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Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Rips New York Times Editorial as ‘Embarrassment to Journalism’ July 8, 2014 6:01 pm

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Rips New York Times Editorial as ‘Embarrassment to Journalism’

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, attacked The New York Times...

Obama Says Only Peace Will Guarantee Israel’s Security July 8, 2014 6:28 am

Obama Says Only Peace Will Guarantee Israel’s Security

Haaretz – As Air Force One prepared to touch down in the Holy Land last year, I looked out...

Justin Bieber Posts Video of Tom Hanks Dressed Like Rabbi and Singing ‘This Is How We Do It’ (VIDEO) July 8, 2014 12:21 am

Justin Bieber Posts Video of Tom Hanks Dressed Like Rabbi and Singing ‘This Is How We Do It’ (VIDEO)

Heartthrob pop sensation Justin Bieber posted unlikely footage on Monday of actor Tom Hanks...

Best Man at Jewish Wedding in Israel Gets Near-Fatal Electric Shock From Faulty Mic (VIDEO) July 7, 2014 6:01 pm

Best Man at Jewish Wedding in Israel Gets Near-Fatal Electric Shock From Faulty Mic (VIDEO)

Footage surfaced online on Monday showing the best man at a Jewish wedding in Beersheba, Israel...

Rabbi Returns Lost Tefillin Sets Found in Alabama Unclaimed Airline Baggage Store July 7, 2014 12:37 pm

Rabbi Returns Lost Tefillin Sets Found in Alabama Unclaimed Airline Baggage Store

A Florida rabbi who recently discovered seven tefillin sets in an unclaimed airline baggage...

U.S. Blasts Assad Regime as Worst Since the Nazis July 7, 2014 9:41 am

U.S. Blasts Assad Regime as Worst Since the Nazis

Daily Beast – Tens of thousands of photographs showing the Syrian government’s torture,...

U.S. Company Signs $1.17 Billion Deal to Invest in Iran Bio-Energy July 6, 2014 5:47 am

U.S. Company Signs $1.17 Billion Deal to Invest in Iran Bio-Energy

AFP – A U.S. company has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175 billion (864 million...

Human Rights Group Launches Campaign Calling for End to U.S. Funding for Fatah-Hamas Unity Government July 4, 2014 3:06 pm

Human Rights Group Launches Campaign Calling for End to U.S. Funding for Fatah-Hamas Unity Government

Human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Wednesday launched a petition campaign...

ADL Blasts Anti-Israel Groups for ‘Shock­ing, Shameful’ Failure to Condemn Slaying of Israeli Teens July 4, 2014 1:57 pm

ADL Blasts Anti-Israel Groups for ‘Shock­ing, Shameful’ Failure to Condemn Slaying of Israeli Teens

Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday sharply criticized...

Jewish Group, Kerry Imply Israeli Guilt in Arab Teen’s Death Before Investigation Completed July 3, 2014 5:21 pm

Jewish Group, Kerry Imply Israeli Guilt in Arab Teen’s Death Before Investigation Completed

JNS.org - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has drawn criticism for its response...

Jewish Community Weighs in on Both Sides of Hobby Lobby Ruling July 1, 2014 10:09 pm

Jewish Community Weighs in on Both Sides of Hobby Lobby Ruling

JNS.org - Nine Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives denounced the U.S....

U.S. Reps: Palestinian Unity Government Should be Dissolved After Murder of Teens July 1, 2014 12:39 pm

U.S. Reps: Palestinian Unity Government Should be Dissolved After Murder of Teens

JNS.org – U.S. leaders condemned the murders of the three Israeli teens, one of whom was...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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