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Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy July 23, 2014 11:47 am

Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York....

New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’ July 3, 2014 10:08 am

New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels....

Sometimes in Unexpected Locations, Jewish Food Festivals Unite History and Culture June 20, 2014 3:47 pm

Sometimes in Unexpected Locations, Jewish Food Festivals Unite History and Culture

JNS.org -Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America,...

Jewish Health: Weight Gain and the Latest Sweetener June 17, 2014 11:40 am

Jewish Health: Weight Gain and the Latest Sweetener

The FDA has approved yet another artificial sweetener to place in our sodas, sweets, ices,...

Boutique Cheese Maker Offers Travelers a Tasty Shavuot June 3, 2014 12:14 pm

Boutique Cheese Maker Offers Travelers a Tasty Shavuot

JNS.org – Standing alone against the desert landscape, Kornmehl Goat Cheese Farm...

Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show April 6, 2014 3:46 pm

Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season...

It’s Raining Chocolate in Tel Aviv February 18, 2014 5:26 pm

It’s Raining Chocolate in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV – Along with the much needed rain that drenched Israel this past weekend, Tel...

Israeli Restaurants to Host French Chefs for Culinary Initiative February 11, 2014 1:38 am

Israeli Restaurants to Host French Chefs for Culinary Initiative

JNS.org – Nineteen celebrated French chefs arrived in Israel to launch the second...

Why it’s Cheaper to be Healthy in Israel February 6, 2014 8:14 am

Why it’s Cheaper to be Healthy in Israel

A study carried out by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture found that the cost of fruits and...

A Mom From Esh Kodesh Makes Sushi – and Headlines January 20, 2014 12:37 am

A Mom From Esh Kodesh Makes Sushi – and Headlines

ESH KODESH – Maayan Shaar, 26, of Esh Kodesh had no idea that her family’s favorite...

Delectable Recipes for Tu B’Shevat January 16, 2014 11:49 am

Delectable Recipes for Tu B’Shevat

JNS.org – Winter fruit might seem less spectacular than the much more time-valued offerings...

Haggis: A Rare Scottish, Jewish Culinary Treat January 7, 2014 12:23 pm

Haggis: A Rare Scottish, Jewish Culinary Treat

What is haggis? It has been described in various ways and even classified as fertilizer (!)...

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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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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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