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Desmond Tutu Asks Dutch Pension Fund to Divest From Israeli Banks August 27, 2014 4:58 pm

Desmond Tutu Asks Dutch Pension Fund to Divest From Israeli Banks

JNS.org - Anti-Israel activist South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu asked the world’s...

Mumbai Chabad House Reopens Nearly Six Years After Bloody Terror Attack August 26, 2014 10:50 am

Mumbai Chabad House Reopens Nearly Six Years After Bloody Terror Attack

Times of India – A Jewish centre in Mumbai reopened on Tuesday; nearly six years after...

Resident ‘Disgusted’ by Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed to Jewish Homes in Bondi, Sydney August 25, 2014 3:11 pm

Resident ‘Disgusted’ by Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed to Jewish Homes in Bondi, Sydney

Residents of a predominantly Jewish street in Bondi, a suburb of Sydney, Australia were “disgusted”...

South African Jewish Leaders Charge Local Labor Chief With Incitement and Hate Speech Over Call for Revenge Attacks August 24, 2014 6:21 pm

South African Jewish Leaders Charge Local Labor Chief With Incitement and Hate Speech Over Call for Revenge Attacks

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said recently it will lay criminal and...

Schabas Vows to Investigate Israel for U.N. With or Without Government Cooperation August 20, 2014 9:51 am

Schabas Vows to Investigate Israel for U.N. With or Without Government Cooperation

JNS.org – Prof. William Schabas, selected to head the United Nations Human Rights...

Largest Pro-Israel Rally of Gaza War Held in India, 20,000 in Attendance August 17, 2014 10:24 am

Largest Pro-Israel Rally of Gaza War Held in India, 20,000 in Attendance

JNS.org – Nearly 20,000 participants gathered at a pro-Israel and anti-radical Islam...

Campaign Posters of New Zealand PM With Jewish Roots Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti August 16, 2014 8:11 pm

Campaign Posters of New Zealand PM With Jewish Roots Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

JNS.org – Campaign posters for New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, who has Jewish...

As Threats Rise, Israelis Mull Nixing Turkey From Travel Plans (VIDEO) August 14, 2014 8:18 pm

As Threats Rise, Israelis Mull Nixing Turkey From Travel Plans (VIDEO)

In the wake of crude anti Semitic remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...

Israel – Vietnam Seeking Major Boost in Defense Ties August 14, 2014 8:08 pm

Israel – Vietnam Seeking Major Boost in Defense Ties

Vietnam and Israel are working towards a major upgrade in bilateral defense relations, Hanoi...

For 90 Minutes, Jewish Leaders Tell UN’s Ban Ki-moon About Hamas Abuses, List 19 War Crimes August 14, 2014 7:48 pm

For 90 Minutes, Jewish Leaders Tell UN’s Ban Ki-moon About Hamas Abuses, List 19 War Crimes

For a full 90 minutes on Wednesday, Jewish leaders told United Nations Secretary-General...

Malaysian Teen’s Facebook ‘Like’ of Post That Says ‘I Love Israel’ Prompts Sedition Probe August 14, 2014 7:10 pm

Malaysian Teen’s Facebook ‘Like’ of Post That Says ‘I Love Israel’ Prompts Sedition Probe

A 17-year-old student in the northern Malaysian state of Penang was placed under investigation...

Israelis Campaign for Kurdish Independence and Against Yazidi Massacre at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (VIDEO) August 14, 2014 1:56 pm

Israelis Campaign for Kurdish Independence and Against Yazidi Massacre at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

A large group of Israelis, many of them Kurdish Jews, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy...

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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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