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Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Joins Campaign to End Sexual Violence in Conflict June 15, 2014 9:18 pm

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Joins Campaign to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli on Wednesday joined the #TimetoAct campaign to end sexual violence...

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Hamas Operatives in Hebron as Search for Abducted Teens Continues June 15, 2014 4:31 pm

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Hamas Operatives in Hebron as Search for Abducted Teens Continues

Ynet – The IDF surrounded a house in the Hebron area on Sunday night apparently in...

Israeli Celebrities Join BringBackOurBoys Campaign to Free Kidnapped Kids June 15, 2014 3:37 pm

Israeli Celebrities Join BringBackOurBoys Campaign to Free Kidnapped Kids

A growing bevy of Israeli stars and sports figures are signing on to a Twitter hashtag campaign...

BringBackOurBoys Meme Met With Hateful Response by Kidnapping Supporters (PHOTOS) June 15, 2014 3:12 pm

BringBackOurBoys Meme Met With Hateful Response by Kidnapping Supporters (PHOTOS)

The social media campaign #BringBackOurBoys, launched in solidarity with the families of...

Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Celebrates Teen Kidnappings With Hateful Cartoons June 15, 2014 1:27 pm

Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Celebrates Teen Kidnappings With Hateful Cartoons

As supporters of Israel and human rights around the world used social media to campaign for...

As Israel Searched for Abducted Teens, Palestinian Authority Chief’s Wife, Amina Abbas, Underwent Treatment at Tel Aviv Hospital (VIDEO) June 15, 2014 10:56 am

As Israel Searched for Abducted Teens, Palestinian Authority Chief’s Wife, Amina Abbas, Underwent Treatment at Tel Aviv Hospital (VIDEO)

As Israel frantically searched for three abducted teens, Amina Abbas, the wife of Palestinian...

Netanyahu Says Hamas Kidnapped Israeli Teens, Pledges ‘Severe Repercussions’ June 15, 2014 10:41 am

Netanyahu Says Hamas Kidnapped Israeli Teens, Pledges ‘Severe Repercussions’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blamed Hamas for the kidnapping of three...

Mother of Missing Israeli Boy: We Love You, and Israel Will Bring You Back June 15, 2014 10:21 am

Mother of Missing Israeli Boy: We Love You, and Israel Will Bring You Back

JNS.org – The names of the three missing Israeli teenagers were released on Saturday...

PA Officials Say Search for Abducted Israeli Teens Focused on Missing Hamas Members June 15, 2014 10:17 am

PA Officials Say Search for Abducted Israeli Teens Focused on Missing Hamas Members

Times of Israel – As Israeli and Palestinian forces conducted a wide-reaching operation...

Israeli Prime Minster Responds to Terror Abduction of Israeli Teens June 14, 2014 10:29 pm

Israeli Prime Minster Responds to Terror Abduction of Israeli Teens

JERUSALEM – On Saturday night, June 14, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave...

Gaza Rockets Strike Southern Israel Amid Hunt for Abducted Boys June 14, 2014 10:02 pm

Gaza Rockets Strike Southern Israel Amid Hunt for Abducted Boys

JNS.org – Terrorists in Gaza launched a barrage of rockets towards Israel on Saturday. According...

Netanyahu Says Feared Kidnapping is Result of Hamas-Fatah Unity Deal June 14, 2014 9:00 am

Netanyahu Says Feared Kidnapping is Result of Hamas-Fatah Unity Deal

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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