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Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed in Sydney Again; Neo-Nazi Group Wants Jews Out of Australia (VIDEO) September 29, 2014 8:27 pm

Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed in Sydney Again; Neo-Nazi Group Wants Jews Out of Australia (VIDEO)

The Australian Online Hate Prevention Institute (OPHI) is charging that a fringe neo-Nazi...

South African BDS Activists Storm Woolworths Store in Johannesburg September 29, 2014 4:24 pm

South African BDS Activists Storm Woolworths Store in Johannesburg

Scuffles broke out at a Woolworths store in the South African city of Johannesburg on Saturday,...

Iranians Arrested in Kenya for Using Fake Israeli Passports September 19, 2014 9:54 am

Iranians Arrested in Kenya for Using Fake Israeli Passports

Ynet – Two Iranians in their early 20s, a man and a woman, were arrested in the Kenyan...

Group Urges Bolivia to Ensure Safety of Dwindling Jewish Community September 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Group Urges Bolivia to Ensure Safety of Dwindling Jewish Community

Antisemitic graffiti in Venezuela. Photo: wiki commons. After a dynamite attack against...

Authorities Foil ISIS Beheading Plot With Mass Raids in Sydney September 18, 2014 9:48 am

Authorities Foil ISIS Beheading Plot With Mass Raids in Sydney

New York Post – Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia...

Iran Nuclear Talks to Restart in New York as Deadline Nears September 17, 2014 10:10 am

Iran Nuclear Talks to Restart in New York as Deadline Nears

NPR – Negotiations on limiting Iran’s nuclear program resume this week in New...

World Leaders Meet in Paris to Discuss Anti-ISIS Strategy September 15, 2014 11:25 am

World Leaders Meet in Paris to Discuss Anti-ISIS Strategy

Time – Representatives from across the Middle East and Western nations are convening...

Jewish School in Sydney Erects Bomb-Proof Wall After Series of Anti-Semitic Incidents September 15, 2014 7:20 am

Jewish School in Sydney Erects Bomb-Proof Wall After Series of Anti-Semitic Incidents

A Jewish school in Sydney installed a bomb-proof wall and windows following a number of anti-Semitic...

Australia Commits 600 Troops to War Against Islamic State September 14, 2014 11:59 am

Australia Commits 600 Troops to War Against Islamic State

BBC – Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment, initially to the United Arab Emirates,...

CUNY Pro-BDS Vote Shelved After Heated Friday Evening Debate September 13, 2014 10:02 pm

CUNY Pro-BDS Vote Shelved After Heated Friday Evening Debate

JNS.org – A last minute resolution to divest from Israel at the City University of...

Pope Says Global Conflicts Amount to ‘Piecemeal’ Third World War September 13, 2014 9:41 pm

Pope Says Global Conflicts Amount to ‘Piecemeal’ Third World War

Yahoo – Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today...

Report: Operation Protective Edge Led to Major Spike in Anti-Semitic Attacks September 12, 2014 10:14 am

Report: Operation Protective Edge Led to Major Spike in Anti-Semitic Attacks

JNS.org – Operation Protective Edge has led to a significant spike in anti-Semitic...

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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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