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Outrage Over New York Post Coverage of Tragic Death of Kidnapped Chasidic Jew January 5, 2014 11:51 am

Outrage Over New York Post Coverage of Tragic Death of Kidnapped Chasidic Jew

The New York Post came under heavy criticism for its coverage of the tragic death of  Menachem...

Chasidic Real Estate Developer Found Dead in Great Neck January 4, 2014 8:38 pm

Chasidic Real Estate Developer Found Dead in Great Neck

New York Post – A smoldering corpse pulled from a Great Neck dumpster is the millionaire...

NYU Prof to Head ASA, Supports Israel Boycott; NY Lawmakers Threaten to Withdraw State Aid January 3, 2014 2:00 pm

NYU Prof to Head ASA, Supports Israel Boycott; NY Lawmakers Threaten to Withdraw State Aid

While New York University’s president and provost have condemned a boycott of Israeli...

‘Troycott’ Facebook Campaign Opposing ASA Anti-Israel Boycott Gains Traction January 3, 2014 10:50 am

‘Troycott’ Facebook Campaign Opposing ASA Anti-Israel Boycott Gains Traction

JNS.org – A new Facebook campaign by McGill University American History professor...

Netanyahu Thanks U.S. Senators for American Support of Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor January 3, 2014 10:16 am

Netanyahu Thanks U.S. Senators for American Support of Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday thanked U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ),...

Student Leader Calls for Universities to Fire Academics That Voted for ASA Israel Boycott January 2, 2014 11:39 pm

Student Leader Calls for Universities to Fire Academics That Voted for ASA Israel Boycott

An American student leader called for U.S. universities to fire academics that voted in favor...

Pro-Israel College Groups Denied Chance to Present at Modern Language Association Conference January 2, 2014 11:29 am

Pro-Israel College Groups Denied Chance to Present at Modern Language Association Conference

JNS.org – The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus...

Peres to Deliver Knesset Petition for Pollard’s Release to the White House January 1, 2014 12:22 pm

Peres to Deliver Knesset Petition for Pollard’s Release to the White House

JNS.org – Israeli President Shimon Peres said he will deliver a petition to the...

Bronx Synagogue Swastika: Rabbi Says Graffiti ‘Particularly Hurtful’ to Holocaust Survivor Members January 1, 2014 10:58 am

Bronx Synagogue Swastika: Rabbi Says Graffiti ‘Particularly Hurtful’ to Holocaust Survivor Members

Kingsbridge Center of Israel Rabbi David Jonas said that swastika graffiti tagged on his...

Giant Swastika Sprayed on Kingsbridge, Bronx Center of Israel Synagogue January 1, 2014 10:38 am

Giant Swastika Sprayed on Kingsbridge, Bronx Center of Israel Synagogue

A four square foot Nazi swastika was spray painted in black across the front wall of the Kingsbridge...

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Tweets Family Photos After Her Son’s Circumcision December 31, 2013 12:29 pm

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Tweets Family Photos After Her Son’s Circumcision

Celebrity fashion stylist Rachel Zoe late on Monday tweeted a family picture after the bris...

Wiesenthal Center Accepts Tony Parker Apology, Calls for Statement in French December 30, 2013 4:47 pm

Wiesenthal Center Accepts Tony Parker Apology, Calls for Statement in French

Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), has accepted an apology issued...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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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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