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Fire at U.S.’s Largest Knish Factory Leaves Nation’s Noshers Without November 11, 2013 5:29 pm

Fire at U.S.’s Largest Knish Factory Leaves Nation’s Noshers Without

A fire six weeks ago at the U.S.’s largest knish factory, in Copiague, Long Island,...

ADL Rips Obama Admin. Over Iran Deal, Leaks, Calls for New Sanctions November 11, 2013 5:13 pm

ADL Rips Obama Admin. Over Iran Deal, Leaks, Calls for New Sanctions

Jewish human rights group, the Anti-Defamation League, sharply criticized the Obama administration...

Rabbi Returns $98,000 Found in Craigslist Furniture (VIDEO) November 11, 2013 1:08 pm

Rabbi Returns $98,000 Found in Craigslist Furniture (VIDEO)

A rabbi in New Haven, Connecticut got one enviable return on his investment recently when...

Naftali Bennett to Jewish Groups: Help Defeat Iran Sanctions Relief Deal November 10, 2013 11:51 pm

Naftali Bennett to Jewish Groups: Help Defeat Iran Sanctions Relief Deal

JNS.org - Israeli Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi)...

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Provided by Jewish Groups November 10, 2013 9:42 pm

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Provided by Jewish Groups

JNS.org - Jewish groups organized relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,...

Top American Jewish Leaders Slam Kerry, Obama Admin. Over Iran, Peace Talks Comments November 10, 2013 9:23 pm

Top American Jewish Leaders Slam Kerry, Obama Admin. Over Iran, Peace Talks Comments

Top American Jewish leaders had harsh words Sunday for U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry,...

CUFI Founder Pastor John Hagee Honored by Major Jewish Groups November 7, 2013 11:59 pm

CUFI Founder Pastor John Hagee Honored by Major Jewish Groups

JNS.org - Christians United For Israel (CUFI) founder Pastor John Hagee was recognized by...

Iranian Nobel Laureate Ebadi Slams Rouhani’s Human Rights Record November 7, 2013 12:13 pm

Iranian Nobel Laureate Ebadi Slams Rouhani’s Human Rights Record

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has sharply criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani...

NYC Jewish Voters Looking Forward to Getting to Know Mayor de Blasio November 7, 2013 9:35 am

NYC Jewish Voters Looking Forward to Getting to Know Mayor de Blasio

Times of Israel – On Tuesday, New York City elected Bill de Blasio as its first Democratic...

Israel’s Sodastream to Air $4 Million Super Bowl Ad November 6, 2013 6:27 pm

Israel’s Sodastream to Air $4 Million Super Bowl Ad

JNS.org - Sodastream, the popular Israeli carbonated drinks company, has announced that...

Bill de Blasio Wins NYC Mayoral Vote in Landslide November 6, 2013 9:17 am

Bill de Blasio Wins NYC Mayoral Vote in Landslide

Politico – Democratic New York is back — though really, it was here all along. Bill...

Poll: Americans Want ‘Minimal’ Involvement in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution November 5, 2013 7:53 pm

Poll: Americans Want ‘Minimal’ Involvement in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution

JNS.org - Sixty-two percent of American respondents in a new Anti-Defamation League survey...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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