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One Direction’s Harry Styles Sighted at Manhattan Kosher Restaurant Sporting Blue Knitted Kippa August 25, 2013 2:23 pm

One Direction’s Harry Styles Sighted at Manhattan Kosher Restaurant Sporting Blue Knitted Kippa

Harry Styles, star of uber-popular British boy band One Direction stopped by one of Manhattan’s...

Ryan Braun Admits to Using Performance Enhancing Drugs August 25, 2013 11:02 am

Ryan Braun Admits to Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

JNS.org – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun—the former Most Valuable Player...

Hagel on Syria Crisis: U.S. Military is Preparing ‘Options for All Contingencies’ August 25, 2013 10:26 am

Hagel on Syria Crisis: U.S. Military is Preparing ‘Options for All Contingencies’

Fox News – US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that President Obama has asked...

As Inquiry Goes on, U.S. Naval Forces Move Closer to Syria August 24, 2013 9:41 pm

As Inquiry Goes on, U.S. Naval Forces Move Closer to Syria

AP – WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence officials sought Saturday to determine whether...

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians Rally in D.C. to Protest Obama and Media August 22, 2013 7:33 pm

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians Rally in D.C. to Protest Obama and Media

JNS.org – A group of hundreds of Egyptian Christians from around the U.S. held a series...

Al Jazeera America’s First Interview: Anti-Israel Author Stephen Walt August 22, 2013 3:01 pm

Al Jazeera America’s First Interview: Anti-Israel Author Stephen Walt

JNS.org - The newly launched television news network Al-Jazeera America , which has stated...

Newly Released Nixon Tapes Reveal More Anti-Semitism, Threat of ‘Worst Thing That Happened to Jews in American History’ August 22, 2013 12:08 pm

Newly Released Nixon Tapes Reveal More Anti-Semitism, Threat of ‘Worst Thing That Happened to Jews in American History’

New tape recordings released Wednesday by the Nixon Presidential Library revealed more deeply...

Words Supporting Boycott of Israel Deleted From JCC in Manhattan Official’s Article August 21, 2013 2:35 pm

Words Supporting Boycott of Israel Deleted From JCC in Manhattan Official’s Article

JNS.org – Language supporting a boycott of Israel has been removed from a  Huffington...

Los Angeles Synagogue to Receive $150 Million Makeover August 20, 2013 8:40 pm

Los Angeles Synagogue to Receive $150 Million Makeover

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple of Los Angeles is set to receive a $150 million renovation,...

SWC Blasts ‘Horrific Anti-Semitic Character’ Roger Waters as ‘Disconnected From Reality’ After BDS Call During Peace Talks August 20, 2013 3:28 pm

SWC Blasts ‘Horrific Anti-Semitic Character’ Roger Waters as ‘Disconnected From Reality’ After BDS Call During Peace Talks

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, sharply criticized...

Senator Leahy: U.S. Quietly Suspended Egypt Military Aid August 20, 2013 9:25 am

Senator Leahy: U.S. Quietly Suspended Egypt Military Aid

Daily Beast – The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover...

StandWithUs Campaign Runs Pro-Israel Ads in Response to Church in North Carolina August 18, 2013 5:35 pm

StandWithUs Campaign Runs Pro-Israel Ads in Response to Church in North Carolina

JNS.org – The pro-Israel education group StandWithUs on Aug. 17 launched a one-year...

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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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