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UK Chief Rabbi Among Hundreds of Election-Day Voters Turned Away From Polling Stations in North London May 5, 2016 9:15 am

UK Chief Rabbi Among Hundreds of Election-Day Voters Turned Away From Polling Stations in North London

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among hundreds of Barnet residents who...

British Jew Recounts Having to Flee His London Neighborhood After Enduring More Than 100 Antisemitic Assaults May 5, 2016 7:45 am

British Jew Recounts Having to Flee His London Neighborhood After Enduring More Than 100 Antisemitic Assaults

A Jewish man was forced to flee his East End neighborhood in London after being physically...

Jewish-Catholic School to Open in Scotland Considered First of Its Kind May 5, 2016 7:25 am

Jewish-Catholic School to Open in Scotland Considered First of Its Kind

A new school campus opening in western Scotland that will unite Jewish and Catholic students...

Legal Group Claims ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Against Israel Boycotter Kuwait Airways After Decision to Halt Inter-European Routes May 4, 2016 10:28 pm

Legal Group Claims ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Against Israel Boycotter Kuwait Airways After Decision to Halt Inter-European Routes

A nonprofit legal think tank is taking credit for an “extraordinary victory” against...

German TV Producer Under Investigation for Swastika-Shaped Schnitzel Meme on Show’s Facebook Page May 4, 2016 7:13 pm

German TV Producer Under Investigation for Swastika-Shaped Schnitzel Meme on Show’s Facebook Page

The producer of a primetime television program in Germany is being investigated for posting...

In Parliament, British Prime Minister Cameron Repeatedly Attacks Labour Leader Corbyn for Calling Terrorist Organizations Hamas, Hezbollah ‘Friends’ (VIDEO) May 4, 2016 6:47 pm

In Parliament, British Prime Minister Cameron Repeatedly Attacks Labour Leader Corbyn for Calling Terrorist Organizations Hamas, Hezbollah ‘Friends’ (VIDEO)

Britain’s prime minister launched a public attack on the head of the opposition Labour Party...

British Watchdog Calls Labour Antisemitism Probe Into Question Over Stance of Vice Chairman May 3, 2016 4:44 pm

British Watchdog Calls Labour Antisemitism Probe Into Question Over Stance of Vice Chairman

The vice chairman of an independent probe on antisemitism in Britain’s Labour Party...

British Jewish Campus Activist: Cambridge Referendum on Severing Ties With National Union of Students Is a Statement Against Antisemitic Rhetoric May 3, 2016 4:19 pm

British Jewish Campus Activist: Cambridge Referendum on Severing Ties With National Union of Students Is a Statement Against Antisemitic Rhetoric

Cambridge University is affirming its stance against antisemitism with the passing of a...

UK’s Labour Party Antisemitism Scandal Widens With 50 Suspensions May 3, 2016 9:54 am

UK’s Labour Party Antisemitism Scandal Widens With 50 Suspensions

JNS.org – The scandal surrounding antisemitism in the United Kingdom’s Labour...

British Labour Party Suspends Another Member for Suggesting Israel Should ‘Relocate’ as Corbyn Denies Antisemitism Crisis May 2, 2016 10:01 am

British Labour Party Suspends Another Member for Suggesting Israel Should ‘Relocate’ as Corbyn Denies Antisemitism Crisis

JNS.org – The scandal surrounding antisemitism in the United Kingdom’s Labour...

Germany Denies Reconsidering Unwavering Support for Israel May 2, 2016 9:57 am

Germany Denies Reconsidering Unwavering Support for Israel

JNS.org – A German government official is denying a report by the German magazine Der...

Hungary Arrests 2 Suspects in Connection With Murder of Israeli May 2, 2016 9:40 am

Hungary Arrests 2 Suspects in Connection With Murder of Israeli

JNS.org – The body of a missing 40-year-old Israeli man was found in a forest in southern...

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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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