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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...

Kerry Heads to Israel in Effort to Save Peace Talks March 31, 2014 10:36 am

Kerry Heads to Israel in Effort to Save Peace Talks

JNS.org - Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Israel in an effort to prevent the collapse...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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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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