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Boston Marathon Attack Victims Honored at Service Attended by Obama and Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders April 19, 2013 12:55 am

Boston Marathon Attack Victims Honored at Service Attended by Obama and Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders

President Barack Obama, along with Massachusetts’s top political leaders and Jewish, Christian...

Boston Marathon Runners from Israel React to Bombings April 18, 2013 8:24 am

Boston Marathon Runners from Israel React to Bombings

Although they come from a country that is long accustomed to terrorism, the 17 Israelis who...

U.S. to Invest $400 Million More in Iron Dome April 17, 2013 9:03 am

U.S. to Invest $400 Million More in Iron Dome

Ynet – The United States plans to finance the Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile...

Netanyahu Flies to London for Thatcher Funeral, Meeting With David Cameron April 17, 2013 2:00 am

Netanyahu Flies to London for Thatcher Funeral, Meeting With David Cameron

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah flew to London...

Senate Adopts Resolution to Help Israel if Drawn Into Iran Conflict April 17, 2013 1:58 am

Senate Adopts Resolution to Help Israel if Drawn Into Iran Conflict

On Israel’s 65th Independence Day, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted...

Jewish Leaders Express Shock and Condolences After Boston Marathon Attack April 17, 2013 1:48 am

Jewish Leaders Express Shock and Condolences After Boston Marathon Attack

While the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon continues to unfold, Jewish...

Boston Marathon Bombings: Jewish Runner Recounts ‘Gruesome Day’ April 16, 2013 11:17 am

Boston Marathon Bombings: Jewish Runner Recounts ‘Gruesome Day’

Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget. That’s because...

Chabad Rabbi Donning Tefillin at Boston Marathon Recounts Bomb Horror April 16, 2013 11:07 am

Chabad Rabbi Donning Tefillin at Boston Marathon Recounts Bomb Horror

Yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is just beginning to crystallize in some...

Canadian University Student Union Strips Anti-Israel Group of Official Status April 16, 2013 10:33 am

Canadian University Student Union Strips Anti-Israel Group of Official Status

The University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) in Canada has become the first student group...

US Jewish Organizations “Standing Vigilant” Following Boston Marathon Bombings April 16, 2013 2:20 am

US Jewish Organizations “Standing Vigilant” Following Boston Marathon Bombings

JTA – The head of the security network for U.S. Jewish organizations said the community...

Reports: Saudi National Held in Relation to Boston Bombings April 16, 2013 2:20 am

Reports: Saudi National Held in Relation to Boston Bombings

CBS – Following the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon that has claimed two lives and...

ADL, After Boston Marathon Bombings, Cites ‘History of Extremist-Related Events’ This Week April 16, 2013 1:49 am

ADL, After Boston Marathon Bombings, Cites ‘History of Extremist-Related Events’ This Week

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), reacting to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings that killed...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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