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Poll: Obama Foreign Policy Hurts Approval Ratings March 27, 2014 9:23 am

Poll: Obama Foreign Policy Hurts Approval Ratings

AP – Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public’s waning...

Officials Say Kerry Talks With Abbas Were ‘Constructive’ March 27, 2014 9:19 am

Officials Say Kerry Talks With Abbas Were ‘Constructive’

Politico – Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud...

Israel Divestment Measure Vetoed by Loyola U. Student Government President March 26, 2014 9:20 pm

Israel Divestment Measure Vetoed by Loyola U. Student Government President

JNS.org - Pedro Guerrero, president of the United Student Government Association (USGA)...

Jewish Canadian Parliamentarian Says He Was Poisoned by Russia in 2006 March 26, 2014 3:57 pm

Jewish Canadian Parliamentarian Says He Was Poisoned by Russia in 2006

Irwin Cotler, a Jewish member of Canada’s parliament and the country’s former...

Loyola Student Government Again Passes Israel Divestment, But by Smaller Margin March 26, 2014 3:45 pm

Loyola Student Government Again Passes Israel Divestment, But by Smaller Margin

JNS.org - After four-and-a-half hours of debate, the United Student Government Association...

BDS Resolution Defeated at University of Michigan March 26, 2014 9:38 am

BDS Resolution Defeated at University of Michigan

A resolution to begin a process to divest from companies that invest or operate in Israel...

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Effort to Salvage Israel-PA Peace Talks March 26, 2014 9:18 am

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Effort to Salvage Israel-PA Peace Talks

Jerusalem Post – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Palestinian Authority President...

State Dept Says Israeli ‘Unequal Treatment’ of Arab-Americans Holding Back Visa Waiver Deal March 26, 2014 7:08 am

State Dept Says Israeli ‘Unequal Treatment’ of Arab-Americans Holding Back Visa Waiver Deal

JTA – Discrimination against visiting Arab-Americans is the primary reason Israel is not...

Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to Israeli Cover of His Hit Single ‘Happy’ (VIDEO) March 25, 2014 7:51 pm

Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to Israeli Cover of His Hit Single ‘Happy’ (VIDEO)

American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams chose an Israeli adaptation of his hit song Happy...

Jewish Students Report Intimidation as BDS Battle Ignites at University of Michigan March 25, 2014 5:39 pm

Jewish Students Report Intimidation as BDS Battle Ignites at University of Michigan

Jewish students reported being intimidated and threatened at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor,...

U.S. Welcomes Departure of ‘Noxious’ U.N. Rights Envoy for Palestinian Arabs March 25, 2014 4:24 pm

U.S. Welcomes Departure of ‘Noxious’ U.N. Rights Envoy for Palestinian Arabs

Reuters – The United States on Monday welcomed the imminent departure of a U.N. human rights...

White House Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ After Saudis Deny Visa to Jewish Journalist March 25, 2014 10:22 am

White House Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ After Saudis Deny Visa to Jewish Journalist

Jerusalem Post – The White House expressed “deep disappointment” on Tuesday...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    He’s a 6’7″ Jewish freestyle rapper who roams the streets of New York delivering his rhymes to unsuspecting passersby. Te’Devan, who calls himself the “6’7″ Jew who will rap for you” was recently profiled by the Gothamist blog. In a video posted Monday on YouTube, as part of the website’s No Your City eight-part series created by Nicolas Heller, Te’Devan is seen rapping about “not trying to conform to the status quo” and his mission to “be what I’m supposed to be.” [...]

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