Middle East

Iran Still Stalling UN Nuclear Probe as Negotiations Resume, Watchdog Report Says February 20, 2015 11:04 am

Iran Still Stalling UN Nuclear Probe as Negotiations Resume, Watchdog Report Says

JNS.org – A new report from the International Atomy Energy Agency (IAEA), the United...

Report: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Ordered by Khamenei to Stop Shouting at Kerry February 20, 2015 10:48 am

Report: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Ordered by Khamenei to Stop Shouting at Kerry

Fox News/Washington Free Beacon – Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator...

Poll: 77% of Americans See a Nuclear Iran As a ‘Critical Threat’ February 19, 2015 12:33 pm

Poll: 77% of Americans See a Nuclear Iran As a ‘Critical Threat’

A significant majority of Americans — some 77% of those polled — see the “development...

UN ‘Alarmed’ by Hamas Efforts to Rearm, Calls Attempts ‘Dangerous Developments’ February 19, 2015 11:02 am

UN ‘Alarmed’ by Hamas Efforts to Rearm, Calls Attempts ‘Dangerous Developments’

Times of Israel – A senior UN official warned Wednesday that the lack of available funds...

Iran’s Khamenei Threatens to Cut Gas Exports if Sanctions Imposed Over Nuclear Program February 18, 2015 11:04 am

Iran’s Khamenei Threatens to Cut Gas Exports if Sanctions Imposed Over Nuclear Program

Reuters – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that...

Officals Say Shi’a Militias Loyal to Iran Leading the Fight Against ISIS in Iraq February 17, 2015 4:56 pm

Officals Say Shi’a Militias Loyal to Iran Leading the Fight Against ISIS in Iraq

Shi’a militias backed by Iran have undertaken a leadership role in the war being fought...

Egypt’s Pope Tawadros Holds Mass for Christians Slain by Islamic State February 17, 2015 1:52 pm

Egypt’s Pope Tawadros Holds Mass for Christians Slain by Islamic State

JNS.org – Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II on Tuesday led a mass to memorialize the...

Hamas and Iran Reportedly Mend Ties; Leaders Held Meeting After Operation Protective Edge February 17, 2015 11:32 am

Hamas and Iran Reportedly Mend Ties; Leaders Held Meeting After Operation Protective Edge

Ynet – Khald Mashal, the head of the Hamas political bureau, met with Iran’s Qods...

Report Says Gaza Hackers Used Pornographic Films to Access Israeli Computers February 16, 2015 5:02 pm

Report Says Gaza Hackers Used Pornographic Films to Access Israeli Computers

Palestinian hackers have reportedly joined the ranks of the “national struggle” against...

Egypt Bombs Islamic State Targets in Libya Following Release of Beheadings Video February 16, 2015 11:01 am

Egypt Bombs Islamic State Targets in Libya Following Release of Beheadings Video

BBC – Egypt says it has bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the group...

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sends Obama Secret Letter February 15, 2015 11:58 am

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sends Obama Secret Letter

JNS.org – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded to overtures...

American Intelligence Officials Say Islamic State Expanding Across Middle East February 14, 2015 7:53 pm

American Intelligence Officials Say Islamic State Expanding Across Middle East

The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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