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Egypt Appoints First Ambassador to Israel in Three Years June 22, 2015 12:26 pm

Egypt Appoints First Ambassador to Israel in Three Years

JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has appointed Egypt’s first ambassador...

UN Gaza War Report Finds Possible ‘War Crimes’ by Both Hamas and Israel June 22, 2015 9:26 am

UN Gaza War Report Finds Possible ‘War Crimes’ by Both Hamas and Israel

JNS.org – A United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on last summer’s Gaza...

Unprecedented: Israel Sends Ramadan Greeting to Egyptians June 21, 2015 10:55 am

Unprecedented: Israel Sends Ramadan Greeting to Egyptians

In an unprecedented move, Israel’s ambassador in Cairo on Friday broadcast a YouTube video...

US Report Says Iran ‘Terrorist-Related’ Activity Continued Unabated Last Year June 20, 2015 10:10 pm

US Report Says Iran ‘Terrorist-Related’ Activity Continued Unabated Last Year

Iran continued its “terrorist-related” activity last year and also continued to provide...

Saudi Arabia and Russia Sign Major Nuclear Energy Deal June 20, 2015 9:30 am

Saudi Arabia and Russia Sign Major Nuclear Energy Deal

JNS.org – Saudi Arabia and Russia on Friday signed a series of agreements to cooperate...

Druze Civilians in Syria Under Threat as Civil War Spreads June 19, 2015 9:31 am

Druze Civilians in Syria Under Threat as Civil War Spreads

At least 20 Druze were shot dead by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in the northwestern...

Watchdog Slams AFP for ‘Completely Unreasonable’ Report on Death of Palestinian Firebomber June 18, 2015 2:54 pm

Watchdog Slams AFP for ‘Completely Unreasonable’ Report on Death of Palestinian Firebomber

The famed Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency distorted its coverage over the weekend in...

Palestinian Authority to Broadcast New TV Channel in Israel Via Satellite June 18, 2015 9:41 am

Palestinian Authority to Broadcast New TV Channel in Israel Via Satellite

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority on Thursday launched a television channel called...

Arab Commentator Circulates Photo of Western Wall Note on Emirates Hotel Letterhead June 17, 2015 3:08 pm

Arab Commentator Circulates Photo of Western Wall Note on Emirates Hotel Letterhead

Popular Arab commentator Sultan Al Qassemi circulated a photo on Wednesday showing a note left...

Netanyahu Says He Will ‘Do What is Necessary’ to Help Syria’s Druze June 17, 2015 2:16 pm

Netanyahu Says He Will ‘Do What is Necessary’ to Help Syria’s Druze

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will “do what is...

Fatah, Hamas Unity Government Resigns; Abbas Orders Formation of New Goverment June 17, 2015 9:25 am

Fatah, Hamas Unity Government Resigns; Abbas Orders Formation of New Goverment

JNS.org – The Palestinian unity government that was formed last year between Palestinian...

Egyptian Court Upholds Death Sentence for Deposed President Morsi June 16, 2015 9:40 am

Egyptian Court Upholds Death Sentence for Deposed President Morsi

An Egyptian court upheld a death sentence against deposed president Mohamed Morsi for plotting...

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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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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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