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Iran Nuclear Talks ‘Hitting a Wall,’ French Foreign Minister Says June 10, 2014 3:02 pm

Iran Nuclear Talks ‘Hitting a Wall,’ French Foreign Minister Says

JNS.org – As the deadline for an agreement nears, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program...

UNESCO Jewish Connection to Israel Exhibit Opens Wednesday June 10, 2014 2:00 pm

UNESCO Jewish Connection to Israel Exhibit Opens Wednesday

JNS.org – An exhibit on the Jewish connection to the land of Israel that was postponed in...

EU and Israel Ink Horizon 2020 Scientific Cooperation Agreement June 9, 2014 5:26 pm

EU and Israel Ink Horizon 2020 Scientific Cooperation Agreement

JNS.org – The European Union and Israel have signed the Horizon 2020 cooperation agreement,...

Jewish Actress Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony Award June 9, 2014 3:44 pm

Jewish Actress Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony Award

JNS.org – British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo took home the honor for best performance...

Peres and Abbas Join Pope Francis for Vatican ‘Prayer Summit’ June 9, 2014 9:26 am

Peres and Abbas Join Pope Francis for Vatican ‘Prayer Summit’

JNS.org – Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...

Top UK Editor Says Britain Should Grant Asylum to European Jews Fleeing Anti-Semitism June 8, 2014 5:47 pm

Top UK Editor Says Britain Should Grant Asylum to European Jews Fleeing Anti-Semitism

A leading British journalist said that the country should grant asylum to Jews looking to...

Spain Takes Another Step to Grant Citizenship to Sephardic Jews June 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Spain Takes Another Step to Grant Citizenship to Sephardic Jews

JNS.org – The Spanish government has taken another step in approving legislation...

Vatican Announces Details of Peres-Abbas Prayer Session June 7, 2014 9:00 am

Vatican Announces Details of Peres-Abbas Prayer Session

JNS.org – Vatican officials say that Pope Francis hopes to help end “eternal negotiations”...

Black-Frocked Rabbi Killed by Car at Night; Defense Lawyer Says Walkers Should Wear Lights June 6, 2014 3:12 pm

Black-Frocked Rabbi Killed by Car at Night; Defense Lawyer Says Walkers Should Wear Lights

Rabbi Hyman Steinberg, 82, was rushing to his synagogue one night in bad weather when Simon...

Brussels Shooter Refuses Extradition From France June 6, 2014 2:52 pm

Brussels Shooter Refuses Extradition From France

JNS.org – The French man arrested in connection with the shooting at the Jewish Museum...

France’s President Hollande Leads D-Day Anniversary Ceremony June 6, 2014 10:31 am

France’s President Hollande Leads D-Day Anniversary Ceremony

BBC – French President Francois Hollande has led the D-Day 70th anniversary tributes by...

EU Rejects Notion That Brussels Jewish Museum Shooter Operated Alone June 6, 2014 10:29 am

EU Rejects Notion That Brussels Jewish Museum Shooter Operated Alone

Jerusalem Post – The idea that Mehdi Nemmouche, the Islamist who allegedly murdered four...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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