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Reporter: Obama Emails More Guilt Tripping Than ‘Any Jewish Relative’ April 2, 2014 12:23 pm

Reporter: Obama Emails More Guilt Tripping Than ‘Any Jewish Relative’

Emails sent out to help raise money for President Obama’s Organizing for Action (OFA)...

Leading Manhattan Congregation Vows to Pull Support for Israel Parade Unless ‘Anti-Israel’ Groups Are Barred From Participating April 2, 2014 11:42 am

Leading Manhattan Congregation Vows to Pull Support for Israel Parade Unless ‘Anti-Israel’ Groups Are Barred From Participating

A leading Manhattan rabbi, representing some of the largest Sephardic communities in New York...

Report: U.S. and Israel Nearing Deal on Pollard Release April 2, 2014 10:16 am

Report: U.S. and Israel Nearing Deal on Pollard Release

New York Times – The Middle East peace talks verged on a breakdown Tuesday night, after...

Jewish Camper Struck by Lightening Returns to School After 9 Months (VIDEO) April 2, 2014 1:04 am

Jewish Camper Struck by Lightening Returns to School After 9 Months (VIDEO)

A Jewish teenager returned to school nine months after being struck by lightning at a summer...

Pat Robertson Says Jews ‘Polishing Diamonds, Not Fixing Cars,’ Rabbi Daniel Lapin Agrees (VIDEO) April 1, 2014 1:40 pm

Pat Robertson Says Jews ‘Polishing Diamonds, Not Fixing Cars,’ Rabbi Daniel Lapin Agrees (VIDEO)

Conservative minister and media mogul Pat Robertson conveyed anti-Jewish stereotypes in...

ADL: Violent Anti-Semitic Assaults in U.S. Nearly Doubled in 2013 April 1, 2014 1:27 pm

ADL: Violent Anti-Semitic Assaults in U.S. Nearly Doubled in 2013

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday said violent anti-Semitic assaults in the U.S. nearly...

ADL Accuses Quebec Candidate of Anti-Semitism for ‘Kosher Tax’ Claim April 1, 2014 10:35 am

ADL Accuses Quebec Candidate of Anti-Semitism for ‘Kosher Tax’ Claim

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday accused Louise Mailloux, a candidate for the province’s...

Former U.S. Embassy Hostages Enraged About New Iranian Ambassador to U.N. April 1, 2014 9:57 am

Former U.S. Embassy Hostages Enraged About New Iranian Ambassador to U.N.

Reuters – Former U.S. embassy workers held hostage in Iran from 1979 to 1981 are outraged...

In Weeks Before Murder, Brooklyn Landlord Stark Asked People to Pray for Him March 31, 2014 3:18 pm

In Weeks Before Murder, Brooklyn Landlord Stark Asked People to Pray for Him

Menachem Stark, 39, the Satmar Chasid landlord who was murdered and whose body was burnt three...

Christian-Jewish Group Teams With Limmud FSU to Connect Global Russian Jewry March 31, 2014 3:08 pm

Christian-Jewish Group Teams With Limmud FSU to Connect Global Russian Jewry

JNS.org - The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and Limmud FSU (former...

Obamacare Elicits Jewish Reactions Ahead of March 31 Enrollment Deadline March 31, 2014 2:59 pm

Obamacare Elicits Jewish Reactions Ahead of March 31 Enrollment Deadline

JNS.org – The first annual sign-up deadline for the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,”...

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey Says Speaks to Israelis More Than His Wife March 31, 2014 12:13 pm

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey Says Speaks to Israelis More Than His Wife

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Monday joked that his...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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