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Judge: Chasidic NYPD Recruit, Fired After Refusing to Shave, Was Victim of Discrimination November 17, 2013 5:14 pm

Judge: Chasidic NYPD Recruit, Fired After Refusing to Shave, Was Victim of Discrimination

New York Daily News – A rookie Hasidic cop fired by the NYPD for refusing to trim his...

‘Israel Apartheid Week’ Endorsed by University of Toronto Scarborough November 15, 2013 2:30 pm

‘Israel Apartheid Week’ Endorsed by University of Toronto Scarborough

JNS.org – The student union at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is the...

First Trailer for Controversial ‘Noah’ Film Released (VIDEO) November 15, 2013 12:05 pm

First Trailer for Controversial ‘Noah’ Film Released (VIDEO)

The much anticipated film “Noah,” about the eponymous biblical character, has...

New Pro-Israel College Group Seeks to Turn Florida Success Into National Growth November 15, 2013 9:54 am

New Pro-Israel College Group Seeks to Turn Florida Success Into National Growth

JNS.org - A new pro-Israel campus organization is looking to tap into the success its founders...

Rice Critical of Israel’s Settlement Plans November 15, 2013 9:47 am

Rice Critical of Israel’s Settlement Plans

JPost – US President Barack Obama’s top national security aide on Thursday blamed...

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital Rejects Proposed Bill Banning Religious Adornment November 14, 2013 5:42 pm

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital Rejects Proposed Bill Banning Religious Adornment

The new executive director of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital had strong words for...

Jim Joseph Foundation Gives $4.5 Million to Jewish Education Initiatives November 14, 2013 2:58 pm

Jim Joseph Foundation Gives $4.5 Million to Jewish Education Initiatives

JNS.org – The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation awarded more than $4.5 million...

ADL ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Brooklyn College Departments’ Sponsorship of Events Featuring ‘Unabashed Haters of Israel’ November 14, 2013 11:54 am

ADL ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Brooklyn College Departments’ Sponsorship of Events Featuring ‘Unabashed Haters of Israel’

The Anti-Defamation League says it is “deeply troubled” by the fact that two events...

Anti-Israeli Statements in Kerry Congress Briefing November 14, 2013 10:20 am

Anti-Israeli Statements in Kerry Congress Briefing

JNS.org - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told U.S. senators to ignore Israeli...

Kerry Pleads for No New Iran Sanctions as Talks Continue November 14, 2013 10:05 am

Kerry Pleads for No New Iran Sanctions as Talks Continue

CNN – Secretary of State John Kerry took his case on Wednesday to Capitol Hill, urging...

Billy Crystal Lampoons Popular TV Series With ‘Schmuck Dynasty’ (VIDEO) November 13, 2013 4:41 pm

Billy Crystal Lampoons Popular TV Series With ‘Schmuck Dynasty’ (VIDEO)

Actor and comedian Billy Crystal is crying fowl–err foul — and he has the tape...

Jewish Pugilist Foreman Scores First Round Knockout Win, Continuing Stellar Comeback (VIDEO) November 13, 2013 3:26 pm

Jewish Pugilist Foreman Scores First Round Knockout Win, Continuing Stellar Comeback (VIDEO)

Jewish boxer Yuri Foreman scored a stunning first-round knockout victory Tuesday night at...

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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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