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ADL Reports ‘Dramatic Surge’ in Anti-Semitic Attacks Worldwide Since Start of Gaza Conflict August 14, 2014 9:21 am

ADL Reports ‘Dramatic Surge’ in Anti-Semitic Attacks Worldwide Since Start of Gaza Conflict

Times of Israel – The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League recorded a “dramatic surge”...

South African Union Leader Calls for Violence Against Country’s Jews in Response to Gaza Civilian Deaths August 14, 2014 9:21 am

South African Union Leader Calls for Violence Against Country’s Jews in Response to Gaza Civilian Deaths

JTA – A South African union leader wrote a Facebook post calling for “eye for an...

‘Human Wrongs Council’ – Israel Ambassador to UN on Schabas Appointment to Gaza Commission August 13, 2014 3:02 pm

‘Human Wrongs Council’ – Israel Ambassador to UN on Schabas Appointment to Gaza Commission

Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Tuesday...

Planned New Gaza Flotilla Gathers Pace, Will Set Sail Later This Year August 12, 2014 10:19 am

Planned New Gaza Flotilla Gathers Pace, Will Set Sail Later This Year

ABC News/AP – A group of human rights organizations said Tuesday they are organizing...

Known Anti-Israel Critic Appointed Head of UNHRC Gaza Probe August 11, 2014 8:17 pm

Known Anti-Israel Critic Appointed Head of UNHRC Gaza Probe

JNS.org – Known anti-Israel critic William Schabas, a Canadian professor of international...

South Korea Interested in Purchasing Iron Dome System August 10, 2014 2:08 pm

South Korea Interested in Purchasing Iron Dome System

JNS.org - South Korea is reportedly interested in purchasing Israel’s highly successful...

South Africa Threatens to Prosecute Citizens Who Serve in Israel’s Army August 10, 2014 9:33 am

South Africa Threatens to Prosecute Citizens Who Serve in Israel’s Army

Haaretz – South African authorities said they will prosecute citizens who serve in the...

Facebook Friends Without Benefits: The Social Cost of Hamas’s War Against Israel August 8, 2014 11:39 am

Facebook Friends Without Benefits: The Social Cost of Hamas’s War Against Israel

Bat-sheva Hass, a new immigrant from Holland who lives in Jerusalem, posted a short clip...

Israeli Shopper in the Netherlands Horrified When Ralph Lauren Clerk Says Bnei Brak Not in Israel August 7, 2014 6:41 pm

Israeli Shopper in the Netherlands Horrified When Ralph Lauren Clerk Says Bnei Brak Not in Israel

An Israeli shopper in the Netherlands was horrified when a clerk at the Ralph Lauren Factory...

Israeli FM Lieberman Thanks Kerry for U.S. Support to Block Anti-Israel UN Resolution, Warns Israel Will Respond if Hamas Breaks Cease-Fire August 7, 2014 10:18 am

Israeli FM Lieberman Thanks Kerry for U.S. Support to Block Anti-Israel UN Resolution, Warns Israel Will Respond if Hamas Breaks Cease-Fire

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday night thanked U.S. Secretary of...

World Jewish Congress: Hamas Intimidation Has Cowed Foreign Media in Gaza, Why No Photos of Hamas? August 7, 2014 9:39 am

World Jewish Congress: Hamas Intimidation Has Cowed Foreign Media in Gaza, Why No Photos of Hamas?

The World Jewish Congress on Thursday said Hamas had cowed foreign journalists in Gaza through...

Turkish Ambassador Responds Angrily to Criticism of Erdoğan by U.S. Congressional Committee, Risking U.S.-Turkey Relations August 6, 2014 9:52 pm

Turkish Ambassador Responds Angrily to Criticism of Erdoğan by U.S. Congressional Committee, Risking U.S.-Turkey Relations

A Turkish Ambassador on Tuesday responded angrily to a letter from four members of the U.S....

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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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