US & Canada

Foreign Minister John Baird Defies Critics of Canada’s Pro-Israel Stance January 21, 2015 7:03 pm

Foreign Minister John Baird Defies Critics of Canada’s Pro-Israel Stance

JNS.org - Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird affirmed his nation’s pro-Israel stance...

House Speaker John Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Address Congress January 21, 2015 12:00 pm

House Speaker John Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Address Congress

JNS.org – U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has invited Israeli Prime...

Obama Pledges to Veto Iran Sanctions Bill in State of the Union Address January 20, 2015 10:57 pm

Obama Pledges to Veto Iran Sanctions Bill in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama confirmed that he would veto any sanctions bill against Iran, saying...

Senators Seeking to Override Obama Veto on Iran Sanctions Bill January 20, 2015 7:23 pm

Senators Seeking to Override Obama Veto on Iran Sanctions Bill

JNS.org – Supporters of a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Senate are looking to...

Anchor Jim Clancy Leaves CNN Following Abusive Twitter Exchange With Pro-Israel Activists January 16, 2015 2:08 pm

Anchor Jim Clancy Leaves CNN Following Abusive Twitter Exchange With Pro-Israel Activists

CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network one week after a bizarre exchange with pro-Israel...

Obama Accuses Senators of Bowing to ‘Donor’ Pressure on Iran, Vows to Veto Sanctions Bill, as Tehran Accelerates Nuclear Construction January 16, 2015 1:02 pm

Obama Accuses Senators of Bowing to ‘Donor’ Pressure on Iran, Vows to Veto Sanctions Bill, as Tehran Accelerates Nuclear Construction

Hot on the heels of Iran’s announcement that it is building two new light water nuclear...

Oscar Nomination Garnered by Israeli Short Film ‘Aya’ January 16, 2015 10:29 am

Oscar Nomination Garnered by Israeli Short Film ‘Aya’

JNS.org - An Israeli short film, Aya, has been nominated in the “Best Live Action...

Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada ‘Shocked and Saddened’ by Halifax Entrepreneur’s Antisemitic Comments January 15, 2015 6:42 pm

Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada ‘Shocked and Saddened’ by Halifax Entrepreneur’s Antisemitic Comments

The new Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada on Thursday responded to a slew of antisemitic...

CNN Anchor Jim Clancy’s Twitter Account Shut Down Following Disability Slur, Insulting Exchange With Pro-Israel Activists January 15, 2015 2:24 pm

CNN Anchor Jim Clancy’s Twitter Account Shut Down Following Disability Slur, Insulting Exchange With Pro-Israel Activists

The Twitter account of veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has been shut down, following an angry...

Jewish Foundation Urges CNN to Apologize for Anchor Jim Clancy’s Disability Slur January 14, 2015 2:22 pm

Jewish Foundation Urges CNN to Apologize for Anchor Jim Clancy’s Disability Slur

JNS.org - The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, which promotes the inclusion of...

Jewish Group Rips Jon Stewart for Lumping Israel With Turkey, Russia and Egypt January 14, 2015 2:16 pm

Jewish Group Rips Jon Stewart for Lumping Israel With Turkey, Russia and Egypt

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday slammed The Daily Show host...

Senate Bill Removes Presidential Waiver of Israeli Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem January 14, 2015 10:20 am

Senate Bill Removes Presidential Waiver of Israeli Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem

JNS.org – US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dean Heller (R-NV) on Tuesday proposed legislation...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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