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Israeli First Lady of Iceland Lauds Nordic Nation’s UEFA Soccer Win Over Austria June 24, 2016 12:21 pm

Israeli First Lady of Iceland Lauds Nordic Nation’s UEFA Soccer Win Over Austria

JNS.org – The Israeli first lady of Iceland lauded the Nordic nation’s victory...

More Than 230,000 Tune in for Global Broadcast Inspired by Lubavitcher Rebbe June 24, 2016 9:28 am

More Than 230,000 Tune in for Global Broadcast Inspired by Lubavitcher Rebbe

JNS.org – More than 230,000 viewers in 142 countries participated earlier this week...

In EU speech, Abbas Accuses Rabbis of Encouraging Poisoning of Palestinian Water June 23, 2016 9:30 am

In EU speech, Abbas Accuses Rabbis of Encouraging Poisoning of Palestinian Water

JNS.org – In a speech to the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, Palestinian...

Israeli Spokesman in New Delhi: Indian Water Minister’s Upcoming Trip to Jerusalem Signifies Additional Boost to Bilateral Agricultural Ties (INTERVIEW) June 22, 2016 5:52 pm

Israeli Spokesman in New Delhi: Indian Water Minister’s Upcoming Trip to Jerusalem Signifies Additional Boost to Bilateral Agricultural Ties (INTERVIEW)

The upcoming visit of India’s water minister to Israel is a “very important step forward”...

Indian Jewish Community in Maharashtra Granted Minority Status, Providing Members With Choice Government Benefits June 22, 2016 2:59 am

Indian Jewish Community in Maharashtra Granted Minority Status, Providing Members With Choice Government Benefits

A proposal granting minority status to the Jewish community in the Indian state of Maharashtra...

US, Israel Reportedly Close to Finalizing Military Aid Package June 21, 2016 9:45 am

US, Israel Reportedly Close to Finalizing Military Aid Package

JNS.org – The United States and Israel are close to finalizing a new 10-year military...

Antisemitism Expert: Nazi Relics Sold at German Auction Highlight Growing Far-Right Obsession With Holocaust Revival June 20, 2016 2:22 pm

Antisemitism Expert: Nazi Relics Sold at German Auction Highlight Growing Far-Right Obsession With Holocaust Revival

The popularity of a recent controversial auction in Germany, which sold relics belonging to...

Number of Refugees Worldwide Reached Record 65 Million in 2015, UN Says June 20, 2016 10:03 am

Number of Refugees Worldwide Reached Record 65 Million in 2015, UN Says

The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking...

ISIS Poses Threat to US, Nato Air Bases Worldwide, South Korean Intelligence Agency Warns June 20, 2016 9:58 am

ISIS Poses Threat to US, Nato Air Bases Worldwide, South Korean Intelligence Agency Warns

ISIS has collected information on 77 US and NATO air force facilities around the world and...

Expert: Court Ruling Against Suspected Murder of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman Latest Tactic By Authorities to Stall Investigation June 17, 2016 6:06 pm

Expert: Court Ruling Against Suspected Murder of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman Latest Tactic By Authorities to Stall Investigation

A Thursday ruling by an Argentine court regarding the suspected murder of federal prosecutor...

New App Revives Jewish History of Crete June 17, 2016 2:56 pm

New App Revives Jewish History of Crete

JNS.org – The Canadian and Israeli embassies in Greece this week launched a new mobile...

Brazil Backtracks on Support for UNESCO Measure Denying Jewish Ties to Holy Sites June 14, 2016 3:23 pm

Brazil Backtracks on Support for UNESCO Measure Denying Jewish Ties to Holy Sites

JNS.org – Brazil has become the second country to admit it made a mistake by voting...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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