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Obama Tells UN That Secretary of State Kerry Will Open Direct Talks With Iran September 24, 2013 12:33 pm

Obama Tells UN That Secretary of State Kerry Will Open Direct Talks With Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that aside...

Obama Calls Denial of Syrian Regime’s Chemical Weapon Use an ‘Insult to Human Reason’ September 24, 2013 12:26 pm

Obama Calls Denial of Syrian Regime’s Chemical Weapon Use an ‘Insult to Human Reason’

U.S. President Barack Obama criticized members of the United Nations General Assembly on...

Obama at UN: ‘Israel is Here to Stay’ September 24, 2013 11:58 am

Obama at UN: ‘Israel is Here to Stay’

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, chastising...

Israel-Influenced TV Show ‘Homeland’ Wins Emmy Award September 24, 2013 12:19 am

Israel-Influenced TV Show ‘Homeland’ Wins Emmy Award

JNS.org - Actress Claire Danes won her second award for outstanding leading dramatic actress...

NYC’s ‘Anti-Semitic Elmo’ Pleads Guilty to Extortion Scheme September 22, 2013 2:21 pm

NYC’s ‘Anti-Semitic Elmo’ Pleads Guilty to Extortion Scheme

The Times Square Elmo who made headlines for heckling tourists with anti-Semitic rants pleaded...

U.S. Open to Talks With Iran at ‘Range of Levels’ September 22, 2013 6:14 am

U.S. Open to Talks With Iran at ‘Range of Levels’

JNS.org – U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said Friday that while...

‘Sukkathon 2013′: Jewish Agency Competition Seeks ‘Number One Sukkah’ September 21, 2013 2:00 pm

‘Sukkathon 2013′: Jewish Agency Competition Seeks ‘Number One Sukkah’

JNS.org – The Jewish Agency for Israel has launched titled “Sukkathon 2013,” an...

Sukkah City Film Captures Competition that Explored New Twists on an Ancient Structure (VIDEO) September 19, 2013 7:01 pm

Sukkah City Film Captures Competition that Explored New Twists on an Ancient Structure (VIDEO)

When author Joshua Foer conjured up the idea to hold the world’s first international...

Obama Tells Rouhani U.S. Has Solution to Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute September 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Obama Tells Rouhani U.S. Has Solution to Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute

Ynet - President Barack Obama has told Iran’s President Hassan Rohani in an exchange...

U.S. Tour Operator Glorifies Nazis With Fawning Tours to Hitler’s HQ, Goebbels’s Home, Göring’s Stolen Art Hideout September 18, 2013 3:29 pm

U.S. Tour Operator Glorifies Nazis With Fawning Tours to Hitler’s HQ, Goebbels’s Home, Göring’s Stolen Art Hideout

U.S. tour operator Sharkhunters International offers “a 10-day tour of southern Germany...

New Poll Shows NYC Democratic Mayoral Candidate de Blasio Has Commanding Lead Over Rival Among Jewish Voters September 18, 2013 2:36 pm

New Poll Shows NYC Democratic Mayoral Candidate de Blasio Has Commanding Lead Over Rival Among Jewish Voters

According to a new poll, New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio...

Israeli Terror Victims Win Right to Have Case Against Bank of China Heard in U.S. Court September 18, 2013 12:15 pm

Israeli Terror Victims Win Right to Have Case Against Bank of China Heard in U.S. Court

The families of 20 Israeli terror victims have won a precedent-setting legal decision in the...

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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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