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Northern Israeli Resident Succumbs to Snake Bite Wounds July 2, 2015 3:24 pm

Northern Israeli Resident Succumbs to Snake Bite Wounds

A 38-year old woman from the Golan Heights who was bitten by a venomous snake last weekend...

Israeli General Says Hamas Aided Sinai ISIS Group in Major Egypt Attacks July 2, 2015 3:21 pm

Israeli General Says Hamas Aided Sinai ISIS Group in Major Egypt Attacks

An Israeli commander said on Thursday that the Jewish state had “clear evidence”...

Israeli Researchers Say Autism Can be Detected in Toddlers Through Smell July 2, 2015 3:02 pm

Israeli Researchers Say Autism Can be Detected in Toddlers Through Smell

Researchers in Israel have discovered that a non-verbal smell test may be used to detect autism...

US Catholic School Educators Travel to Israel to Learn More on Region July 2, 2015 2:36 pm

US Catholic School Educators Travel to Israel to Learn More on Region

JNS.org – Catholic school educators from across the U.S. are in Israel to learn more...

Israel Approves Egypt’s Request to Bolster Sinai Military Forces July 2, 2015 2:35 pm

Israel Approves Egypt’s Request to Bolster Sinai Military Forces

JNS.org – Israel has approved Egypt’s request to bolster the latter nation’s military...

Lithuanian Officials Skip Local Commemoration of Kaunas Pogrom, Lietūkis Garage Massacre July 2, 2015 2:21 pm

Lithuanian Officials Skip Local Commemoration of Kaunas Pogrom, Lietūkis Garage Massacre

A somber memorial was held last week to mark the 74th anniversary of the Lietūkis Garage...

Security Expert: Jews Are ‘Soft Target’ for Competing Islamic State and Al-Qaeda July 2, 2015 1:35 pm

Security Expert: Jews Are ‘Soft Target’ for Competing Islamic State and Al-Qaeda

Jewish sites are a “soft target” for Muslim extremist groups vying for influence...

Canada and Israel to Fund Joint Biomedical Research July 2, 2015 1:22 pm

Canada and Israel to Fund Joint Biomedical Research

JNS.org – Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced that his country is teaming...

Jews Fleeing Ukraine Arrive in Israel, Recount Assaults by Pro-Russian Rebels July 2, 2015 1:21 pm

Jews Fleeing Ukraine Arrive in Israel, Recount Assaults by Pro-Russian Rebels

JNS.org – Two Jewish refugees who say they endured torture by pro-Russian rebels in...

Israel Defense Ministry Announces Successful Upgrades to Iron Dome July 2, 2015 12:24 pm

Israel Defense Ministry Announces Successful Upgrades to Iron Dome

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system successfully passed a series of tests demonstrating...

Palestinians Ambush, Stone Israeli Firefighters After Igniting Fires in Jerusalem July 2, 2015 12:18 pm

Palestinians Ambush, Stone Israeli Firefighters After Igniting Fires in Jerusalem

Palestinian vandals ignited fires in Jerusalem with Molotov cocktails and then ambushed and...

‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ During Trial: ‘I Can Only Ask My God for Forgiveness’ July 2, 2015 10:12 am

‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ During Trial: ‘I Can Only Ask My God for Forgiveness’

JNS.org – Former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, 94, asked for forgiveness on Wednesday...

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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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