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U.S. Sidelines Israel in $13 Billion Polish Missile Defense Deal May 15, 2014 9:19 am

U.S. Sidelines Israel in $13 Billion Polish Missile Defense Deal

Reuters – Israel is poised to lose out on a deal valued at up to $13 billion to build...

Jill Abramson Fired From New York Times Following ‘Management’ Issues, Publisher Says May 15, 2014 9:18 am

Jill Abramson Fired From New York Times Following ‘Management’ Issues, Publisher Says

Politico – New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was abruptly fired from the...

U.S. FDA Approves Israeli Company’s Lung Cancer Scanning System; Shares Surge 18% on TASE May 14, 2014 6:04 pm

U.S. FDA Approves Israeli Company’s Lung Cancer Scanning System; Shares Surge 18% on TASE

Shares of Israeli biotech firm BioView surged 18.7% to NIS 3.45 on Wednesday after the...

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...

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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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  • 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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