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$1 Billion Scandal Involving Jewish Businessman Raises Fear of Antisemitism in Moldova May 20, 2015 11:08 am

$1 Billion Scandal Involving Jewish Businessman Raises Fear of Antisemitism in Moldova

The Jewish community in Moldova has expressed heightened fear of resurgent antisemitism over...

Vatican: Pope Francis Meant No Offense With Abbas ‘Angel of Peace’ Remark May 20, 2015 10:35 am

Vatican: Pope Francis Meant No Offense With Abbas ‘Angel of Peace’ Remark

JNS.org – Vatican spokesman Father Frederico Lombardi said that Pope Francis meant...

Kabbalah Center Guru Claims Secret Followers in Buckingham Palace May 19, 2015 2:35 pm

Kabbalah Center Guru Claims Secret Followers in Buckingham Palace

A spiritual mentor at the London branch of the Kabbalah Center claimed that members of Britain’s...

EU Chief Mogherini: Europe Wants Active Role in Israel-Palestinian Peace Process May 19, 2015 9:45 am

EU Chief Mogherini: Europe Wants Active Role in Israel-Palestinian Peace Process

i24News – The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel...

Archaeologists Confirm Lithuanian Power Grid Was Built With Jewish Tombstones May 19, 2015 9:44 am

Archaeologists Confirm Lithuanian Power Grid Was Built With Jewish Tombstones

Yahoo/AP – Archaeologists confirmed this week that the electrical substation was built...

For First Time: Vatican Flies Palestinian Flag to Greet PA Chairman Abbas May 18, 2015 10:29 am

For First Time: Vatican Flies Palestinian Flag to Greet PA Chairman Abbas

The Palestinian flag was officially raised in the Vatican for the first time on Saturday,...

Greek Mayor Blasted for Desire to Nix Star of David From Holocaust Memorial May 18, 2015 9:35 am

Greek Mayor Blasted for Desire to Nix Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

JNS.org – A Greek town is mired in controversy after its mayor asked to remove the Star...

Paris: In Latest Violent Antisemitic Attack Two Assailants Pin Down Victim While Another Beats Him May 17, 2015 4:29 pm

Paris: In Latest Violent Antisemitic Attack Two Assailants Pin Down Victim While Another Beats Him

A Jewish youth was violently attacked in Paris on Friday afternoon just days following a similar...

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini to Visit Israel for Peace Process Talks May 16, 2015 1:31 pm

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini to Visit Israel for Peace Process Talks

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit the Middle East next week for talks...

Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial May 15, 2015 7:10 pm

Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a...

London Mayor Caught in Handshake Mixup With Israeli Ambassador (VIDEO) May 15, 2015 5:19 pm

London Mayor Caught in Handshake Mixup With Israeli Ambassador (VIDEO)

London Mayor and newly elected Member of Parliament Boris Johnson was caught on video on...

French Jewish Woman Assaulted in Paris Suburb by 3 Men Shouting ‘Hitler Didn’t Finish His Work’ May 15, 2015 4:12 pm

French Jewish Woman Assaulted in Paris Suburb by 3 Men Shouting ‘Hitler Didn’t Finish His Work’

A French Jewish woman was assaulted by three men in an apparent antisemitic attack in the...

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  • Personalities Sports Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

    Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

    JNS.org – Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same. But author John Klima wants readers of any background to know the unsung story of Greenberg’s World War II service. As indicated by its […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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