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Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis September 18, 2014 2:10 pm

Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

JNS.org – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with the Israeli international...

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO) September 18, 2014 10:55 am

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Footage of an Orthodox Jewish man high-fiving unsuspecting cab-hailers in New York City is...

3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ‘Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias’ (VIDEO) September 17, 2014 5:24 pm

3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ‘Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias’ (VIDEO)

A consortium of American Jewish and civil rights groups are concerned that federal funds are...

Biden: Use of ’Shylock’ Was ‘Poor Choice of Words’ September 17, 2014 3:07 pm

Biden: Use of ’Shylock’ Was ‘Poor Choice of Words’

JNS.org – Vice President Joe Biden has spoke out Wednesday about his use of the term...

William Shatner Rips Elliot Gould in Fundraising Video for Jewish School September 17, 2014 12:04 pm

William Shatner Rips Elliot Gould in Fundraising Video for Jewish School

Legendary actor William Shatner took fellow star Elliot Gould to task over the latter’s...

Chabad Rabbi, Pregnant Wife Reached After Feared Missing in Hurricane Odile, Baja, Mexico‏ September 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Chabad Rabbi, Pregnant Wife Reached After Feared Missing in Hurricane Odile, Baja, Mexico‏

Chabad Rabbi Benny Hershcovich, and his wife, Sonia, who is 9 months pregnant, are alive and,...

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Joins Protest Against Metropolitan Opera Over Klinghoffer Play September 16, 2014 2:06 pm

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Joins Protest Against Metropolitan Opera Over Klinghoffer Play

Former United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey added his name to a long list of speakers...

U.S. Airstrike Hits ISIS Target in New Phase of Military Action Against Iraqi Militants September 16, 2014 11:10 am

U.S. Airstrike Hits ISIS Target in New Phase of Military Action Against Iraqi Militants

NBC News – The U.S. carried out an airstrike near Baghdad on Monday as the beginning...

Israeli-American Director Wins Prize at Toronto Film Festival September 15, 2014 12:39 pm

Israeli-American Director Wins Prize at Toronto Film Festival

JNS.org – Israeli-American director Oren Moverman won the coveted International Federation...

Hollywood Friends of Israel Reiterate Support in New York Times Ad September 13, 2014 9:10 pm

Hollywood Friends of Israel Reiterate Support in New York Times Ad

The Blaze – Hollywood may be a famously liberal place, and liberals may be turning...

Jewish Groups Rush to Defend Senator Ted Cruz After Shout-Down at Dinner September 12, 2014 2:55 pm

Jewish Groups Rush to Defend Senator Ted Cruz After Shout-Down at Dinner

Major American Jewish groups rushed to defend Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday after he...

Demand From Chasidic Community Expected to Boost Women Only Taxi Service September 12, 2014 2:07 pm

Demand From Chasidic Community Expected to Boost Women Only Taxi Service

A new New York City-based taxi service, which will cater only to women, is expected to be...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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