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Gary Oldman Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Comments About Jews June 25, 2014 11:02 am

Gary Oldman Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Comments About Jews

JNS.org – Actor Gary Oldman apologized for a Playboy interview comments he had made defending...

Mel Gibson Arresting Officer Hits Back After Gary Oldman Defends Actor’s Anti-Semitic Rant June 25, 2014 12:33 am

Mel Gibson Arresting Officer Hits Back After Gary Oldman Defends Actor’s Anti-Semitic Rant

The police officer who arrested Mel Gibson for his 2006 DUI arrest, which included an infamous...

Gary Oldman Blasted for Repeating ‘Anti-Jewish Tropes’ in Defense of Mel Gibson June 24, 2014 4:21 pm

Gary Oldman Blasted for Repeating ‘Anti-Jewish Tropes’ in Defense of Mel Gibson

Actor Gary Oldman has come under fire for defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments...

Christians United for Israel Takes on Presbyterian Church USA’s Divestment Vote; Elicits 26,000 Responses in Support in 1 Day June 24, 2014 2:23 pm

Christians United for Israel Takes on Presbyterian Church USA’s Divestment Vote; Elicits 26,000 Responses in Support in 1 Day

Christians United for Israel, CUFI, on Tuesday said it distributed an action alert to its...

National Review Editors Rip ‘World’s Organized Hostility to Israel’ June 24, 2014 10:45 am

National Review Editors Rip ‘World’s Organized Hostility to Israel’

The National Review Online editors railed against “the world’s organized hostility...

Actor Gary Oldman Defends Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Rants June 24, 2014 5:33 am

Actor Gary Oldman Defends Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Rants

New York Daily News – Maybe Gary Oldman should’ve stuck to a script. The Dawn of the...

Former KKK Grand Wizard Congratulates Presbytarian Church USA on Israel Divestment Vote June 23, 2014 2:42 pm

Former KKK Grand Wizard Congratulates Presbytarian Church USA on Israel Divestment Vote

David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and frequently unsuccessful U.S. political...

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Visits Missing Israeli Teen’s Family June 23, 2014 10:06 am

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Visits Missing Israeli Teen’s Family

JNS.org – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visited the family of kidnapped Israeli...

Presbyterian Church Approves Divestment From Israel June 22, 2014 4:11 am

Presbyterian Church Approves Divestment From Israel

JNS.org - Leaders of Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) voted Friday at the church’s biennial...

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt Agrees on Coaching Contract With Cleveland Cavaliers June 20, 2014 6:10 pm

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt Agrees on Coaching Contract With Cleveland Cavaliers

JNS.org - European Basketball coach David Blatt, who has spearheaded Maccabi Tel Aviv’s...

Israeli Pilot Killed in Light Plane Crash in New York June 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Israeli Pilot Killed in Light Plane Crash in New York

JNS.org – Israeli businessman and recreational pilot Hanan Shoshany was killed in a plane...

Alan Gross’ Mother Dies as He Remains in Cuban Prison June 19, 2014 10:22 am

Alan Gross’ Mother Dies as He Remains in Cuban Prison

JNS.org – The mother of Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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