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Obama Taps First Rabbi for International Religious Freedom Post July 29, 2014 1:33 pm

Obama Taps First Rabbi for International Religious Freedom Post

JNS.org – U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein to fill...

Legislators Urge Disarming of Hamas at DC Gathering July 29, 2014 1:26 pm

Legislators Urge Disarming of Hamas at DC Gathering

JNS.org – U.S. lawmakers from both parties on Monday urged the disarming of Hamas at the...

Thousands of Israel Supporters Attend New York, Chicago Solidarity Rallies July 29, 2014 10:24 am

Thousands of Israel Supporters Attend New York, Chicago Solidarity Rallies

JTA – Members of Congress and thousands of Israel supporters gathered for solidarity rallies...

Pro-Hamas Protesters Cover New York Branch of Israeli Bank in Fake Blood; Bank Employees Were Warned, Sent Home Early July 28, 2014 10:34 am

Pro-Hamas Protesters Cover New York Branch of Israeli Bank in Fake Blood; Bank Employees Were Warned, Sent Home Early

Protesters supporting Hamas in Gaza defaced the New York branch of the Israeli Discount Bank,...

Chicago School Principal Reassigned After Jewish Students Shown ‘Photos of Ovens and Told to Get In’ July 28, 2014 10:07 am

Chicago School Principal Reassigned After Jewish Students Shown ‘Photos of Ovens and Told to Get In’

EAG News – A school principal has been reassigned after a series of shocking bullying incidents...

In Phone Call With Netanyahu, Obama Demands Immediate, Unconditional Ceasefire July 27, 2014 7:40 pm

In Phone Call With Netanyahu, Obama Demands Immediate, Unconditional Ceasefire

Ynet – US President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone...

Report: Israeli Sources Say Kerry ‘Completely Capitulated’ to Hamas Demands in Ceasefire Proposal July 26, 2014 11:10 pm

Report: Israeli Sources Say Kerry ‘Completely Capitulated’ to Hamas Demands in Ceasefire Proposal

Times of Israel – Israeli government sources on Saturday night accused US Secretary...

Joan Rivers Rips CNN, BBC, Selena Gomez in Epic Tirade in Defense of Israel (VIDEO) July 25, 2014 2:07 pm

Joan Rivers Rips CNN, BBC, Selena Gomez in Epic Tirade in Defense of Israel (VIDEO)

Comedy queen Joan Rivers passionately defended Israel on Thursday in a monumental tirade after...

Hannity Skewers Palestinian Guest Who Refuses to Call Hamas a Terror Org (VIDEO) July 25, 2014 1:44 pm

Hannity Skewers Palestinian Guest Who Refuses to Call Hamas a Terror Org (VIDEO)

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday engaged in a fiery exchange with a Palestinian-American guest...

U.S. Gallup Poll: Only 11% Say Hamas Justified in War Against Israel July 25, 2014 10:52 am

U.S. Gallup Poll: Only 11% Say Hamas Justified in War Against Israel

A new Gallup poll taken this week shows that only 11 percent of Americans view Hamas as being...

FAA Lifts Ban on Israel Flights July 24, 2014 7:41 am

FAA Lifts Ban on Israel Flights

JNS.org – Late on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ban...

Michael Bloomberg Arrives in Israel in FAA Flight Ban Protest (PHOTOS) July 24, 2014 1:37 am

Michael Bloomberg Arrives in Israel in FAA Flight Ban Protest (PHOTOS)

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg arrived in Israel on Wednesday in a stated act...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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