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Jewish Schools in Holland, Belgium Closed Following Anti-Terror Raid January 16, 2015 10:21 am

Jewish Schools in Holland, Belgium Closed Following Anti-Terror Raid

Reuters – The only Orthodox Jewish school in the Netherlands was closed on Friday as...

Kerry Lays Wreath at Paris HyperCacher Market in Memory of Jewish Terror Victims January 16, 2015 10:18 am

Kerry Lays Wreath at Paris HyperCacher Market in Memory of Jewish Terror Victims

The Telegraph – US Secretary of State John Kerry honored his pledge to give “Paris...

Belgium Anti-Terror Raid Highlights Security Fears Within Jewish Community January 15, 2015 6:39 pm

Belgium Anti-Terror Raid Highlights Security Fears Within Jewish Community

The death of two jihadis in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium has again highlighted...

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Identifies Fight Against Antisemitism as ‘Major National Cause,’ Vows to Maintain Heavy Security at Jewish Institutions January 15, 2015 4:35 pm

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Identifies Fight Against Antisemitism as ‘Major National Cause,’ Vows to Maintain Heavy Security at Jewish Institutions

Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls...

Muslim Hero of HyperCacher Siege to Receive French Citizenship January 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Muslim Hero of HyperCacher Siege to Receive French Citizenship

Lassana Bathily, the Malian national who rescued 15 people trapped in the terror siege at...

French Police Identify Fifth Suspected Accomplice in Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack January 15, 2015 10:54 am

French Police Identify Fifth Suspected Accomplice in Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack

Daily Mail – French security services have allegedly identified another suspected accomplice...

Swedish Jews Targeted by Islamist Groups, Receive Threats After Paris Terror Attacks January 15, 2015 10:53 am

Swedish Jews Targeted by Islamist Groups, Receive Threats After Paris Terror Attacks

The Local – Stockholm’s Jewish Community has received the bulk of the threats and...

Window of Jewish Library Near Lyon Smashed by Antisemitic Assailant Yelling ‘We Will Get The Jews’ January 14, 2015 6:22 pm

Window of Jewish Library Near Lyon Smashed by Antisemitic Assailant Yelling ‘We Will Get The Jews’

The window of a Jewish library in Villeurban, a suburb of the French city of Lyon, was smashed...

‘We Haven’t Shown Enough Outrage:’ French PM Issues Blistering Denunciation of Antisemitism (VIDEO) January 14, 2015 1:49 pm

‘We Haven’t Shown Enough Outrage:’ French PM Issues Blistering Denunciation of Antisemitism (VIDEO)

It was an electrifying moment: in a voice crackling with anger and pain, French Prime Minister...

Charlie Hebdo Print Run Increased to 5 Million as Latest Edition Sells Out in Minutes January 14, 2015 10:18 am

Charlie Hebdo Print Run Increased to 5 Million as Latest Edition Sells Out in Minutes

The Guardian – The planned print run of the first Charlie Hebdo magazine since last...

Leading British Politician Says Country’s Jews ‘Definitely’ Don’t Need to Move January 13, 2015 6:04 pm

Leading British Politician Says Country’s Jews ‘Definitely’ Don’t Need to Move

Prominent British politician William Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons, told members...

To Some French Muslims, ‘Magical Jews’ Masterminded Paris Terror Spree January 13, 2015 5:58 pm

To Some French Muslims, ‘Magical Jews’ Masterminded Paris Terror Spree

In a telling example of the perverse ability of anti-Semites to blame Jews and Israelis...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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