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Jewish Comedian Billy Crystal, Rabbi Michael Lerner to Give Eulogies at Muhammad Ali’s Funeral June 9, 2016 3:53 am

Jewish Comedian Billy Crystal, Rabbi Michael Lerner to Give Eulogies at Muhammad Ali’s Funeral

Jewish comedian Billy Crystal and Michael Lerner, founder and rabbi of the Beyt Tikkun Synagogue...

Behind the Scenes: How the Anti-BDS Vote Within the American Anthropological Association Ballooned June 8, 2016 5:34 pm

Behind the Scenes: How the Anti-BDS Vote Within the American Anthropological Association Ballooned

Opponents of the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) recently defeated anti-Israel...

UC Irvine Braces for Possible Backlash Over Re-Screening of Pro-Israel Film That Stirred Violence on Campus June 8, 2016 5:00 pm

UC Irvine Braces for Possible Backlash Over Re-Screening of Pro-Israel Film That Stirred Violence on Campus

Officials at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) are preparing for possible backlash...

Hillary Clinton Makes History by Winning California Democratic Primary June 8, 2016 9:46 am

Hillary Clinton Makes History by Winning California Democratic Primary

JNS.org – Although former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has declared herself...

Actress Helen Mirren Advocates for Holocaust Victims Before Congress; Highlights ‘Moral Imperative’ to Ensure Return of Nazi Looted Art to Rightful Owners (VIDEO) June 7, 2016 5:08 pm

Actress Helen Mirren Advocates for Holocaust Victims Before Congress; Highlights ‘Moral Imperative’ to Ensure Return of Nazi Looted Art to Rightful Owners (VIDEO)

Iconic actress and Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren declared before Congress on Tuesday that...

Susan Rice Criticizes Israeli Settlements, Promises ‘Significant Increase’ in Defense Aid June 7, 2016 2:42 pm

Susan Rice Criticizes Israeli Settlements, Promises ‘Significant Increase’ in Defense Aid

JNS.org – US National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Monday reiterated the Obama administration’s...

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Is Antisemitic Iranian Professor Ideologically Aligned With Supreme Leader June 7, 2016 2:29 pm

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Is Antisemitic Iranian Professor Ideologically Aligned With Supreme Leader

An Iranian professor aligned with the regime in Tehran — who warned of a global “Jewish...

American Anthropological Association Narrowly Votes Down BDS Resolution June 7, 2016 10:02 am

American Anthropological Association Narrowly Votes Down BDS Resolution

JNS.org – The American Anthropological Association (AAA) narrowly voted against a resolution...

Hillary Clinton Gains Support From Number of Delegates Needed to Secure Democratic Nomination June 7, 2016 9:49 am

Hillary Clinton Gains Support From Number of Delegates Needed to Secure Democratic Nomination

Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential...

‘Today’ Show Co-Host Kathie Lee Gifford Tells TV Audience About Receiving ‘Builder of Israel’ Award June 7, 2016 5:38 am

‘Today’ Show Co-Host Kathie Lee Gifford Tells TV Audience About Receiving ‘Builder of Israel’ Award

Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford talked to her morning show audience on Monday about an award...

Portland State U President Slams ‘Divisive and Ill-Informed’ BDS Divestment Resolution June 6, 2016 6:18 pm

Portland State U President Slams ‘Divisive and Ill-Informed’ BDS Divestment Resolution

The upcoming Portland State University (PSU) student government vote on Monday over divestment...

Headless Doll Calling for ‘Death to All Jews’ Among Spate of Antisemitic Incidents at Western Washington University June 6, 2016 2:56 pm

Headless Doll Calling for ‘Death to All Jews’ Among Spate of Antisemitic Incidents at Western Washington University

A headless doll bearing a note reading “Death to all Jews” was among a series...

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  • Music US & Canada Musician Carlos Santana Maintains Upcoming Israel Concert With ‘Open Heart’ Despite Pressure From BDS Activists (VIDEO)

    Musician Carlos Santana Maintains Upcoming Israel Concert With ‘Open Heart’ Despite Pressure From BDS Activists (VIDEO)

    After supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement failed to pressure rock superstar Carlos Santana into cancelling his upcoming concert in Tel Aivv, the guitarist said in a video message on Thursday that he is excited to return to Israel and promote a “musical message of peace, love and an end to conflict.” “The band and I will bring our open hearts and musical energy that will resonate with your soul long after the last song has been […]

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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