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US National Archives Preserves Recovered Iraqi Jewish Objects Ahead of Fall Exhibit August 13, 2013 1:36 pm

US National Archives Preserves Recovered Iraqi Jewish Objects Ahead of Fall Exhibit

Conservators at the US National Archives have been hard at work restoring a wealth of historic...

Footage of Controversial, Never-Released 1972 Jerry Lewis Holocaust Film Surfaces (VIDEO) August 13, 2013 10:52 am

Footage of Controversial, Never-Released 1972 Jerry Lewis Holocaust Film Surfaces (VIDEO)

Scenes from a controversial never before released Jerry Lewis film are finally seeing the...

US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Peres: GOP Leaders Came to Show Strength of American Support for Israel August 13, 2013 9:43 am

US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Peres: GOP Leaders Came to Show Strength of American Support for Israel

US Congressional Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the highest-ranking Jew in Congress, led a group...

Israeli Man Shoots 9-Year Old Son, Commits Suicide; Chabad Rabbi Reveals Killer’s Depression August 12, 2013 8:25 am

Israeli Man Shoots 9-Year Old Son, Commits Suicide; Chabad Rabbi Reveals Killer’s Depression

Washington Post / AP – A New Hampshire software engineer shot his 9-year-old son to...

Boston Jewish Family Sues Carver Schools in US District Court for Turning Blind Eye to Anti-Semitism Against 13-Year Old Son August 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Boston Jewish Family Sues Carver Schools in US District Court for Turning Blind Eye to Anti-Semitism Against 13-Year Old Son

A Jewish family is suing the school district of Carver, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts,...

Catholic School Educators Learn About the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism August 9, 2013 11:00 pm

Catholic School Educators Learn About the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – A group of 40 Catholic school educators traveled to Washington, DC, in late...

Shocking: Video Emerges of Toronto’s ‘Al Quds Day’ Rally Featuring Anti-Israel Rants From Children, Nazi Comparison (VIDEO) August 9, 2013 12:00 pm

Shocking: Video Emerges of Toronto’s ‘Al Quds Day’ Rally Featuring Anti-Israel Rants From Children, Nazi Comparison (VIDEO)

Shocking footage of a child and a Muslim woman reading anti-Israel speeches at an “Al Quds...

Three Charged With Hate Crimes for Shooting Chasidic Jew With Paintball Gun in New York Jewish Enclave August 9, 2013 11:42 am

Three Charged With Hate Crimes for Shooting Chasidic Jew With Paintball Gun in New York Jewish Enclave

Three thugs accused by police of shooting a Chasidic Jew with a paintball gun from a moving...

Howard Stern’s ‘Tuchas’ Gets Laughs on America’s Got Talent (VIDEO) August 9, 2013 11:26 am

Howard Stern’s ‘Tuchas’ Gets Laughs on America’s Got Talent (VIDEO)

In a small act of tikkun olam, radio shock-jock and all-around media personality Howard Stern...

Israel Asks Congress for Impartial Treatment in Sequester August 9, 2013 8:25 am

Israel Asks Congress for Impartial Treatment in Sequester

JTA – Israel has asked congressional leaders to make sure that its earmarks are cut...

Jackie Robinson Statue in Brooklyn Spray-Painted With ‘Heil Hitler,’ Swastika August 9, 2013 7:03 am

Jackie Robinson Statue in Brooklyn Spray-Painted With ‘Heil Hitler,’ Swastika

JNS.org - The words “Heil Hitler” and a swastika, in addition to other racist graffiti,...

Raised Jewish, Comedian Chelsea Handler Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past (VIDEO) August 8, 2013 10:41 am

Raised Jewish, Comedian Chelsea Handler Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past (VIDEO)

Comedian Chelsea Handler’s blonde hair and blue eyes betray the fact that she descends...

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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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