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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 a...

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 Israeli...

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 to Union...

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...

Starbucks in Talks to Buy Stake in Israel’s SodaStream April 23, 2014 1:33 pm

Starbucks in Talks to Buy Stake in Israel’s SodaStream

JNS.org – American global coffee giant Starbucks is reportedly in talks with the Israel-based...

Survey: In 2013, 1,000 Start-Ups Founded in Israel; For Each Start-Up That Closes, Two More Launch April 11, 2014 11:34 am

Survey: In 2013, 1,000 Start-Ups Founded in Israel; For Each Start-Up That Closes, Two More Launch

A survey of Israel’s start-up eco-system revealed on Friday that 1,000 nascent ventures...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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