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UN Demands Israel Pay Restitution for 1996 Shelling of Lebanese Village May 27, 2016 9:49 am

UN Demands Israel Pay Restitution for 1996 Shelling of Lebanese Village

JNS.org – A United Nations body has demanded that Israel pay restitution for the accidental...

Lag B’Omer Pilgrims Flock to Tunisian Synagogue With Increased Security Amid Terrorism Concerns May 26, 2016 9:04 am

Lag B’Omer Pilgrims Flock to Tunisian Synagogue With Increased Security Amid Terrorism Concerns

JNS.org – Tunisia has increased security around the Ghriba Synagogue on the island...

Watchdog: Fiercely Anti-Israel Head of Palestinian Syndicate Reports on Conflict for Major News Outlet Boasting ‘Rigorous Neutrality’ May 25, 2016 4:03 pm

Watchdog: Fiercely Anti-Israel Head of Palestinian Syndicate Reports on Conflict for Major News Outlet Boasting ‘Rigorous Neutrality’

A leading media watchdog organization issued a report on Tuesday strongly criticizing French...

Vatican Official Calls for Conversion of Muslims to Christianity; Exempts Jews May 24, 2016 2:07 pm

Vatican Official Calls for Conversion of Muslims to Christianity; Exempts Jews

A Vatican official issued a call on Monday to convert all non-Christians, other than Jews,...

Israel and South Korea to Conduct Free Trade Talks May 24, 2016 1:53 pm

Israel and South Korea to Conduct Free Trade Talks

JNS.org – Israel and South Korea on Tuesday announced that they will hold free trade...

US Election Grabs Iranian Attention In Light of Nuclear Deal May 23, 2016 9:40 am

US Election Grabs Iranian Attention In Light of Nuclear Deal

After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the “Great Satan,” Iranians...

Debris From Missing EgyptAir Flight Found in Mediterranean May 20, 2016 9:44 am

Debris From Missing EgyptAir Flight Found in Mediterranean

Debris from the missing EgyptAir flight has been found floating in the Mediterranean, Egyptian...

US Again Urges Reluctant European Banks to Trade With Iran May 20, 2016 8:59 am

US Again Urges Reluctant European Banks to Trade With Iran

The United States and its partners in the Iran nuclear talks are trying anew to convince European...

Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History May 20, 2016 2:00 am

Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging...

Terrisism Likely Responsible for Missing EgyptAir Plane, Experts and Officials Say May 19, 2016 11:19 am

Terrisism Likely Responsible for Missing EgyptAir Plane, Experts and Officials Say

JNS.org – An EgyptAir flight with 66 passengers and crew members heading from Paris...

Israeli Economist Appointed as Head of Brazil’s Central Bank May 19, 2016 10:55 am

Israeli Economist Appointed as Head of Brazil’s Central Bank

JNS.org – Israeli economist Ilan Goldfein has been appointed the president of the Central...

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference in Paris Pushed to June Over Kerry Scheduling May 17, 2016 10:46 am

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference in Paris Pushed to June Over Kerry Scheduling

JNS.org – The French government’s plan for indirect talks to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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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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