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NBC’s Richard Engel Says U.S. Support for Israel is Creating More Terrorists (VIDEO) December 15, 2014 3:46 pm

NBC’s Richard Engel Says U.S. Support for Israel is Creating More Terrorists (VIDEO)

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said on Sunday that U.S. support for...

Parents of Beheaded ISIS Captive Steven Sotloff to Light Public Menorah in His Memory December 15, 2014 11:36 am

Parents of Beheaded ISIS Captive Steven Sotloff to Light Public Menorah in His Memory

JTA – The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member...

Ellen Plays ‘Rabbi or Santa’ Guessing Game With Live Studio Audience (VIDEO) December 14, 2014 5:53 pm

Ellen Plays ‘Rabbi or Santa’ Guessing Game With Live Studio Audience (VIDEO)

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres asked  her live studio audience to identify rabbis and santas...

In Wake of UAW 2865 BDS Vote, California Assemblyman Demands Assurance That ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda’ is Prohibited from UC Classrooms December 12, 2014 3:48 pm

In Wake of UAW 2865 BDS Vote, California Assemblyman Demands Assurance That ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda’ is Prohibited from UC Classrooms

A leading California Assembly Member has urged University of California President Janet Napolitano...

House Spending Bill Earmarks $3.7 Billion in Military Aid for Israel, With Special Emphasis on Anti-Missile Systems December 11, 2014 5:39 pm

House Spending Bill Earmarks $3.7 Billion in Military Aid for Israel, With Special Emphasis on Anti-Missile Systems

While political relations between the Obama Administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

Drug Addict Found Not Guilty for Setting 12 Mezuzot on Fire Inside Brooklyn Jewish Apartment Buildings December 11, 2014 4:20 pm

Drug Addict Found Not Guilty for Setting 12 Mezuzot on Fire Inside Brooklyn Jewish Apartment Buildings

A jury on Wednesday found a Brooklyn drug addict not guilty for setting a dozen mezuzot on...

Hallmark Pulls Holiday Wrapping Paper After Receiving Complaints That Pattern Looks Like Swastikas December 11, 2014 4:19 pm

Hallmark Pulls Holiday Wrapping Paper After Receiving Complaints That Pattern Looks Like Swastikas

Daily Mail/AP – Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation...

ZOA Asks Scholastic to Address Omission of Israel From Map in Children’s Book December 11, 2014 4:19 pm

ZOA Asks Scholastic to Address Omission of Israel From Map in Children’s Book

JNS.org - The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) wrote a letter to Scholastic, the world’s...

Wiesenthal Center Working With European Parliamentarians on Resolution Demanding Revocation of Anti-Semitic Hamas Charter December 11, 2014 3:42 pm

Wiesenthal Center Working With European Parliamentarians on Resolution Demanding Revocation of Anti-Semitic Hamas Charter

One of America’s premier Jewish advocacy groups is urging European parliamentarians...

European Islamic Radicalism Now Surfacing in America, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Warns December 11, 2014 12:04 pm

European Islamic Radicalism Now Surfacing in America, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Warns

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born writer and vocal opponent of Islamist extremism, has warned...

University of California Student-Workers Union Votes to Boycott Israel December 11, 2014 10:50 am

University of California Student-Workers Union Votes to Boycott Israel

JNS.org - United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 285, a union representing 13,000 student-workers...

BDS Opponents Mobilize Against ‘Unrepresentative’ UAW 2865 Vote, Citing Bias and Intimidation December 11, 2014 10:29 am

BDS Opponents Mobilize Against ‘Unrepresentative’ UAW 2865 Vote, Citing Bias and Intimidation

Labor union activists opposed to the anti-Semitic BDS movement at the University of California...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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