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Middle East Institute: No Evidence for Obama Claim of Iranian Fatwa Against Nuclear Weapons September 30, 2013 3:10 pm

Middle East Institute: No Evidence for Obama Claim of Iranian Fatwa Against Nuclear Weapons

JNS.org - There is no evidence documenting the claim by U.S. President Barack Obama that...

American Jewish Population is 6.8 Million, Report Says September 30, 2013 1:32 pm

American Jewish Population is 6.8 Million, Report Says

JNS.org - The Jewish population of the United States is 6.8 million, representing 2.2 percent...

Judge Rules NYC Lawsuit Against ‘Discriminatory’ Signs Can Proceed September 30, 2013 1:29 pm

Judge Rules NYC Lawsuit Against ‘Discriminatory’ Signs Can Proceed

A lawsuit brought by New York City against several Ultra-Orthodox shops in the Brooklyn neighborhood...

Report: Obama Stopped French Strike on Syria September 30, 2013 1:27 pm

Report: Obama Stopped French Strike on Syria

JNS.org - French President François Hollande canceled an airstrike against Syrian targets...

Ambassador Shapiro: US, Israel not far Apart on Iran September 30, 2013 8:42 am

Ambassador Shapiro: US, Israel not far Apart on Iran

JPost- US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday told Israel Radio’s “Good...

Oslo Accords Debated at Los Angeles Conference September 30, 2013 7:00 am

Oslo Accords Debated at Los Angeles Conference

JNS.org – LOS ANGELES—The debate on the merits of the Oslo Accords, whose 20th anniversary...

Report: Netanyahu to Tell Obama Iran Has Enough Uranium to Produce Bomb September 29, 2013 1:40 pm

Report: Netanyahu to Tell Obama Iran Has Enough Uranium to Produce Bomb

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he meets Barack Obama on Monday,...

Obama and Rouhani Talk in Historic Phone Call September 29, 2013 2:00 am

Obama and Rouhani Talk in Historic Phone Call

JNS.org – U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Friday...

Iran Stalls U.S. Peace Plan September 27, 2013 1:00 pm

Iran Stalls U.S. Peace Plan

Wall Street Journal – President Barack Obama argued the U.S. case before world leaders...

Obama Presses Abbas on Final Status Issues September 27, 2013 6:00 am

Obama Presses Abbas on Final Status Issues

JTA – President Obama urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to advance...

Large Theft of U.S. Weapons in Libya September 26, 2013 8:00 pm

Large Theft of U.S. Weapons in Libya

FOX News - The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment...

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ as Official Country September 25, 2013 1:19 pm

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ as Official Country

JNS.org - A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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