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IDF Soldier Critically Wounded in Gaza Fighting, Back On His Feet September 18, 2014 5:31 pm

IDF Soldier Critically Wounded in Gaza Fighting, Back On His Feet

Twelve operations later, an IDF special forces infantryman who was critically wounded in...

Syrian Opposition Leader Visits Wounded Countrymen in Israeli Hospital: ‘Assad Slaughters Us, You Heal Us’ September 18, 2014 3:05 pm

Syrian Opposition Leader Visits Wounded Countrymen in Israeli Hospital: ‘Assad Slaughters Us, You Heal Us’

An exiled Syrian rebel leader visited countrymen wounded in fighting being treated at...

Group Urges Bolivia to Ensure Safety of Dwindling Jewish Community September 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Group Urges Bolivia to Ensure Safety of Dwindling Jewish Community

Antisemitic graffiti in Venezuela. Photo: wiki commons. After a dynamite attack against...

Pope Francis, Jewish Leaders Mark Rosh Hashanah and Discuss Mideast Christians September 18, 2014 2:12 pm

Pope Francis, Jewish Leaders Mark Rosh Hashanah and Discuss Mideast Christians

JNS.org – Pope Francis on Wednesday hosted a delegation of 40 Jewish leaders to mark...

Israeli Official Says Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons Stockpiles September 18, 2014 2:11 pm

Israeli Official Says Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons Stockpiles

JNS.org – Syria is holding onto hidden stashes of chemical weapons despite publicly...

Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis September 18, 2014 2:10 pm

Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

JNS.org – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with the Israeli international...

Scottish Independence Could Escalate Anti-Israel Sentiment, Jews Fear September 18, 2014 2:09 pm

Scottish Independence Could Escalate Anti-Israel Sentiment, Jews Fear

JNS.org - While Scottish citizens as a whole appear to be evenly divided in their opinions...

‘Impressive’ Remains of Byzantine Monastery Unearthed Near Jerusalem September 18, 2014 2:08 pm

‘Impressive’ Remains of Byzantine Monastery Unearthed Near Jerusalem

JNS.org – Israeli archaeologists said they unearthed an “impressive” monastery...

Iran Shows ‘No Real Flexibility’ in Nuclear Talks, Israel Says September 18, 2014 12:53 pm

Iran Shows ‘No Real Flexibility’ in Nuclear Talks, Israel Says

JNS.org – Israel is “deeply concerned” because Iran is showing “no real flexibility”...

Kibbutz Near Gaza Celebrates Delayed Bar, Bat Mitzvahs September 18, 2014 12:53 pm

Kibbutz Near Gaza Celebrates Delayed Bar, Bat Mitzvahs

JNS.org – After three postponements due to rocket fire during Operation Protective...

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO) September 18, 2014 10:55 am

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Footage of an Orthodox Jewish man high-fiving unsuspecting cab-hailers in New York City is...

Top Israeli Journalist Exposes ‘Industry of Lies’ in International and Local Media (VIDEO) September 18, 2014 10:40 am

Top Israeli Journalist Exposes ‘Industry of Lies’ in International and Local Media (VIDEO)

A veteran Israeli investigative journalist, known for decades of hard hitting local reporting,...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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