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Report: Pro-Russian Donetsk ‘People’s Governor’ Calls for Jews to ‘Register or be Deported’ April 16, 2014 10:14 pm

Report: Pro-Russian Donetsk ‘People’s Governor’ Calls for Jews to ‘Register or be Deported’

JNS.org - A flyer reportedly distributed on Passover to Jews in eastern Ukraine called on...

Nazi Memorabilia Sale Canceled by France Auction House April 16, 2014 1:00 pm

Nazi Memorabilia Sale Canceled by France Auction House

BBC – The memorabilia included Goering’s passport and a wooden chest marked with...

Warsaw Jewish Community Donates Food to Western Ukrainian Jews April 16, 2014 9:00 am

Warsaw Jewish Community Donates Food to Western Ukrainian Jews

JTA – The Jewish community of Warsaw donated food to Jews celebrating Passover in western...

Obama, Putin Talk as Ukraine Tensions Rise April 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Obama, Putin Talk as Ukraine Tensions Rise

Fox News – President Obama spoke with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday in the...

BBC Report: French Jews Are ‘Afraid to be Jewish’ (VIDEO) April 14, 2014 7:02 pm

BBC Report: French Jews Are ‘Afraid to be Jewish’ (VIDEO)

An increasing number of French Jews are moving to Israel because they are “afraid to...

High Street Retailer Topman Apologizes for Jacket Featuring Nazi SS Insignia April 14, 2014 2:45 pm

High Street Retailer Topman Apologizes for Jacket Featuring Nazi SS Insignia

High street fashion house Topman has apologized after a shopper discovered that a jacket sold...

London Teacher Threatens Jewish Student ‘I’ll Send You to One of Your Gas Chambers’ April 13, 2014 10:04 am

London Teacher Threatens Jewish Student ‘I’ll Send You to One of Your Gas Chambers’

A London teacher threatened to send a Jewish student to the gas chambers for cutting the lunch...

France’s Former First Lady Carla Bruni: I’m ‘Crazy About Israel’ April 12, 2014 9:28 pm

France’s Former First Lady Carla Bruni: I’m ‘Crazy About Israel’

Times of Israel – France’s former first lady Carla Bruni declared herself “crazy...

German Furniture Store Sells Hundreds of Hitler Coffee Mugs April 12, 2014 9:15 pm

German Furniture Store Sells Hundreds of Hitler Coffee Mugs

NBC News – A furniture store in western Germany sold nearly 200 coffee mugs bearing...

Norway, Denmark Take Steps to Preserve Legal Status of Circumcision April 12, 2014 1:00 pm

Norway, Denmark Take Steps to Preserve Legal Status of Circumcision

JTA – Resisting calls to ban the non-medical circumcision of boys, the governments of...

Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control Calls for Tying PA Aid to Human Rights, Economic Benchmarks April 10, 2014 11:13 am

Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control Calls for Tying PA Aid to Human Rights, Economic Benchmarks

The Palestinian Authority is the only body receiving European Union funds regardless of its...

Chief Rabbi Revealed to be Author of Pseudonymous Czech Science Fiction Bestseller April 10, 2014 10:51 am

Chief Rabbi Revealed to be Author of Pseudonymous Czech Science Fiction Bestseller

The pseudonymous author of one of the Czech Republic’s bestselling books this season...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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