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Pakistan’s ‘Last Jew’ Works to Save Local Cemetery December 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Pakistan’s ‘Last Jew’ Works to Save Local Cemetery

The Guardian – There are few clues as to the identity of the last Pakistani Jew to be...

Israel Exploring Ties With Cuba After U.S. Rapprochement December 23, 2014 8:06 am

Israel Exploring Ties With Cuba After U.S. Rapprochement

JNS.org – Israel is exploring the future of its relationship with Cuba following the...

India Weighs Dropping Pro-Palestinian Stance at UN December 23, 2014 8:04 am

India Weighs Dropping Pro-Palestinian Stance at UN

JNS.org - India is weighing dropping its pro-Palestinian stance at the United Nations. “Like...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweets Happy Hanukkah Message in Hebrew December 20, 2014 9:00 am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweets Happy Hanukkah Message in Hebrew

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a happy Hanukkah in both English and Hebrew to...

Chabad Public Menorah Commemorates Sydney Terror Attack Victims December 19, 2014 5:16 pm

Chabad Public Menorah Commemorates Sydney Terror Attack Victims

JNS.org - Chabad-Lubavitch set up a 32-foot-tall Hanukkah menorah in downtown Sydney to...

Israeli-Canadian Architect Wins Prestigious Award for Singapore Hotel December 19, 2014 2:45 pm

Israeli-Canadian Architect Wins Prestigious Award for Singapore Hotel

JNS.org – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Israeli-Canadian...

Israeli Photographer ‘Horrified’ at Use of His Bloody Shoe Photo Following Taliban School Attack in Pakistan December 18, 2014 10:41 am

Israeli Photographer ‘Horrified’ at Use of His Bloody Shoe Photo Following Taliban School Attack in Pakistan

A photo of a child’s bloody shoe circulating on social media in the aftermath of this...

Canada, Australia Boycott Geneva Convention Conference Over Concerns of Anti-Israel Bias December 17, 2014 3:45 pm

Canada, Australia Boycott Geneva Convention Conference Over Concerns of Anti-Israel Bias

JNS.org – Canada and Australia on Wednesday boycotted a conference in Switzerland...

Islamist Behind Sydney Siege Abused Australian Jewish Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, Claimed Jews ‘No Better’ Than Hitler December 15, 2014 12:21 pm

Islamist Behind Sydney Siege Abused Australian Jewish Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, Claimed Jews ‘No Better’ Than Hitler

The man killed by Australian police today after carrying out the siege of a cafe in downtown...

Police Storm Siege Cafe in Downtown Sydney December 15, 2014 11:54 am

Police Storm Siege Cafe in Downtown Sydney

Heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in Sydney where a gunman identified as an Iranian...

Australian Jewish Institutions Under Lockdown Amid Sydney Hostage Crisis December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Australian Jewish Institutions Under Lockdown Amid Sydney Hostage Crisis

Jerusalem Post – Australian Jewish institutions have placed themselves under lockdown...

Five Escape From Sydney Cafe After Being Held Hostage, Siege Continues December 15, 2014 11:35 am

Five Escape From Sydney Cafe After Being Held Hostage, Siege Continues

Washington Post – A hostage siege that began Monday morning with employees and customers...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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