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Obama to Jewish Audience: Iran Deal Leaves Future President Better Positioned to Address Nuclear Threat August 28, 2015 3:59 pm

Obama to Jewish Audience: Iran Deal Leaves Future President Better Positioned to Address Nuclear Threat

Fifteen years from now, the president, whoever that may be, will be in a stronger position...

Federal Court Backs Funding Cut to ‘Antisemitic’ Canadian-Arab Group August 28, 2015 1:58 pm

Federal Court Backs Funding Cut to ‘Antisemitic’ Canadian-Arab Group

The Federal Court of Appeal in Canada upheld the government’s decision to withdraw funding...

JNF Hosting Water Summits Across US to Share Israeli Expertise August 28, 2015 11:47 am

JNF Hosting Water Summits Across US to Share Israeli Expertise

JNS.org – Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced that it will host a series of water...

MP Irwin Cotler Explains Why Canadians and Americans Differ on Iran Nuclear Deal (INTERVIEW) August 28, 2015 10:19 am

MP Irwin Cotler Explains Why Canadians and Americans Differ on Iran Nuclear Deal (INTERVIEW)

“Foreign policy doesn’t have the salience in Canada as it does in the United States,”...

Obama to Speak With Jewish Leaders About Iran Deal Concerns August 28, 2015 7:11 am

Obama to Speak With Jewish Leaders About Iran Deal Concerns

President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities...

Obama’s Sanctions Chief to Defend Nuclear Deal in Israel August 28, 2015 6:57 am

Obama’s Sanctions Chief to Defend Nuclear Deal in Israel

President Obama’s sanctions chief will arrive in Israel on Friday to defend the nuclear...

New York Assemblyman Vows to Send Rep Nadler a ‘Teddy Bear’ After Complaints of Verbal Abuse Over Iran Deal August 27, 2015 7:51 pm

New York Assemblyman Vows to Send Rep Nadler a ‘Teddy Bear’ After Complaints of Verbal Abuse Over Iran Deal

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind chided New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s response to some...

JDC CEO Alan Gill Stepping Down After Two Decades With Jewish Aid Group August 27, 2015 5:56 pm

JDC CEO Alan Gill Stepping Down After Two Decades With Jewish Aid Group

JNS.org – American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) CEO Alan H. Gill on Thursday...

Pew Report: Orthodox Jews Resemble Evangelicals More Than Other Jews August 27, 2015 12:41 pm

Pew Report: Orthodox Jews Resemble Evangelicals More Than Other Jews

JNS.org – A new report published by the Pew Research Center claims that Orthodox Jews...

Maloney Becomes Latest Democratic Rep to Oppose Iran Deal: ‘It’s a Matter of Conscience’ August 27, 2015 10:44 am

Maloney Becomes Latest Democratic Rep to Oppose Iran Deal: ‘It’s a Matter of Conscience’

Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) became the latest Democratic representative to oppose President...

Biden to Meet Jewish Leaders in Hope of Winning Support for Iran Deal August 27, 2015 9:48 am

Biden to Meet Jewish Leaders in Hope of Winning Support for Iran Deal

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden plans to meet with American Jewish leaders next week in Florida...

US Drone Strike in Syria Reportedly Kills British Hacker and Online Recruiter for ISIS August 27, 2015 9:41 am

US Drone Strike in Syria Reportedly Kills British Hacker and Online Recruiter for ISIS

A U.S. drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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