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Ha’aretz Economy Editor: Anti-Israel Boycotts Are ‘Creature of the Media’s Imagination’ February 28, 2014 1:17 pm

Ha’aretz Economy Editor: Anti-Israel Boycotts Are ‘Creature of the Media’s Imagination’

In a recent Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, David Rosenberg, economics editor and a columnist for...

Wealthiest Israeli Ranks 206th on World Billionaire List With $6.7 Billion Fortune February 27, 2014 11:41 am

Wealthiest Israeli Ranks 206th on World Billionaire List With $6.7 Billion Fortune

The highest ranking Israeli on China’s Hurun magazine’s annual list of the world’s...

Israeli Economy Minister Bennett Hails ‘Turning Point’ in China’s Economic Relations With Israel February 26, 2014 11:16 am

Israeli Economy Minister Bennett Hails ‘Turning Point’ in China’s Economic Relations With Israel

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday hailed a “turning point”...

Canadian-Jewish Developer Buys Tel Aviv Seaside Penthouse for NIS 110M (PHOTOS) February 25, 2014 12:47 pm

Canadian-Jewish Developer Buys Tel Aviv Seaside Penthouse for NIS 110M (PHOTOS)

A Canadian-Jewish real estate developer bought a penthouse in Tel Aviv’s seafront 10...

Israeli Cyber Exports Three Times Greater Than United Kingdom’s February 23, 2014 9:51 pm

Israeli Cyber Exports Three Times Greater Than United Kingdom’s

Exports by Israeli companies in the cyber field were estimated to be three times greater than...

U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale February 17, 2014 1:03 pm

U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale

The Israeli-American Shabtai family will earn some $496 million for their 55.2% stake in Israeli...

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa February 16, 2014 2:08 pm

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa

Social media company Twitter announced on Friday that it has expanded its Twitter Trends...

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million February 14, 2014 10:58 am

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million

JNS.org – The Israeli-founded voice and video communications app Viber has been purchased...

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’ February 12, 2014 8:21 pm

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday praised former Cyota colleague, Michal...

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire February 12, 2014 11:54 am

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire

Hackers on Tuesday took over the websites of the Las Vegas Sands Casino empire, uploading...

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva February 11, 2014 11:35 am

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva

JNS.org – Negotiations for control of Israeli dairy cooperative Tnuva are moving forward,...

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO) February 10, 2014 3:18 pm

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO)

The UK’s Telegraph newspaper recently featured several mobile phone apps that were...

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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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