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Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna February 11, 2016 7:17 am

Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund...

The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar February 7, 2016 7:11 am

The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some...

Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv January 29, 2016 4:54 am

Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s...

The Creme de la Creme of 2015’s Israeli Wines January 7, 2016 7:39 am

The Creme de la Creme of 2015’s Israeli Wines

With the Gregorian year of 2015 closing in 24 hours or so, it’s time for the best wines...

Celebrities Express Their Love of Jewish Braided Bread Ahead of ‘Kids Challah Bake’ December 14, 2015 3:05 pm

Celebrities Express Their Love of Jewish Braided Bread Ahead of ‘Kids Challah Bake’

Celebrities are expressing their love for challah as part of a new campaign that seeks to...

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Chefs Strive for Next Iconic Dish December 7, 2015 12:01 pm

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Chefs Strive for Next Iconic Dish

JNS.org – The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem this week announced its participation in the...

Tel Aviv Has World’s Best Vegetarian Food, Says Popular Travel Magazine November 11, 2015 3:40 pm

Tel Aviv Has World’s Best Vegetarian Food, Says Popular Travel Magazine

A major travel magazine has crowned Tel Aviv home to the best vegetarian food in the world. Conde...

Can Bridal Fashionista Berta Balilti Turn Israel Into the Dress-Up Nation? October 27, 2015 8:02 am

Can Bridal Fashionista Berta Balilti Turn Israel Into the Dress-Up Nation?

JNS.org – It’s already known as the “start-up nation.” But can bridal fashionista...

Israeli Hummus Joint Offers 50 Percent Discount to Jews and Arabs Dining Together October 19, 2015 3:02 pm

Israeli Hummus Joint Offers 50 Percent Discount to Jews and Arabs Dining Together

A hummus cafe in central Israel is offering a 50 percent discount to Arab and Jewish customers...

New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO) October 7, 2015 2:25 pm

New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO)

A new video circulating online shows eight American children reacting — mostly positively...

‘Pastry Secrets’ Arrive Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah September 10, 2015 1:54 pm

‘Pastry Secrets’ Arrive Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah

JNS.org – Babka. Strudel. Stollen. Danish pastry. Not to mention Gugelhopf and Charlotte....

A Toulouse Fashion Student Finds Style and Harmony in the Holy Land September 8, 2015 6:55 am

A Toulouse Fashion Student Finds Style and Harmony in the Holy Land

A unique group of young fashion bloggers and designers recently visited Israel to learn more...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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