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Israel’s Peres Bestows Presidential Medal of Distinction Upon Italian President Napolitano June 9, 2014 2:52 pm

Israel’s Peres Bestows Presidential Medal of Distinction Upon Italian President Napolitano

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the...

Australia Says Eastern Jerusalem is Not ‘Occupied’ June 6, 2014 10:37 am

Australia Says Eastern Jerusalem is Not ‘Occupied’

JNS.org – The Australian government has stopped using the term “occupied” when...

Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee Royce Questions Kerry Over Reported Iran-Russia Sanctions-Busting Oil-for-Goods Deal June 3, 2014 11:13 am

Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee Royce Questions Kerry Over Reported Iran-Russia Sanctions-Busting Oil-for-Goods Deal

Ed Royce, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Monday...

Little Israeli Flag Makes Big Impact at Syria Protest in London (VIDEO) June 2, 2014 5:35 pm

Little Israeli Flag Makes Big Impact at Syria Protest in London (VIDEO)

The appearance of a small Israeli flag and a handwritten sign at a Syrian protest rally in...

Direct, Secure Hotline Between Putin and Netanyahu to be Installed June 1, 2014 10:18 am

Direct, Secure Hotline Between Putin and Netanyahu to be Installed

Ynet – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have...

Jewish Humanitarian Group Sends 15 Tons of Aid to Balkans Flood Victims May 30, 2014 5:46 pm

Jewish Humanitarian Group Sends 15 Tons of Aid to Balkans Flood Victims

JNS.org – In response to last week’s massive floods in Serbia as well as Bosnia and...

Australian Museum Returns First Nazi-Looted Art Piece to Heirs of Original Jewish Owner May 30, 2014 12:57 pm

Australian Museum Returns First Nazi-Looted Art Piece to Heirs of Original Jewish Owner

The National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia, agreed to return a portrait in...

EXCLUSIVE: SWC Rabbi Takes on Jerusalem Cardinal Over Papal Trip, Says Herzl Grave Visit Was Break From Church Doctrine May 29, 2014 4:44 pm

EXCLUSIVE: SWC Rabbi Takes on Jerusalem Cardinal Over Papal Trip, Says Herzl Grave Visit Was Break From Church Doctrine

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center,...

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Artist Yaacov Agam Explains Jewish Kinetic Rainbow Painting Presented to Pope Francis May 29, 2014 2:01 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Artist Yaacov Agam Explains Jewish Kinetic Rainbow Painting Presented to Pope Francis

When Pope Francis, and the hundred Vatican officials and international journalists who accompanied...

Teva’s Parkinson’s Drug Now Marketed in Japan May 29, 2014 10:46 am

Teva’s Parkinson’s Drug Now Marketed in Japan

Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company, Takeda, recently signed an agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical...

UN Secretary General Condemns Deadly Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum May 26, 2014 10:11 am

UN Secretary General Condemns Deadly Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

JTA – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the recent killing of four...

Thailand Coup Leads Israel to Issue Travel Warning May 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Thailand Coup Leads Israel to Issue Travel Warning

JNS.org – Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Israeli tourists...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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