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Big Gains Expected for Far Right in Local French Elections March 22, 2014 11:01 pm

Big Gains Expected for Far Right in Local French Elections

Yahoo – France goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of local elections set...

British Schools Beset by Islamists; Open Letter Exposes Plan to End Secular Public Education March 20, 2014 7:09 am

British Schools Beset by Islamists; Open Letter Exposes Plan to End Secular Public Education

Public schools in Birmingham, UK, have been beset by Islamists who are pressuring principals...

Fire Breaks Out at Anne Frank’s Former Amsterdam Home March 20, 2014 12:47 am

Fire Breaks Out at Anne Frank’s Former Amsterdam Home

A fire broke out at the Amsterdam apartment where Jewish holocaust victim and famed diarist...

Crimea Unrest Witnessed Up Close by Chabad Rabbi March 18, 2014 9:58 pm

Crimea Unrest Witnessed Up Close by Chabad Rabbi

JNS.org – While the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Jews in the disputed region...

In Referendum, Crimea Voters Overwhelmingly Support Joining Russia March 17, 2014 9:59 am

In Referendum, Crimea Voters Overwhelmingly Support Joining Russia

JNS.org – Results of the Crimea referendum held Sunday show that 95.7 percent of the voters...

Jewish Cemetery in Hungary Vandalized With Swastikas and Anti-Semitic Slurs (PHOTOS) March 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Jewish Cemetery in Hungary Vandalized With Swastikas and Anti-Semitic Slurs (PHOTOS)

Unidentified vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Hungary last week spray-painting swastikas...

Tense Calm in Crimea Ahead of Sunday Referendum, Local Jews Say March 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Tense Calm in Crimea Ahead of Sunday Referendum, Local Jews Say

Times of Israel – Nearly two million Crimeans will be called to the polls on Sunday,...

Kiev Rabbi Assaulted in Suspected Anti-Semitic Attack March 14, 2014 8:09 am

Kiev Rabbi Assaulted in Suspected Anti-Semitic Attack

JTA – Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The...

Christian-Jewish Aid Group Increases Support for Beleaguered Ukrainian Jews March 13, 2014 8:37 pm

Christian-Jewish Aid Group Increases Support for Beleaguered Ukrainian Jews

JNS.org – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has announced an...

‘Dirty Jew, Go Home to Israel:’ Jewish Girl in France Attacked by Arab Mother and Daughter March 12, 2014 3:14 pm

‘Dirty Jew, Go Home to Israel:’ Jewish Girl in France Attacked by Arab Mother and Daughter

A young Jewish woman was recently assaulted at a laundromat in a suburb of Lyon, France by...

UK PM Cameron Urged to Acknowledge Israel as Jewish State on First Trip to Holy Land March 12, 2014 9:42 am

UK PM Cameron Urged to Acknowledge Israel as Jewish State on First Trip to Holy Land

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged by Jewish supporters to formally acknowledge...

Yeshiva Student’s Jokes Draw Smile From Queen’s Guard (VIDEO) March 11, 2014 11:47 pm

Yeshiva Student’s Jokes Draw Smile From Queen’s Guard (VIDEO)

A yeshiva student visiting London drew a rare smile from one of the Queen’s guards on...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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