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Cambridge Referendum Calling to Break Ties With National Student Union Over ‘Antisemitic’ President Narrowly Defeated May 27, 2016 1:36 pm

Cambridge Referendum Calling to Break Ties With National Student Union Over ‘Antisemitic’ President Narrowly Defeated

Britain’s Cambridge University narrowly voted to remain a member of the National Student...

Brussels Jewish Museum Holds Multi-Faith Memorial for Terror Victims May 26, 2016 9:05 am

Brussels Jewish Museum Holds Multi-Faith Memorial for Terror Victims

JNS.org – The Brussels-based Jewish Museum of Belgium convened representatives of different...

Jewish Woman Injured in Stabbing Attack at Amsterdam Kosher Restaurant May 25, 2016 1:57 pm

Jewish Woman Injured in Stabbing Attack at Amsterdam Kosher Restaurant

A Dutch-Jewish woman was injured in a stabbing attack at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish...

Swiss Bill Calls on Government to Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs May 25, 2016 12:55 pm

Swiss Bill Calls on Government to Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

JNS.org – A Swiss lawmaker has introduced a bill — with the support of 41 Members...

Controversy Erupts at Cannes as Disgraced Actor Mel Gibson Presents Film Award to ‘Virulently Anti-Israel’ Director May 25, 2016 7:43 am

Controversy Erupts at Cannes as Disgraced Actor Mel Gibson Presents Film Award to ‘Virulently Anti-Israel’ Director

Controversy erupted on Sunday after disgraced actor Mel Gibson presented an award to an...

Hull University Becomes Third UK School to Disaffiliate From National Union of Students Over ‘Antisemitic’ New President May 25, 2016 7:31 am

Hull University Becomes Third UK School to Disaffiliate From National Union of Students Over ‘Antisemitic’ New President

Hull University on Tuesday became the third school in Britain to disaffiliate from the country’s...

European Jewish Leaders Express Relief Over Narrow Loss of Far-Right Candidate in Austrian Elections May 24, 2016 11:01 pm

European Jewish Leaders Express Relief Over Narrow Loss of Far-Right Candidate in Austrian Elections

European Jewish leaders expressed their relief on Tuesday after the narrow loss of the far-right...

Jewish Watchdog Groups in Britain Seriously Skeptical About Labour Party’s Antisemitism Probe May 24, 2016 8:12 am

Jewish Watchdog Groups in Britain Seriously Skeptical About Labour Party’s Antisemitism Probe

Representatives of two Jewish watchdog groups in the UK told The Algemeiner on Monday why...

Amid Increased Terror Warnings, London’s Heathrow Airport Considers Implementing Israeli Security Measures May 23, 2016 1:59 pm

Amid Increased Terror Warnings, London’s Heathrow Airport Considers Implementing Israeli Security Measures

JNS.org – Due to increased warnings of potential Islamic State terror attacks in Europe,...

British Feminist Historian Spurns Israeli Cash Prize on ‘Political’ Grounds May 23, 2016 9:57 am

British Feminist Historian Spurns Israeli Cash Prize on ‘Political’ Grounds

JNS.org – British feminist historian Catherine Hall of University College London declined...

French PM Calls on Netanyahu to ‘Show Some Faith’ in Peace Initiative May 22, 2016 9:46 am

French PM Calls on Netanyahu to ‘Show Some Faith’ in Peace Initiative

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday said that “Netanyahu must show some faith”...

Austrian Presidential Hopeful Accused of Exaggerating Story of Temple Mount Shooting May 22, 2016 2:14 am

Austrian Presidential Hopeful Accused of Exaggerating Story of Temple Mount Shooting

During an election debate on Thursday night, Austrian presidential hopeful Norbert Hofer...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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