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Thousands of Personal Belongings of Jews Slaughtered in Auschwitz Recovered in ‘Historic’ Find June 9, 2016 4:21 am

Thousands of Personal Belongings of Jews Slaughtered in Auschwitz Recovered in ‘Historic’ Find

More than 16,000 lost items belonging to Jewish inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration...

Outrage Over Special Labeling for French Passports of Jews on Aliyah; Residence Listed as ‘Israel/Palestinian Territories’ June 8, 2016 5:23 pm

Outrage Over Special Labeling for French Passports of Jews on Aliyah; Residence Listed as ‘Israel/Palestinian Territories’

Prominent Jews expressed outrage this week over new French Foreign Ministry “software”...

British Actor Calls ‘Daily Mail’ to Task for Headline Specifying Jewishness of Hikers Stranded on Dover Beach (VIDEO) June 7, 2016 2:54 pm

British Actor Calls ‘Daily Mail’ to Task for Headline Specifying Jewishness of Hikers Stranded on Dover Beach (VIDEO)

British-Jewish actor Matt Lucas took the UK’s Daily Mail to task on Tuesday for its...

Human Rights Group Slams Mayor of German City for Inaction Against ‘Nazi-Style’ Tactics by Local Pro-BDS Group June 6, 2016 2:26 pm

Human Rights Group Slams Mayor of German City for Inaction Against ‘Nazi-Style’ Tactics by Local Pro-BDS Group

Government inaction against an anti-Israel group in Bremen, Germany are reminiscent of Nazi...

Swedish Nun Canonized by Catholic Church for Hiding Jews in Convent During WWII June 5, 2016 2:44 pm

Swedish Nun Canonized by Catholic Church for Hiding Jews in Convent During WWII

A Swedish nun who hid Jews in her convent in Rome during World War II was canonized as a saint...

France’s Hollande: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Must Take ‘Entire Region’ Into Account June 3, 2016 4:26 pm

France’s Hollande: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Must Take ‘Entire Region’ Into Account

JNS.org – French President Francois Hollande on Friday launched a conference intended...

Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi: ‘Antisemitism So Socially Unacceptable, It Can Only Survive Like a Virus, by Mutating’ (VIDEO) June 2, 2016 7:08 pm

Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi: ‘Antisemitism So Socially Unacceptable, It Can Only Survive Like a Virus, by Mutating’ (VIDEO)

“Antisemitism is so socially unacceptable that it can only survive the way a virus survives,...

Spanish Court Invalidates City’s Resolution to Boycott Israel June 2, 2016 1:00 pm

Spanish Court Invalidates City’s Resolution to Boycott Israel

JNS.org – In a blow to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Spain,...

Pope Francis Tells Israeli Musician to ‘Never React’ When Provoked June 2, 2016 11:34 am

Pope Francis Tells Israeli Musician to ‘Never React’ When Provoked

JNS.org – Pope Francis on Monday told an Israeli musician to “never react” when...

Israel is ‘Eternal Enemy’ of Greeks and Christians, Greek Lawmaker Says June 2, 2016 11:30 am

Israel is ‘Eternal Enemy’ of Greeks and Christians, Greek Lawmaker Says

JNS.org – Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has asked the country’s Justice Ministry...

Critics of London Eruv Proposal Say Construction May Lead to ‘Ghettoization’ June 1, 2016 3:10 pm

Critics of London Eruv Proposal Say Construction May Lead to ‘Ghettoization’

A proposal to build an eruv — a ritual enclosure constructed of posts and wire —...

Injured Jewish Veteran Had to ‘Pinch Herself’ After Winning Medal at UK Sporting Event Created by Prince Harry June 1, 2016 2:56 pm

Injured Jewish Veteran Had to ‘Pinch Herself’ After Winning Medal at UK Sporting Event Created by Prince Harry

An injured Jewish veteran from the United Kingdom said she “just couldn’t believe...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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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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