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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...

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...

Israel Chief Scientist to Host Innovation Conference for Arab, Bedouin, Circassian Communities April 6, 2014 9:33 am

Israel Chief Scientist to Host Innovation Conference for Arab, Bedouin, Circassian Communities

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and technology executives from Israel’s Arab, Bedouin and...

Israeli Mutual Funds Raise $2 Billion in March, Highest Inflow Since January 2002 April 3, 2014 7:59 am

Israeli Mutual Funds Raise $2 Billion in March, Highest Inflow Since January 2002

The stock market rally in Israel has encouraged more investment in Tel Aviv’s mutual...

Egyptian Entrepreneur Laments Lack of Open Business With Israel April 3, 2014 6:47 am

Egyptian Entrepreneur Laments Lack of Open Business With Israel

An Egyptian entrepreneur said he resents his country’s hostility to Israel which prevents...

Australian Company Delays Signing Landmark Israeli Gas Field Agreement March 28, 2014 9:23 am

Australian Company Delays Signing Landmark Israeli Gas Field Agreement

Reuters – Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd has delayed signing a landmark agreement...

Israel Aerospace Industries Order Book at $10 Billion March 27, 2014 4:02 pm

Israel Aerospace Industries Order Book at $10 Billion

Israel’s primary aerospace and aviation manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.,...

10 Groups Bid to Export Israel’s Leviathan Gas to Turkey; Deal Worth $22-$31 Billion March 24, 2014 12:55 pm

10 Groups Bid to Export Israel’s Leviathan Gas to Turkey; Deal Worth $22-$31 Billion

At least 10 bids have been received in a tender by the partners in Israel’s Leviathan...

Blackstone Eyeing Deals in Israel; May Consider Opening Local Office March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

Blackstone Eyeing Deals in Israel; May Consider Opening Local Office

The Blackstone Group LP private equity investor is studying several large deals in Israel...

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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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  • 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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