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Poll: 63 Percent of British Jews Question Future in Country Amid Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks August 15, 2014 6:28 am

Poll: 63 Percent of British Jews Question Future in Country Amid Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks

Well over half of all British Jews are now re-considering their future presence in the United...

Britain Threatens to Suspend Arms Export Licenses to Israel if Fighting Resumes in Gaza August 14, 2014 6:44 am

Britain Threatens to Suspend Arms Export Licenses to Israel if Fighting Resumes in Gaza

JNS.org – The British government may restrict some arms shipments to Israel if the fighting...

Belfast Plaque Marking Birth Home of Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog Removed August 13, 2014 7:09 pm

Belfast Plaque Marking Birth Home of Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog Removed

JNS.org - A blue plaque marking the birth home of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog...

Vatican Hints at Breaking Interfaith Relations With Muslim Leaders Over Christian Slaughter August 13, 2014 11:02 am

Vatican Hints at Breaking Interfaith Relations With Muslim Leaders Over Christian Slaughter

JNS.org – The Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to “unequivocally condemn”...

Jewish Group Calls on French Interior Minister to Rename ‘Death to the Jews’ Town August 12, 2014 10:18 pm

Jewish Group Calls on French Interior Minister to Rename ‘Death to the Jews’ Town

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded on Monday that a French village...

German Authorities Concerned Over Potential Jihadist Terrorism August 12, 2014 10:21 am

German Authorities Concerned Over Potential Jihadist Terrorism

JNS.org – Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) terror...

Jews Around the World Mourn Death of Actor, Comedian Robin Williams August 12, 2014 10:15 am

Jews Around the World Mourn Death of Actor, Comedian Robin Williams

JNS.org – The Jewish community mourned the loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams,...

Petition Urges Charges Against British MP Galloway for Banning ‘Israel’ From Bradford – Israelis Flout  Ban (VIDEO) August 11, 2014 11:24 am

Petition Urges Charges Against British MP Galloway for Banning ‘Israel’ From Bradford – Israelis Flout Ban (VIDEO)

Nearly 5,000 people have signed an online petition to encourage British police to charge Parliament...

BBC Wakes Up to Hamas’s Exaggerations, Warning ‘Caution Needed With Gaza Casualty Figures’ August 8, 2014 11:04 am

BBC Wakes Up to Hamas’s Exaggerations, Warning ‘Caution Needed With Gaza Casualty Figures’

After a month of reporting a one-sided story focused on the “disproportionality”...

Israeli Columnist in London Probes Why UK is Fascinated With Hamas as Underdog, its One-Sided Media and ‘Death to All Juice’ August 7, 2014 7:27 pm

Israeli Columnist in London Probes Why UK is Fascinated With Hamas as Underdog, its One-Sided Media and ‘Death to All Juice’

Israeli columnist Dror Feuer jumped at the chance for a long-weekend in London as a break...

London Theater Refuses to Host Jewish Film Festival Over Israeli Funding August 7, 2014 7:10 pm

London Theater Refuses to Host Jewish Film Festival Over Israeli Funding

JNS.org – Citing the recent conflict in Gaza, the Tricycle Theater in London is refusing...

SWC: Raoul Wallenberg Saved 100,000 Jews From Nazi Gas Chambers, Why Can’t Swedish Authorities Protect 700 Jewish Citizens? August 5, 2014 11:57 am

SWC: Raoul Wallenberg Saved 100,000 Jews From Nazi Gas Chambers, Why Can’t Swedish Authorities Protect 700 Jewish Citizens?

Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday asked how famed humanitarian...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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