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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...

U.S. Ambassador: America Not Giving Up on Israel Peace Talks December 10, 2014 3:45 pm

U.S. Ambassador: America Not Giving Up on Israel Peace Talks

JNS.org - America will not give up on the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations...

Chabad Stabbing Victim Levi Rosenblatt Regains Consciousness After Surgery December 10, 2014 9:37 am

Chabad Stabbing Victim Levi Rosenblatt Regains Consciousness After Surgery

Levi Rosenblatt, the 22 year old Israeli student who was stabbed in the head yesterday morning...

New York Assemblyman Compares Attack at Chabad HQ to Jerusalem Synagogue Atrocity, as Stabbing Victim’s Condition Improves December 9, 2014 6:05 pm

New York Assemblyman Compares Attack at Chabad HQ to Jerusalem Synagogue Atrocity, as Stabbing Victim’s Condition Improves

The condition of Levi Rosenblatt, the 22 year-old yeshiva student who was stabbed in an early...

Crown Heights Jewish Leaders Appeal for Calm Following Stabbing of Yeshiva Student and Fatal Shooting of African-American Assailant December 9, 2014 12:08 pm

Crown Heights Jewish Leaders Appeal for Calm Following Stabbing of Yeshiva Student and Fatal Shooting of African-American Assailant

Leaders of the Jewish community in the volatile Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn are...

Israeli Yeshiva Student Stabbed at Chabad Headquarters in New York (VIDEO) December 9, 2014 11:29 am

Israeli Yeshiva Student Stabbed at Chabad Headquarters in New York (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat, a 22-year-old Israeli yeshiva student, was wounded...

Jewish Group Accuses New York Times of “Crossing Red Line” By Publishing American Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal December 8, 2014 2:36 pm

Jewish Group Accuses New York Times of “Crossing Red Line” By Publishing American Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal

Less than one month after being indefinitely banned from entering the German parliament following...

Open Hillel Outed as ‘Vessel for BDS Agenda’ by Former Campus Co-ordinator December 8, 2014 12:27 pm

Open Hillel Outed as ‘Vessel for BDS Agenda’ by Former Campus Co-ordinator

Back in October, Holly Bicerano, a Jewish student at Boston University, penned an article...

Christian Bale Says He Asked to be Called ‘Moishe’ During Filming of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ (VIDEO) December 7, 2014 5:44 pm

Christian Bale Says He Asked to be Called ‘Moishe’ During Filming of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ (VIDEO)

Actor Christian Bale, who plays the role of Moses in the upcoming big screen retelling of...

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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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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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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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