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Water: Conflict and Cooperation in Israel’s Jordan River Valley (ILLUSTRATED) March 3, 2014 10:04 am

Water: Conflict and Cooperation in Israel’s Jordan River Valley (ILLUSTRATED)

The Jordan River runs from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the natural boundary...

Ben-Gurion University Researcher May Have Cure for Type 1 Diabetes February 28, 2014 10:45 am

Ben-Gurion University Researcher May Have Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

JNS.org – While methods of insulin administration have improved and modes of measuring...

Jewish Teen Delegates Tackle Global Issues Head-On at Yeshiva University Model UN February 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Jewish Teen Delegates Tackle Global Issues Head-On at Yeshiva University Model UN

JNS.org – STAMFORD, Conn. – The United Nations is in session. Sam Collins,...

‘Moving the Needle:’ Jewish Day School Education’s Search for Relevance February 20, 2014 12:06 pm

‘Moving the Needle:’ Jewish Day School Education’s Search for Relevance

JNS.org – LOS ANGELES – “Moving the Needle” was the name of the...

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...

Professor Strips Thesis of Judith Butler Sourcing, Calls for RDS – ‘Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship’ – to Oppose BDS (INTERVIEW) February 11, 2014 6:17 pm

Professor Strips Thesis of Judith Butler Sourcing, Calls for RDS – ‘Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship’ – to Oppose BDS (INTERVIEW)

Israeli artist, playwright and professor Dahn Hiuni on Tuesday said he launched a new movement...

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...

Jerusalem Conference Seeks to Empower People With Disabilities February 7, 2014 8:22 am

Jerusalem Conference Seeks to Empower People With Disabilities

JNS.org – Wheelchair-bound Yoav Kreim—a well-known leader and spokesperson for people...

Israel’s Peres Sets World Record Teaching Online Civics Class to 9,000 Students February 6, 2014 11:30 am

Israel’s Peres Sets World Record Teaching Online Civics Class to 9,000 Students

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday helped create a new world record when he delivered...

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...

Hong Kong Synagogue Scene a Blend of Tradition and Travelers January 29, 2014 8:14 am

Hong Kong Synagogue Scene a Blend of Tradition and Travelers

JNS.org – HONG KONG—A taxi ride to 70 Robinson Road in Hong Kong, the address...

After Israel-EU Agreement, Flying is Easy to and From Jewish State January 24, 2014 11:56 am

After Israel-EU Agreement, Flying is Easy to and From Jewish State

JNS.org – Just several months since Israel and the European Union officially signed...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in US National Championship Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in US National Championship Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard that has Hebrew lettering on it when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” which means 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 P&G Championships will […]

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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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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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