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Former Governor Bill Richardson Calls for Jonathan Pollard’s Release December 11, 2013 4:44 pm

Former Governor Bill Richardson Calls for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

JNS.org - Bill Richardson, who served as the governor of New Mexico and the U.S. Ambassador...

Hillel CEO Tells Swarthmore it Must Abide by Israel Guidelines to Use Umbrella’s Name December 10, 2013 11:41 pm

Hillel CEO Tells Swarthmore it Must Abide by Israel Guidelines to Use Umbrella’s Name

JNS.org – Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus...

NY Councilwoman-Elect Laurie Cumbo Apologizes for ‘Jewish Landlords’ Comment December 10, 2013 9:01 pm

NY Councilwoman-Elect Laurie Cumbo Apologizes for ‘Jewish Landlords’ Comment

JNS.org - New York City Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo has apologized for a previous statement...

Obama Admin., Congress Clash Over Iran Deal December 10, 2013 7:17 pm

Obama Admin., Congress Clash Over Iran Deal

ABC News – The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear...

Chairman of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee: Iran ‘Nearing a Nuclear Weapon’ December 10, 2013 1:46 pm

Chairman of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee: Iran ‘Nearing a Nuclear Weapon’

The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will on Tuesday deliver opening remarks...

Obama Opposes Israel’s Request for Iran Nuclear Deal to Halt All Enrichment December 8, 2013 10:02 pm

Obama Opposes Israel’s Request for Iran Nuclear Deal to Halt All Enrichment

JNS.org – President Barack Obama said he believes Iran can still have a peaceful...

Days After Defending Star of David Pig, Roger Waters Laments ‘Power’ of ‘Jewish Lobby,’ Compares Israeli Policy to Nazis December 8, 2013 3:30 am

Days After Defending Star of David Pig, Roger Waters Laments ‘Power’ of ‘Jewish Lobby,’ Compares Israeli Policy to Nazis

Just days after defending his use of an inflatable pig emblazoned with a Star of David as...

Congressional Opposition to Iran Nuke Deal Grows December 7, 2013 1:00 pm

Congressional Opposition to Iran Nuke Deal Grows

Free Beacon – Congressional opposition to the recently announced nuclear accord with...

Obama Defends Iran Deal at White House Chanukah Reception December 6, 2013 9:59 am

Obama Defends Iran Deal at White House Chanukah Reception

AFP – Washington – President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy...

Former Obama Adviser: White House Convinced Israel Not to Strike Iran in 2012 December 5, 2013 11:06 am

Former Obama Adviser: White House Convinced Israel Not to Strike Iran in 2012

Dr. Gary Samore, the recently retired White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons...

Netanyahu to Kerry: Steps Must be Taken to Prevent Further Erosion of Iran Sanctions December 5, 2013 10:27 am

Netanyahu to Kerry: Steps Must be Taken to Prevent Further Erosion of Iran Sanctions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “steps must be taken...

At Jerusalem Meeting, Kerry Aims to Assuage Israeli Concerns Over Iran Deal December 5, 2013 10:08 am

At Jerusalem Meeting, Kerry Aims to Assuage Israeli Concerns Over Iran Deal

Times of Israel – Israel’s security is of paramount importance to the White House,...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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