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Kansas Killings Suspect to Face Hate Crime Charges April 15, 2014 9:00 am

Kansas Killings Suspect to Face Hate Crime Charges

Jerusalem Post – The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish...

ADL: Kansas Shootings Suspect Has Long History of Anti-Semitism, Racism April 14, 2014 5:56 pm

ADL: Kansas Shootings Suspect Has Long History of Anti-Semitism, Racism

JNS.org – A new report issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says that the gunman...

Vassar Profs Who Brought Students to Israel Describe Campus ‘Climate of Fear’ April 14, 2014 3:20 pm

Vassar Profs Who Brought Students to Israel Describe Campus ‘Climate of Fear’

Anti-Israel sentiment on the Vassar College campus, in upstate New York, was described as...

7-Year-Old Girl Sends Passover Macaroons to Jewish Soldiers Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan April 14, 2014 2:16 pm

7-Year-Old Girl Sends Passover Macaroons to Jewish Soldiers Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan

A second-grader from Pennsylvania sent 160 cans of macaroons to Jewish soldiers stationed...

Following Kansas Killings, de Blasio Says NYPD Taking Steps to Ensure Safety of Jewish Individuals April 13, 2014 8:53 pm

Following Kansas Killings, de Blasio Says NYPD Taking Steps to Ensure Safety of Jewish Individuals

Following shootings at Kansas Jewish institutions earlier Sunday that left three dead, New...

3 Killed in Shootings at Kansas Jewish Sites; Suspect Detained, Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ (VIDEO) April 13, 2014 3:58 pm

3 Killed in Shootings at Kansas Jewish Sites; Suspect Detained, Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ (VIDEO)

Three people were killed in shootings at Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas, in a suspected...

Civil Rights Leader Accuses ‘Israel Bashers’ of Racism April 13, 2014 1:52 pm

Civil Rights Leader Accuses ‘Israel Bashers’ of Racism

A civil rights activist tagged supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement...

American-Jewish Prisoner Alan Gross Ends Hunger Strike in Cuba April 11, 2014 8:00 pm

American-Jewish Prisoner Alan Gross Ends Hunger Strike in Cuba

JNS.org – American-Jewish prisoner Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuba since late...

‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit April 11, 2014 4:29 pm

‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus,...

U.S. Denying Visa to Iranian U.N. Ambassador Involved in Hostage Crisis April 11, 2014 3:50 pm

U.S. Denying Visa to Iranian U.N. Ambassador Involved in Hostage Crisis

JNS.org - The Obama administration on Friday notified Iran and the United Nations that it...

Four Bodyguards Hired for NYC Book Launch Hosted by Israeli War Hero April 11, 2014 1:47 pm

Four Bodyguards Hired for NYC Book Launch Hosted by Israeli War Hero

Raanan Lurie, the legendary Israeli political cartoonist and war hero, was in the gossip...

Diplomats, Insiders Claim White House Campaign to Blame Israel for Peace Talks Failure April 11, 2014 10:19 am

Diplomats, Insiders Claim White House Campaign to Blame Israel for Peace Talks Failure

Washington Free Beacon – The Obama administration has been waging a secret media war in...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    He’s a 6’7″ Jewish freestyle rapper who roams the streets of New York delivering his rhymes to unsuspecting passersby. Te’Devan, who calls himself the “6’7″ Jew who will rap for you” was recently profiled by the Gothamist blog. In a video posted Monday on YouTube, as part of the website’s No Your City eight-part series created by Nicolas Heller, Te’Devan is seen rapping about “not trying to conform to the status quo” and his mission to “be what I’m supposed to be.” [...]

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