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Israel Private Equity Deal Volume Up 141% in First Quarter to $349 Million May 14, 2014 11:55 am

Israel Private Equity Deal Volume Up 141% in First Quarter to $349 Million

Private equity funds invested $349 million in 12 Israeli deals in the first quarter of 2014,...

Israel Bourse Aims for 100 New Listings in 5 Years; to Double Trading Volumes May 13, 2014 4:36 pm

Israel Bourse Aims for 100 New Listings in 5 Years; to Double Trading Volumes

Yossi Beinart, the new CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, on Tuesday said his goal is to...

Israelis Create ‘Electronic Guide Dog’ for the Blind (VIDEO) May 12, 2014 9:15 pm

Israelis Create ‘Electronic Guide Dog’ for the Blind (VIDEO)

Three students from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Israel’s Technion Institute...

Netanyahu Talks Israeli Technology in Japan May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Netanyahu Talks Israeli Technology in Japan

JNS.org – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Japan on Sunday, kicking off...

Israel’s Chief Scientist Bringing Innovation Economy to Israeli Arabs With 200 Hours Start-Up Consulting, 85% R&D Funding (INTERVIEW) May 11, 2014 3:01 pm

Israel’s Chief Scientist Bringing Innovation Economy to Israeli Arabs With 200 Hours Start-Up Consulting, 85% R&D Funding (INTERVIEW)

The Israeli government is taking bold steps to integrate Israeli Arabs into the ‘Start-Up...

Major Manhattan Real Estate Developer Seeks to Raise Money in Israel May 11, 2014 12:01 pm

Major Manhattan Real Estate Developer Seeks to Raise Money in Israel

Gary Barnett, the Manhattan real estate developer, is seeking to raise up to NIS 700 million...

Jewish Home for Elderly Joins Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel May 9, 2014 2:18 pm

Jewish Home for Elderly Joins Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel

The Reseda-based Jewish Home for the Aging has joined a protest against harsh new laws imposed...

Israel PM Netanyahu Awards Prize for Non-Profit Innovation to Appleseeds Academy May 8, 2014 12:12 pm

Israel PM Netanyahu Awards Prize for Non-Profit Innovation to Appleseeds Academy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday awarded his Prize for Initiatives...

Ellen DeGeneres Buys Israeli Grandmothers Show Format; NBC Buys Spy Drama Based on Israeli Series May 7, 2014 2:06 pm

Ellen DeGeneres Buys Israeli Grandmothers Show Format; NBC Buys Spy Drama Based on Israeli Series

Ellen DeGeneres’s production company, A Very Good Production, bought the rights to...

Israel’s Foreign Currency Reserves Reach Record $86 Billion at End-April May 7, 2014 1:47 pm

Israel’s Foreign Currency Reserves Reach Record $86 Billion at End-April

Israel’s foreign currency reserves climbed to a record $86.5 billion at the end of April,...

Noble Energy to Sell Israel Gas to Egypt for Export May 6, 2014 9:33 am

Noble Energy to Sell Israel Gas to Egypt for Export

Bloomberg – Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) plans to sell gas from Israel’s Tamar field...

Israeli Tech Companies Raise $643 Million in First Quarter 2014, Up 53% From 2013 April 30, 2014 12:56 pm

Israeli Tech Companies Raise $643 Million in First Quarter 2014, Up 53% From 2013

Israeli technology companies raised $643 million in new capital in the first quarter, up...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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