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Iran Crude Oil Exports Rise by Over 11% in November December 13, 2013 12:09 pm

Iran Crude Oil Exports Rise by Over 11% in November

Iran’s crude oil exports had already been growing, before the agreement in Geneva last...

Analysis: Israel’s Economic Dominance of the Middle East; Foreign Currency Reserves Dwarf Neighbors December 8, 2013 4:20 pm

Analysis: Israel’s Economic Dominance of the Middle East; Foreign Currency Reserves Dwarf Neighbors

The Bank of Israel said on Friday that foreign currency reserves hit a record $80.59 billion...

Bank Hapoalim in Talks to Buy Israel Discount Bank’s US Operation December 6, 2013 1:30 pm

Bank Hapoalim in Talks to Buy Israel Discount Bank’s US Operation

Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, said on Friday it is in talks to acquire Israel...

Israel’s Mobli Takes On Instagram in the Battle for Picture Posting December 5, 2013 9:08 pm

Israel’s Mobli Takes On Instagram in the Battle for Picture Posting

Israel’s Mobli web picture sharing service is taking on Instagram, the U.S.-based leader,...

Porsche Macan Now Being Marketed in Israel December 4, 2013 9:23 pm

Porsche Macan Now Being Marketed in Israel

Porsche unveiled the Macan, a compact crossover that the company hopes will kick-start sales....

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, Shanghai’s Integrated Circuit Consortium in Alliance December 4, 2013 12:16 am

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, Shanghai’s Integrated Circuit Consortium in Alliance

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TSEM; TASE: TSEM) said on Tuesday that it signed...

Israeli Start-Up Alcobra Develops New Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder December 2, 2013 3:26 pm

Israeli Start-Up Alcobra Develops New Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder

Israeli pharmaceutical start-up Alcobra Pharmaceuticals is listed on the NASDAQ electronic...

Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim: ‘We Will Continue to Invest in Israel’ November 29, 2013 1:54 pm

Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim: ‘We Will Continue to Invest in Israel’

The world’s second-wealthiest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said he plans to...

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Newest Shareholder in Fashion Eyewear Line November 27, 2013 4:19 pm

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Newest Shareholder in Fashion Eyewear Line

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is the face of fashion eyewear company Carolina Lemke Berlin,...

Israeli Mathematicians Connect Mysterious Bitcoin Founder to Silk Road’s ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ (UPDATE) November 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Israeli Mathematicians Connect Mysterious Bitcoin Founder to Silk Road’s ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ (UPDATE)

Israeli mathematicians Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir, from the Weizmann Institute, have used the...

Noble Energy Says it Prefers to Sell Leviathan Gas Regionally November 24, 2013 2:15 pm

Noble Energy Says it Prefers to Sell Leviathan Gas Regionally

Noble Energy said on Saturday that the company preferred selling natural gas from Israel’s...

Apple Closes Deal to Acquire Israel’s PrimeSense for $350 Million November 24, 2013 1:32 pm

Apple Closes Deal to Acquire Israel’s PrimeSense for $350 Million

Tech giant Apple Inc. and Israel’s PrimeSense closed a deal on Friday that will see...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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