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U.S., Iran to Create Joint Chamber of Commerce, Resume Civilian Flights November 29, 2013 2:00 pm

U.S., Iran to Create Joint Chamber of Commerce, Resume Civilian Flights

The U.S. and Iran are planning to create a joint chamber of commerce within a month and resume...

ADL Makes Conflicting Statements on Existence of Report on Anti-Israel Texts in Boston Suburb November 29, 2013 10:59 am

ADL Makes Conflicting Statements on Existence of Report on Anti-Israel Texts in Boston Suburb

JNS.org - Anti-Defamation League (ADL) officials made conflicting statements on the existence...

Jewish Prophet Daniel Inspires Weight Loss Diet November 28, 2013 3:16 pm

Jewish Prophet Daniel Inspires Weight Loss Diet

The Daniel Fast, named after the Old Testament prophet, recommends eating fruit, vegetables...

Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities ‘Must be Bombed’, Geneva Deal Obama’s ‘Biggest Cudgel’ to Prevent Israel Self-Defense November 28, 2013 2:43 pm

Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities ‘Must be Bombed’, Geneva Deal Obama’s ‘Biggest Cudgel’ to Prevent Israel Self-Defense

House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran’s nuclear facilities...

President Obama Delivers Chanukah Message November 28, 2013 9:39 am

President Obama Delivers Chanukah Message

Times of Israel – President Barack Obama gave a Hanukkah blessing of freedom to Jews...

GW Med School: Al-Quds Exchanges ‘Would Need to be Evaluated’ After Nazi-Style Rally November 27, 2013 10:24 pm

GW Med School: Al-Quds Exchanges ‘Would Need to be Evaluated’ After Nazi-Style Rally

JNS.org – Student exchanges between the George Washington University (GW) School of...

Boy Band Superstar Harry Styles Celebrates Chanukah, Doesn’t Understand Dreidel November 27, 2013 9:37 pm

Boy Band Superstar Harry Styles Celebrates Chanukah, Doesn’t Understand Dreidel

Gentile heartthrob, Harry Styles, is again tweeting about his participation in Jewish holiday...

UN Votes in Favor of Making 2014 ‘International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People’ November 27, 2013 4:28 pm

UN Votes in Favor of Making 2014 ‘International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People’

The UN General Assembly voted on Tuesday to make 2014 the  ”International Year of Solidarity...

Iran: White House Misleading Public on Details of Nuclear Deal November 27, 2013 9:33 am

Iran: White House Misleading Public on Details of Nuclear Deal

Free Beacon – An Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s...

Poll: Americans Support Iran Deal by 2-to-1 Margin November 27, 2013 9:26 am

Poll: Americans Support Iran Deal by 2-to-1 Margin

Reuters – Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin...

ADL: New FBI Hate Crime Statistics ‘Seriously Flawed’ November 26, 2013 4:27 pm

ADL: New FBI Hate Crime Statistics ‘Seriously Flawed’

JNS.org – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has questioned the validity of the FBI’s...

As Legislators Congratulate SF State University President for Standing up to Anti-Semitism, Student Group Hate Speech Exposed November 26, 2013 1:24 pm

As Legislators Congratulate SF State University President for Standing up to Anti-Semitism, Student Group Hate Speech Exposed

As nine California legislators on Tuesday congratulated San Francisco State University President...

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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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