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The 50 Most Stunning Synagogues on the Planet (PHOTOS) November 5, 2013 2:12 pm

The 50 Most Stunning Synagogues on the Planet (PHOTOS)

Synagogues offer a platform for creative interpretation, best exemplified in a slideshow published...

Hagel: Iran Negotiating Because of Israeli Pressure November 5, 2013 11:34 am

Hagel: Iran Negotiating Because of Israeli Pressure

Iran has been responsive to international pressure over its nuclear program in large part...

Voters head to Polls in Several U.S. States November 5, 2013 9:36 am

Voters head to Polls in Several U.S. States

Politico – Candidates for Virginia and New Jersey governor and New York City mayor...

U.S. to ‘Intervene’ if Mideast Peace Talks Fail November 4, 2013 11:40 am

U.S. to ‘Intervene’ if Mideast Peace Talks Fail

JNS.org - After meeting with senior Palestinian and American officials, Meretz party chairwoman...

GM Using Israeli Technology to Create Self-Driving Cars November 3, 2013 4:22 pm

GM Using Israeli Technology to Create Self-Driving Cars

JNS.org – Israel is home to a significant amount of the technology General Motors...

Brad Ausmus, Former Israeli Baseball Coach, to be Named MLB Manager November 3, 2013 3:11 pm

Brad Ausmus, Former Israeli Baseball Coach, to be Named MLB Manager

The Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team is set to hire Brad Ausmus as its new manager,...

Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel are First Israelis to Face Each Other in NBA Game November 3, 2013 2:59 pm

Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel are First Israelis to Face Each Other in NBA Game

JNS.org – Last Friday’s National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Houston...

Days After White House Meeting, AIPAC Says ‘No Pause’ in Iran Sanctions Efforts November 3, 2013 2:58 pm

Days After White House Meeting, AIPAC Says ‘No Pause’ in Iran Sanctions Efforts

JNS.org - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) President Michael Kassen said...

ADL Honors Ukrainian Archbishop Who Saved Jews During Holocaust November 1, 2013 3:39 pm

ADL Honors Ukrainian Archbishop Who Saved Jews During Holocaust

The Anti-Defamation League posthumously honored a Ukrainian Archbishop on Friday for his role...

Schumer to Kerry: Jewish Archive ‘Should Not Be Returned’ to Iraq November 1, 2013 1:25 pm

Schumer to Kerry: Jewish Archive ‘Should Not Be Returned’ to Iraq

At least one influential member of government is pushing to have the United States renege...

New Diapers Make it Kosher to Keep Babies Clean on Shabbos November 1, 2013 11:30 am

New Diapers Make it Kosher to Keep Babies Clean on Shabbos

There’s Kosher wine, kosher meat, and now kosher…diapers? Indeed, the item has...

Kerry Set to Arrive in Israel as PA Threatens to Walk Away from Talks November 1, 2013 8:53 am

Kerry Set to Arrive in Israel as PA Threatens to Walk Away from Talks

JPost – US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit next week for talks on the Israeli-Palestinian...

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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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