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White House Escalating Yearlong Domestic Lobbying Effort for Iran Nuclear Deal March 30, 2015 8:39 am

White House Escalating Yearlong Domestic Lobbying Effort for Iran Nuclear Deal

Wall Street Journal – As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire,...

Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on US-Israel Tensions Under Obama, Calls for Return of ‘Constructive’ Relationship March 29, 2015 7:50 pm

Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on US-Israel Tensions Under Obama, Calls for Return of ‘Constructive’ Relationship

After weeks of escalating criticism of Israel by the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton,...

Boehner Says White House ‘Animosity’ Toward Netanyahu is ‘Reprehensible’ (VIDEO) March 29, 2015 3:01 pm

Boehner Says White House ‘Animosity’ Toward Netanyahu is ‘Reprehensible’ (VIDEO)

House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday condemned President Obama and the White House for its...

Human Rights Group Blasts Lena Dunham’s ‘Jewish Boyfriend or Dog’ Quiz March 27, 2015 5:24 pm

Human Rights Group Blasts Lena Dunham’s ‘Jewish Boyfriend or Dog’ Quiz

Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday criticized a “troubling”...

Leading US Rabbi Joins Chorus of Concern Over Obama Administration’s Attacks on Israel March 27, 2015 5:20 pm

Leading US Rabbi Joins Chorus of Concern Over Obama Administration’s Attacks on Israel

One of America’s most prominent rabbis, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, has voiced concern over...

US Senate Passes Unanimous Resolution Threatening New Iran Sanctions if Nuclear Talks Fail March 27, 2015 4:08 pm

US Senate Passes Unanimous Resolution Threatening New Iran Sanctions if Nuclear Talks Fail

The US Senate voted unanimously supporting a non-binding measure to slap new economic sanctions...

Jewish Children Killed in Brooklyn Fire Recorded Moving Song Just Weeks Before Their Death (VIDEO) March 27, 2015 8:04 am

Jewish Children Killed in Brooklyn Fire Recorded Moving Song Just Weeks Before Their Death (VIDEO)

The seven children who died in a Friday night fire at their Brooklyn home last week recorded...

Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus (VIDEO) March 26, 2015 9:24 pm

Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus (VIDEO)

A video published on Wednesday shows a senior official at New York State’s Cornell University...

Report: In Nuclear Deal, US May Allow Iran to Operate Hundreds of Centrifuges at Secret Fordo Facility March 26, 2015 4:53 pm

Report: In Nuclear Deal, US May Allow Iran to Operate Hundreds of Centrifuges at Secret Fordo Facility

JNS.org – The US is considering allowing Iran to retain its nuclear centrifuges at the...

Sen. Schumer Announces Cosponsorship of Bill Requiring Congressional Review of Iran Deal March 26, 2015 1:34 pm

Sen. Schumer Announces Cosponsorship of Bill Requiring Congressional Review of Iran Deal

JNS.org – As the March 31 deadlines approaches for a political framework agreement...

Kerry in Switzerland for Final Efforts at Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Looms March 26, 2015 6:33 am

Kerry in Switzerland for Final Efforts at Iran Nuclear Talks as Deadline Looms

ABC News/AP – US Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Switzerland to resume Iran...

US Launches Airstrikes to Back Iran, Iraq Against Islamic State March 26, 2015 6:32 am

US Launches Airstrikes to Back Iran, Iraq Against Islamic State

Daily Beast – The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian...

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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