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Obama and Rouhani Talk in Historic Phone Call September 29, 2013 2:00 am

Obama and Rouhani Talk in Historic Phone Call

JNS.org – U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Friday...

Iran Stalls U.S. Peace Plan September 27, 2013 1:00 pm

Iran Stalls U.S. Peace Plan

Wall Street Journal – President Barack Obama argued the U.S. case before world leaders...

Obama Presses Abbas on Final Status Issues September 27, 2013 6:00 am

Obama Presses Abbas on Final Status Issues

JTA – President Obama urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to advance...

Large Theft of U.S. Weapons in Libya September 26, 2013 8:00 pm

Large Theft of U.S. Weapons in Libya

FOX News - The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment...

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ as Official Country September 25, 2013 1:19 pm

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ as Official Country

JNS.org - A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists...

Former Jewish Charity Chief Charged in NYC Court September 25, 2013 8:54 am

Former Jewish Charity Chief Charged in NYC Court

WSJ- The former chief executive of one of New York City’s most influential charities...

U.S. Iranian Jews Won’t Meet President Hassan Rouhani September 25, 2013 7:14 am

U.S. Iranian Jews Won’t Meet President Hassan Rouhani

JNS.org - Iranian-Jewish leaders in the U.S. have rejected an invitation to meet with Iranian...

EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Group Takes California State University Trustees to Task Over Anti-Israel Professor September 25, 2013 12:01 am

EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Group Takes California State University Trustees to Task Over Anti-Israel Professor

AMCHA Initiative, a national organization fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses, is taking...

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...

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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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