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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....

Mumbai Chabad’s Nariman House to Re-Open 6 Years After Emissaries Killed in Terrorist Attack August 6, 2014 1:24 pm

Mumbai Chabad’s Nariman House to Re-Open 6 Years After Emissaries Killed in Terrorist Attack

Nariman House, the five-story home of Chabad of Mumbai, is set to re-open on August 26, nearly...

Putin Signs Major $20 Billion Oil Deal With Iran Sidestepping Western Sanctions August 6, 2014 9:19 am

Putin Signs Major $20 Billion Oil Deal With Iran Sidestepping Western Sanctions

Telegraph – Vladimir Putin is eyeing a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that would...

Elie Wiesel Condemns Hamas for Using Children as Human Shields, Calls on Gazans to Reject Hamas’s Child Sacrifice August 1, 2014 10:56 am

Elie Wiesel Condemns Hamas for Using Children as Human Shields, Calls on Gazans to Reject Hamas’s Child Sacrifice

Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel on Friday published a full-page ad in U.S. newspapers condemning...

UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes U.S. for Not Sharing Iron Dome Technology With Gaza August 1, 2014 5:38 am

UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes U.S. for Not Sharing Iron Dome Technology With Gaza

Breitbart – The U.N.’s top human rights official again condemned Israel for its military...

Israel Says Latin American Countries Pulling Ambassadors Over Gaza is ‘Encouragement for Hamas, a Recognized Terror Organization Around the World’ July 30, 2014 6:00 pm

Israel Says Latin American Countries Pulling Ambassadors Over Gaza is ‘Encouragement for Hamas, a Recognized Terror Organization Around the World’

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said the recalling of a group of Latin American...

Italian Journalist Defies Hamas: ‘Out of Gaza Far From Hamas Retaliation: Misfired Rocket Killed Children in Shati’ July 30, 2014 9:53 am

Italian Journalist Defies Hamas: ‘Out of Gaza Far From Hamas Retaliation: Misfired Rocket Killed Children in Shati’

Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati said he was able to speak freely about witnessing a Hamas...

Media Watchdog Asks Why WSJ Reporters Deleted Twitter Photos Implicating Hamas in War Crimes July 29, 2014 5:50 pm

Media Watchdog Asks Why WSJ Reporters Deleted Twitter Photos Implicating Hamas in War Crimes

Two reporters in Gaza for The Wall Street Journal have deleted photographs that implicate...

Facebook Approves Page Calling for Death of Israeli Jews, Then Removes July 29, 2014 12:59 am

Facebook Approves Page Calling for Death of Israeli Jews, Then Removes

Washington Examiner – A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate...

Jewish Centers Around the World Reinforce Security After Attacks in Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey July 28, 2014 3:53 pm

Jewish Centers Around the World Reinforce Security After Attacks in Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey

Jewish centers around the world are increasing security measures, with some even closing...

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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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