JNS.org – After suffering a tough personal loss early in life, there has always been a serious side to the comedy of famed Jewish entertainer Billy Crystal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Crystal’s father, prompting him to perform the autobiographical one-man show “700 Sundays” for another run on Broadway. The show, which first ran in 2004 and earned Crystal a...
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Up until six months ago, Eyal Gabbai was the Director-General of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin...
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The Jewish Response to the Economic Collapse – Exclusive Algemeiner interview with Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
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An Israeli soccer player was tackled brutally during a match on Sunday, leaving him with a broken leg. Footage of the collision posted to YouTube circulated quickly, attracting a cool 90,000 views in under twenty four hours. The incident took place during an Israeli Premier League match between Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa. The victim, Rafi Dahan was rammed by Spaniard Rubén Rayos who came in high and hard, slamming Dahan on the side of his knee and crushing the [...]Read more →
The Israeli city of Netanya, an oceanside suburb, 20km north of Tel Aviv, was chosen to host the European Short Course Swimming Championships, from January 15 to 18, 2015. The facility to host the championships is the new swimming complex at the Wingate Institute, officially called the Orde Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports, on a 120-acre sports campus near the Mediterranean Sea. “The Israeli Swimming Federation has proved their capability to organize major international events before, by hosting [...]Read more →
JNS.org – For Anglo university students who are spending a semester abroad in Israel, or those who have recently made aliyah, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website provides a comprehensive list of institutions of higher learning that offer courses geared towards students whose mother tongue is English. But while an abundant number of courses are offered in the English language, the foreign ministry’s list gets smaller when searching for institutions that offer the opportunity to earn enough credits to complete [...]Read more →
Arts and Culture Blogs
JNS.org – While Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto frontman for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, urging fellow artists against performing in Israel, Shuki Weiss Promotion and Production Ltd. for nearly 35 years has brought the biggest names in entertainment to the Jewish state for historic live shows. Musical guests attracted to Israel by the company have included Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Madonna, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. [...]Read more →
Music US & Canada
Scott Ian, of thrash metal band Anthrax, revealed the difficulty he faced as a teen, and the unforgettable screams that followed, when he told his Jewish mother he wanted to be a rockstar, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. The Queens-born guitarist said his mother wanted him to stay in school and pursue a conventional career as a doctor or lawyer. Ian had something else in mind for his future, which she was not too thrilled about. “At 5-foot-4, I wasn’t going [...]Read more →
Beliefs and concepts Lifestyle
JNS.org – “Jews don’t hunt.” That’s a comforting statement to one who, like me, opposes hunting, even if it’s not strictly true. I understand that Allyson Schwartz, a Jewish congresswoman running for governor of Pennsylvania, is involved in an effort to end a ban on Sunday hunting, and that there are a few Jews joining the effort. That surprises me. Conventional wisdom has it that Jews in the United States have never been part of the hunter population because they live primarily [...]Read more →
Arts and Culture Middle East
Palestinian-Arab production company Media Town recently captured stunning, rarely seen footage of life in the Gaza Strip, showing the region from a new perspective, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday. Media Town used a newly acquired aerial photography drone to take beautiful overhead video of Gaza, a territory more often associated with rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes than beaches, sun and fun. The film crew launched its new device from the center of Palestine Football Stadium to a height of [...]Read more →
Arts and Culture
JNS.org – At the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, several Oscars were handed out to Jewish and Israeli filmmakers, actors, and producers. Israeli soundman Niv Adiri and his teammates won an Oscar for sound mixing on the movie “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock. Israeli-American producer Arnon Milchan served as a producer for “12 Years a Slave,” which won Best Picture. He joined actors Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, director Steve McQueen, actor Brad Pitt, and others [...]Read more →