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White House Aggressively Working to Limit Democratic Defections on Iran Deal March 18, 2015 9:54 am

White House Aggressively Working to Limit Democratic Defections on Iran Deal

Politico – The White House is moving aggressively to limit Democratic defections on...

Swastika Found at George Washington University for Second Time in Recent Weeks March 18, 2015 8:32 am

Swastika Found at George Washington University for Second Time in Recent Weeks

George Washington University President Steven Knapp revealed on Monday that a swastika was...

Swastikas Found at Jewish Fraternity at Vanderbilt; University Condemns March 18, 2015 8:01 am

Swastikas Found at Jewish Fraternity at Vanderbilt; University Condemns

The Vanderbilt University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente on...

Israeli Ambassador Thanks Canada for Support at United Nations March 17, 2015 12:36 pm

Israeli Ambassador Thanks Canada for Support at United Nations

JNS.org - Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak thanked the Canadian government, led...

Great Neck Schools Warn of ‘Specter of Antisemitism’ After ‘Gassing Jews’ Facebook Post March 16, 2015 8:11 pm

Great Neck Schools Warn of ‘Specter of Antisemitism’ After ‘Gassing Jews’ Facebook Post

Great Neck Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas P. Dolan responded on Monday to a recent antisemitic...

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat March 16, 2015 7:29 pm

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran...

Michael Douglas Reveals Family’s Personal Experience With Anti-Semitism March 16, 2015 4:43 pm

Michael Douglas Reveals Family’s Personal Experience With Anti-Semitism

Famed actor Michael Douglas revealed that his 14 year-old-son Dylan was the victim of an antisemitic...

David Duke Accuses GOP of Selling Soul to ‘Jewish Power’, Calls Netanyahu a ‘Crazy Jew’ March 16, 2015 4:32 pm

David Duke Accuses GOP of Selling Soul to ‘Jewish Power’, Calls Netanyahu a ‘Crazy Jew’

Former Ku Klux Klan leader and state legislator David Duke accused Republicans of “having...

Reform Rabbinical Authority Appoints Openly Gay President March 16, 2015 2:09 pm

Reform Rabbinical Authority Appoints Openly Gay President

JNS.org – Rabbi Denise Eger, the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Los Angeles,...

Natalie Portman Signs Petition to End Child Poverty in Israel March 16, 2015 1:52 pm

Natalie Portman Signs Petition to End Child Poverty in Israel

JNS.org – Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman signed a petition against child...

Kerry, Zarif Seek Breakthrough in Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Approaches March 16, 2015 10:24 am

Kerry, Zarif Seek Breakthrough in Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Approaches

Yahoo/AFP – Iran nuclear talks entered a critical week Monday with US Secretary of State...

Research Shows ‘SuperBubbes’ Might Hold Secret to Immortality March 15, 2015 11:19 pm

Research Shows ‘SuperBubbes’ Might Hold Secret to Immortality

Aging Ashkenazi Jewish women who live long, healthy lives could hold the key to immortality, according...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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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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