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Chabad Rabbi Donning Tefillin at Boston Marathon Recounts Bomb Horror April 16, 2013 11:07 am

Chabad Rabbi Donning Tefillin at Boston Marathon Recounts Bomb Horror

Yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is just beginning to crystallize in some...

Canadian University Student Union Strips Anti-Israel Group of Official Status April 16, 2013 10:33 am

Canadian University Student Union Strips Anti-Israel Group of Official Status

The University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) in Canada has become the first student group...

US Jewish Organizations “Standing Vigilant” Following Boston Marathon Bombings April 16, 2013 2:20 am

US Jewish Organizations “Standing Vigilant” Following Boston Marathon Bombings

JTA – The head of the security network for U.S. Jewish organizations said the community...

Reports: Saudi National Held in Relation to Boston Bombings April 16, 2013 2:20 am

Reports: Saudi National Held in Relation to Boston Bombings

CBS – Following the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon that has claimed two lives and...

ADL, After Boston Marathon Bombings, Cites ‘History of Extremist-Related Events’ This Week April 16, 2013 1:49 am

ADL, After Boston Marathon Bombings, Cites ‘History of Extremist-Related Events’ This Week

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), reacting to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings that killed...

Boston Marathon Blasts: Doctor Credits Israelis With Helping Set Up Disaster Team (VIDEO) April 15, 2013 7:52 pm

Boston Marathon Blasts: Doctor Credits Israelis With Helping Set Up Disaster Team (VIDEO)

Hours following a pair of blasts at the Boston Marathon that left 2 dead and up to 100 wounded according to...

Bomb Blasts Rock Boston Marathon, 2 Dead April 15, 2013 4:19 pm

Bomb Blasts Rock Boston Marathon, 2 Dead

Boston Herald – Two huge explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line at Copley...

College Professor Tries to Pass Off Photo from Buchenwald as Deir Yassin April 15, 2013 1:53 pm

College Professor Tries to Pass Off Photo from Buchenwald as Deir Yassin

A blog entry on the Religion News Service website by a North Carolina University professor...

Fight for Israeli Visa-Free Travel to US Delayed April 15, 2013 1:08 am

Fight for Israeli Visa-Free Travel to US Delayed

JTA – A legislative effort led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to enable...

Investigation: Jewish Students Were Unjustly Evicted from Brooklyn College BDS Event April 14, 2013 4:17 pm

Investigation: Jewish Students Were Unjustly Evicted from Brooklyn College BDS Event

After a two month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the expulsion of four Jewish...

Lawsuit Threatened if Major Equities Fund Goes Through With Boycott of Israel April 14, 2013 12:16 pm

Lawsuit Threatened if Major Equities Fund Goes Through With Boycott of Israel

The Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) is threatening legal action against the Teachers Insurance...

Teacher Who Gave Students Nazi Writing Assignment Put on Leave April 13, 2013 9:35 pm

Teacher Who Gave Students Nazi Writing Assignment Put on Leave

USA Today/AP – NEW YORK — New York school district officials have placed a high school...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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