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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...

Venture Fund Backed by Big Name Angels Invests in Israeli Tech November 22, 2013 2:57 pm

Venture Fund Backed by Big Name Angels Invests in Israeli Tech

The Genesis Angels fund, which is chaired by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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