websites are reporting that a senior member...

Massive Forest Fire Rages Outside of Jerusalem as Firefighting Teams Try to Contain Blaze June 15, 2016 10:33 am

Massive Forest Fire Rages Outside of Jerusalem as Firefighting Teams Try to Contain Blaze

A large forest fire is raging in the Jerusalem forest next to Givat Shaul. The fire is being...

First-Ever Arab Israeli Appointed Dean of Hebrew University Law Faculty June 15, 2016 10:28 am

First-Ever Arab Israeli Appointed Dean of Hebrew University Law Faculty

The first-ever Arab Israeli has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew...

Netanyahu: Israel Will Help NATO States With ‘Collective Struggle’ Against Terror June 15, 2016 10:20 am

Netanyahu: Israel Will Help NATO States With ‘Collective Struggle’ Against Terror

JNS.org – Three weeks ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit...

Orlando Shooting Victims Remembered at Tel Aviv Event June 15, 2016 10:19 am

Orlando Shooting Victims Remembered at Tel Aviv Event

JNS.org – About 100 members of Israel’s LGBT community held a memorial event on Tuesday...

Orlando Gunman Called Local TV Station During Attack Saying ‘I’m the Shooter’ June 15, 2016 10:15 am

Orlando Gunman Called Local TV Station During Attack Saying ‘I’m the Shooter’

As the deadliest mass shooting in American history unfolded in Orlando early Sunday morning, Matthew...

Co-Worker of Orlando Terrorist Says His Warnings of Shooter’s Antisemitic, Racist Behavior Fell on Deaf Ears June 15, 2016 7:27 am

Co-Worker of Orlando Terrorist Says His Warnings of Shooter’s Antisemitic, Racist Behavior Fell on Deaf Ears

A former co-worker of the Orlando massacre terrorist said his numerous warnings to his then...

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder: When Someone Says He’s Only Anti-Israel, Not Antisemitic, It’s a Lie June 14, 2016 5:25 pm

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder: When Someone Says He’s Only Anti-Israel, Not Antisemitic, It’s a Lie

“When someone says they are not antisemitic — they are only anti-Israel – that is...

Netanyahu: Arab Peace Initiative Could be Relevant With Changes on Borders, Refugees June 14, 2016 3:23 pm

Netanyahu: Arab Peace Initiative Could be Relevant With Changes on Borders, Refugees

JNS.org – At a meeting of Likud party ministers on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Brazil Backtracks on Support for UNESCO Measure Denying Jewish Ties to Holy Sites June 14, 2016 3:23 pm

Brazil Backtracks on Support for UNESCO Measure Denying Jewish Ties to Holy Sites

JNS.org – Brazil has become the second country to admit it made a mistake by voting...

Russia Might Use Veto Power to Protect Israel at United Nations, Israeli Official Says June 14, 2016 12:09 pm

Russia Might Use Veto Power to Protect Israel at United Nations, Israeli Official Says

Russia is not ruling out using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to thwart...

Former Classmate of Orlando Shooter Says Killer Was Homosexual, Regularly Visited Gay Nightclub June 14, 2016 11:53 am

Former Classmate of Orlando Shooter Says Killer Was Homosexual, Regularly Visited Gay Nightclub

Omar Mateen lived a double life. The homophobic maniac who murdered 49 people inside Orlando’s...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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