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Ukrainian Yeshiva Students Receive Draft Notices March 4, 2014 5:01 pm

Ukrainian Yeshiva Students Receive Draft Notices

Students from several of Kiev’s yeshiva schools received draft notices as part of the...

Ukrainian Jewish Leaders Blame Russian Occupation for Synagogue Attacks March 4, 2014 3:11 pm

Ukrainian Jewish Leaders Blame Russian Occupation for Synagogue Attacks

Ukrainian Jewish leaders believe Russian operatives are behind recent vandalism against community...

Russian President Putin ‘Reserves the Right’ to Take Military Action in Ukraine March 4, 2014 10:52 am

Russian President Putin ‘Reserves the Right’ to Take Military Action in Ukraine

The New York Times — Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, in his first comments since the...

Ukraine Says Russia Has Extended Control Over Crimea Region March 3, 2014 11:37 am

Ukraine Says Russia Has Extended Control Over Crimea Region

WSJ – Ukraine accused the Kremlin on Monday of violently seizing border posts and making...

‘Very Tense’ Situation for Ukrainian Jews, Says Country’s Chief Rabbi March 3, 2014 11:26 am

‘Very Tense’ Situation for Ukrainian Jews, Says Country’s Chief Rabbi

JNS.org – The Jewish community in Ukraine is feeling the strain of the country’s revolution,...

Ukraine Mobilizes Army After Russian ‘Declaration of War’ March 2, 2014 12:03 pm

Ukraine Mobilizes Army After Russian ‘Declaration of War’

Reuters – Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Ex-IDF Soldier Leads Kiev Street Fighting Unit March 1, 2014 1:00 pm

Ex-IDF Soldier Leads Kiev Street Fighting Unit

JTA – He calls his troops “the Blue Helmets of Maidan,” but brown is the color of...

Ukraine Synagogue in Crimea Spray Painted With ‘Death to the Jews’ February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Ukraine Synagogue in Crimea Spray Painted With ‘Death to the Jews’

JNS.org - A news website from Crimea, a Ukrainian region that is now the site of clashes...

Rabbi Asks Netanyahu, Ya’alon to Send Forces to Protect Ukrainian Jews February 27, 2014 7:24 pm

Rabbi Asks Netanyahu, Ya’alon to Send Forces to Protect Ukrainian Jews

JNS.org - General Director of the European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin...

British Soccer Star Anelka Handed 5-Match Ban and £80,000 Fine for Anti-Semitic ‘Quenelle’ Salute February 27, 2014 2:08 pm

British Soccer Star Anelka Handed 5-Match Ban and £80,000 Fine for Anti-Semitic ‘Quenelle’ Salute

Evening Standard – West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been suspended for five games...

Interim Ukraine Leader Tuchynov Pledges to Protect Country’s Jewish Community February 27, 2014 10:31 am

Interim Ukraine Leader Tuchynov Pledges to Protect Country’s Jewish Community

Haaretz – Interim Ukrainian President Oleksander Tuchynov pledged Wednesday that he...

Merkel Says Israel Boycott ‘Not an Option’ for Germany February 26, 2014 1:25 pm

Merkel Says Israel Boycott ‘Not an Option’ for Germany

JNS.org – In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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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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