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Netanyahu to United Nations: Hamas and Islamic State ‘From Same Poisonous Tree’ (VIDEO) September 29, 2014 2:06 pm

Netanyahu to United Nations: Hamas and Islamic State ‘From Same Poisonous Tree’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Hamas and Islamic...

Biden’s New National Security Advisor Scrutinized Over Policy on Israel, Iran September 29, 2014 1:23 pm

Biden’s New National Security Advisor Scrutinized Over Policy on Israel, Iran

JNS.org - Dr. Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden’s newly appointed national security...

India’s Prime Minister Modi Meets Netanyahu in New York September 29, 2014 10:59 am

India’s Prime Minister Modi Meets Netanyahu in New York

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra...

South Africa Holds Back Israeli Circumcision Device Amid Pressure From Anti-Israel Union September 29, 2014 10:54 am

South Africa Holds Back Israeli Circumcision Device Amid Pressure From Anti-Israel Union

BDlive – The Department of Health has put on hold its plan to introduce an Israeli-made...

ISIS Subway Nerve Gas Attack in US, EU, West’s Nightmare: Israeli Analyst (VIDEO) September 28, 2014 7:16 pm

ISIS Subway Nerve Gas Attack in US, EU, West’s Nightmare: Israeli Analyst (VIDEO)

An Israeli intelligence researcher says a successful nerve gas attack perpetrated by a Japanese...

Police Investigating Possible Baltimore Hate Crime After Man Fires BB Gun, Yells Anti-Semitic Slur Near Synagogue September 28, 2014 11:10 am

Police Investigating Possible Baltimore Hate Crime After Man Fires BB Gun, Yells Anti-Semitic Slur Near Synagogue

CBS Local – Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Baltimore County after...

Facebook Page of Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Contained ‘Chilling’ Posts Attacking U.S., Israel September 27, 2014 9:04 pm

Facebook Page of Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Contained ‘Chilling’ Posts Attacking U.S., Israel

Breitbart – Reporters Rob Morris and Sarah Jensen of The Moore Daily said that a Facebook...

Israel, U.S. Blast Abbas Speech at United Nations as ‘Provocative’, ‘Counterproductive’ September 27, 2014 8:54 pm

Israel, U.S. Blast Abbas Speech at United Nations as ‘Provocative’, ‘Counterproductive’

JNS.org - Israel questioned Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s ability...

Rabbi Says Booted From Jackson, Mississippi Restaurant for Being Jewish September 24, 2014 5:33 pm

Rabbi Says Booted From Jackson, Mississippi Restaurant for Being Jewish

An American rabbi said that he was thrown out of a Jackson, Miss., restaurant on Tuesday after...

Obama Reiterates Alliance With Israel, Fighting Anti-Semitism in Rosh Hashanah Message (VIDEO) September 24, 2014 4:52 pm

Obama Reiterates Alliance With Israel, Fighting Anti-Semitism in Rosh Hashanah Message (VIDEO)

JNS.org – President Barack Obama reiterated America’s “unshakeable alliance”...

Source: U.S. Informed Iran in Advance of Strikes on Islamic State Militants in Syria September 24, 2014 10:47 am

Source: U.S. Informed Iran in Advance of Strikes on Islamic State Militants in Syria

Yahoo/Reuters – The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike...

Eric Schmidt Tells Jewish Group Internet is ‘Best Thing Ever Invented to Combat Prejudice’ September 23, 2014 5:18 pm

Eric Schmidt Tells Jewish Group Internet is ‘Best Thing Ever Invented to Combat Prejudice’

The Internet is the best tool to fight hatred, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told...

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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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