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Negev Tourism Now an Easy Train Ride From the Rest of Israel’s Treasures January 24, 2014 1:55 am

Negev Tourism Now an Easy Train Ride From the Rest of Israel’s Treasures

JNS.org – Past the Gaza Strip, toward the rocket-battered city of Sderot, a new...

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 (!)...

California State University Chancellor Rejects ASA’s Israeli Academic Boycott, Jewish Student Groups Supportive January 3, 2014 5:26 pm

California State University Chancellor Rejects ASA’s Israeli Academic Boycott, Jewish Student Groups Supportive

Jewish groups were supportive on Friday after California State University Chancellor Timothy...

Psagot Wines Receive International Acclaim in France January 1, 2014 12:41 pm

Psagot Wines Receive International Acclaim in France

Continuing the Biblical tradition of wine production in Israel, the Psagot Winery has...

Deck the Halls with Boughs of… Lieberman? December 18, 2013 10:27 am

Deck the Halls with Boughs of… Lieberman?

JNS.org – High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Chuck Lieberman...

Inclusion of Jews With Disabilities is Focus of New Leadership Conference December 12, 2013 10:10 am

Inclusion of Jews With Disabilities is Focus of New Leadership Conference

JNS.org – Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva,...

Bike Tours Offer New Way to See Jerusalem December 5, 2013 10:51 am

Bike Tours Offer New Way to See Jerusalem

JNS.org – JERUSALEM—What kind of ground can you cover in three hours in Jerusalem? Start...

Hanukkah Recipes From ‘Queen of Kosher’ Jamie Geller December 3, 2013 11:16 am

Hanukkah Recipes From ‘Queen of Kosher’ Jamie Geller

JNS.org – All kinds of uber-creative latke recipes appear around Hanukkah-time: apple-parsnip...

Jewish Prophet Daniel Inspires Weight Loss Diet November 28, 2013 3:16 pm

Jewish Prophet Daniel Inspires Weight Loss Diet

The Daniel Fast, named after the Old Testament prophet, recommends eating fruit, vegetables...

Near East’s Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar Unearthed in Israel, With a Festive Surprise November 27, 2013 10:57 am

Near East’s Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar Unearthed in Israel, With a Festive Surprise

JNS.org – A team of archeologists has found what it describes as the “oldest...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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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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