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‘Night Will Fall’ Documentary Revealing Holocaust Footage Premieres on HBO January 28, 2015 11:44 am

‘Night Will Fall’ Documentary Revealing Holocaust Footage Premieres on HBO

JNS.org – A documentary film has been released about another documentary made in...

Senate Democrats Won’t Vote for Iran Sanctions Before March 24 January 28, 2015 6:44 am

Senate Democrats Won’t Vote for Iran Sanctions Before March 24

JNS.org - Ten Democratic U.S. senators who support the Iran Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2015,...

Boehner: Only Netanyahu Can Talk About Radical Terrorism Threat January 27, 2015 3:43 pm

Boehner: Only Netanyahu Can Talk About Radical Terrorism Threat

JNS.org – Despite the criticism he has received, US House of Representatives Speaker...

Popular Radio Host Tells Family’s Holocaust Stories Through the Written Word January 27, 2015 3:39 pm

Popular Radio Host Tells Family’s Holocaust Stories Through the Written Word

JNS.org - Best known as a popular radio host on Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall channel, Martin...

At UN, Israeli President Calls for Action Against Antisemitism January 27, 2015 12:51 pm

At UN, Israeli President Calls for Action Against Antisemitism

JNS.org – The blizzard in the northeastern US did not pass over President Reuven Rivlin,...

Chauffeur to Saudi Princesses: I Got the Job Because I Wasn’t Jewish January 26, 2015 11:36 pm

Chauffeur to Saudi Princesses: I Got the Job Because I Wasn’t Jewish

A woman who worked as a personal driver for Saudi princesses while they vacationed in Los...

Israeli President Addresses Black Christian Leaders in Brooklyn January 26, 2015 6:44 pm

Israeli President Addresses Black Christian Leaders in Brooklyn

JNS.org - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin launched his first official visit to the United...

Girl Behind ‘CrazyJewishMom’ Instagram Account Says Postings Are Form of Therapy January 26, 2015 3:36 pm

Girl Behind ‘CrazyJewishMom’ Instagram Account Says Postings Are Form of Therapy

A Jewish girl who created an Instagram account to share outrageous messages sent by her “neurotic...

Antisemitism Rises on US College Campuses, Report Says January 26, 2015 1:35 pm

Antisemitism Rises on US College Campuses, Report Says

JNS.org – The Israeli government on Sunday was presented with a report about global...

Boehner: We Gave White House a ‘Heads Up’ Before Inviting Netanyahu to Speak January 26, 2015 10:08 am

Boehner: We Gave White House a ‘Heads Up’ Before Inviting Netanyahu to Speak

JNS.org – US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he informed the White House...

Cuomo Warns Streets, Mass Transit Could Shut Down Before Historic Blizzard Hits New York January 26, 2015 10:06 am

Cuomo Warns Streets, Mass Transit Could Shut Down Before Historic Blizzard Hits New York

New York Daily News – A potentially historic blizzard that could bring 3 feet of snow...

Former Obama Adviser Says President ‘Not Being Tough Enough’ With Iran January 24, 2015 8:08 pm

Former Obama Adviser Says President ‘Not Being Tough Enough’ With Iran

Dennis Ross, the veteran Mideast hand and former peace envoy, criticized his former boss,...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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