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Turkey’s Erdogan Abruptly Cancels Scheduled Meeting With Jewish Leader in New York September 23, 2014 2:06 pm

Turkey’s Erdogan Abruptly Cancels Scheduled Meeting With Jewish Leader in New York

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday abruptly canceled a planned meeting with...

Several Hundred Protesters Call for Met Opera to Cancel ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ September 23, 2014 12:07 pm

Several Hundred Protesters Call for Met Opera to Cancel ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

JNS.org – Several hundred protesters gathered at New York’s Lincoln Center on Monday...

U.S. Strikes Islamic State Targets in Syria, Khorasan Terror Group September 23, 2014 10:52 am

U.S. Strikes Islamic State Targets in Syria, Khorasan Terror Group

CNN – The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria...

Obama Discusses Middle East Crisis During Annual Rosh Hashanah Call With U.S. Rabbis September 23, 2014 6:07 am

Obama Discusses Middle East Crisis During Annual Rosh Hashanah Call With U.S. Rabbis

JTA – In his annual Rosh Hashanah call with American rabbis, President Obama focused...

Officials Name Khorasan Terror Group as Major New Threat September 22, 2014 11:26 am

Officials Name Khorasan Terror Group as Major New Threat

New York Times – As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign...

Senate Passes Bill Declaring Israel as ‘Major Strategic Partner’ September 19, 2014 4:47 pm

Senate Passes Bill Declaring Israel as ‘Major Strategic Partner’

JNS.org – The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership...

Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis September 18, 2014 2:10 pm

Jewish Group Partners With IsraAID to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

JNS.org – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with the Israeli international...

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO) September 18, 2014 10:55 am

Video of Orthodox Jew High-Fiving New Yorkers Trying to Hail Cabs Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Footage of an Orthodox Jewish man high-fiving unsuspecting cab-hailers in New York City is...

3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ‘Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias’ (VIDEO) September 17, 2014 5:24 pm

3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ‘Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias’ (VIDEO)

A consortium of American Jewish and civil rights groups are concerned that federal funds are...

Biden: Use of ’Shylock’ Was ‘Poor Choice of Words’ September 17, 2014 3:07 pm

Biden: Use of ’Shylock’ Was ‘Poor Choice of Words’

JNS.org – Vice President Joe Biden has spoke out Wednesday about his use of the term...

William Shatner Rips Elliot Gould in Fundraising Video for Jewish School September 17, 2014 12:04 pm

William Shatner Rips Elliot Gould in Fundraising Video for Jewish School

Legendary actor William Shatner took fellow star Elliot Gould to task over the latter’s...

Chabad Rabbi, Pregnant Wife Reached After Feared Missing in Hurricane Odile, Baja, Mexico‏ September 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Chabad Rabbi, Pregnant Wife Reached After Feared Missing in Hurricane Odile, Baja, Mexico‏

Chabad Rabbi Benny Hershcovich, and his wife, Sonia, who is 9 months pregnant, are alive and,...

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  • Sports US & Canada Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    JNS.org – An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to [...]

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  • Food Bacon Ben and Jerry’s Not Going to Happen Because It’s Not Kosher

    Bacon Ben and Jerry’s Not Going to Happen Because It’s Not Kosher

    Ben & Jerry’s Marketing Director Alison Gilbert told AOL’s morning show Rise that the ice cream brand will not add bacon to any of its products because that would not be kosher. “It’s kind of funny, a lot of people look for bacon in our ice cream, which is probably not gonna happen because all of our ice cream is kosher,” she said, referring to Jewish dietary restrictions that proscribe the consumption of pig meat. Almost all Ben & Jerry’s [...]

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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