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Jewish Organization in France Asks Visiting Iranian President to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day to ‘Demonstrate Genuine Desire to Reconcile With West’ January 27, 2016 4:25 pm

Jewish Organization in France Asks Visiting Iranian President to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day to ‘Demonstrate Genuine Desire to Reconcile With West’

Jewish leaders in France invited the Iranian president to attend a ceremony commemorating...

Hitler Teddy Bear in Norwegian Health Campaign Enrages Jewish Groups, Causes Banning of Ad January 27, 2016 3:32 pm

Hitler Teddy Bear in Norwegian Health Campaign Enrages Jewish Groups, Causes Banning of Ad

An ad featuring a teddy bear resembling Adolf Hitler was recently banned in Norway, after...

Italian Newspaper Distributes Kippot on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Show of Solidarity With European Jews January 27, 2016 3:12 pm

Italian Newspaper Distributes Kippot on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Show of Solidarity With European Jews

An Italian newspaper distributed white yarmulkes with its daily edition on Wednesday as...

UK Jewish Leader on ‘Striking’ New Holocaust Monument: ‘Permanent Statement of Our Values as a Nation’ January 27, 2016 2:47 pm

UK Jewish Leader on ‘Striking’ New Holocaust Monument: ‘Permanent Statement of Our Values as a Nation’

The new Holocaust memorial announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday...

EU Parliament President ‘Angered’ That ‘Holocaust Deniers Sit Among Us;’ Says ‘Without the Jews, Europe Would Not Be Europe’ January 27, 2016 1:39 pm

EU Parliament President ‘Angered’ That ‘Holocaust Deniers Sit Among Us;’ Says ‘Without the Jews, Europe Would Not Be Europe’

The president of the European Parliament said he was angered by the presence of Holocaust...

‘I’d Rather Be Jewish Than Muslim’ in Britain Today, Says UK Talk-Radio Host January 26, 2016 5:31 am

‘I’d Rather Be Jewish Than Muslim’ in Britain Today, Says UK Talk-Radio Host

A UK talk-radio host said he would “rather be Jewish than Muslim at the moment in...

London Mayor Boris Johnson Joins Campaign Against Antisemitism January 26, 2016 5:13 am

London Mayor Boris Johnson Joins Campaign Against Antisemitism

London Mayor Boris Johnson on Monday joined hundreds of US mayors and dozens of European...

London Politician Concerned Over Lack of Arrests for ‘Ugly’ Anti-Israel Protest at King’s College January 24, 2016 4:19 pm

London Politician Concerned Over Lack of Arrests for ‘Ugly’ Anti-Israel Protest at King’s College

A London mayoral candidate has expressed dismay at what he considers a lack of response on...

Orthodox Jew in Ukraine Fights With Militias Against Pro-Russian Insurgents January 24, 2016 11:14 am

Orthodox Jew in Ukraine Fights With Militias Against Pro-Russian Insurgents

Asher Cherkasskiy lived a modest life in peaceful southern Ukraine, observing Orthodox Jewish...

Merkel Says Antisemitism More Widespread in Germany Than Commonly Thought January 23, 2016 8:10 pm

Merkel Says Antisemitism More Widespread in Germany Than Commonly Thought

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says anti-Semitism is “more widespread” in Germany...

Manchester Authorities Take Tram Out of Service After Swastikas Discovered Scrawled on Seat January 22, 2016 12:51 pm

Manchester Authorities Take Tram Out of Service After Swastikas Discovered Scrawled on Seat

The word Nazi and crude swastikas were scrawled in permanent marker onto a seat on the Manchester,...

Slovenian Supermarket Chain Backs Out of BDS-Inspired Boycott of Israel January 21, 2016 1:54 pm

Slovenian Supermarket Chain Backs Out of BDS-Inspired Boycott of Israel

JNS.org – The largest Slovenian supermarket chain, Mercator, has reneged on its earlier...

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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  • Music US & Canada Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular US rapper that includes lyrics promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and cites a Holocaust denier, The Algemeiner has learned. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was responding to Tuesday’s release of B.o.B’s “Flatline,” the lyrics of which include: “But before you try to curve it, do your research on David Irving; Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kippa.” Irving is a historian who has questioned […]

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