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Mother of Kidnapped Israeli Teen to UN Human Rights Council: ‘My Son Texted Me — Said He’s on His Way Home — And Then He’s Gone’ (VIDEO) June 24, 2014 8:55 am

Mother of Kidnapped Israeli Teen to UN Human Rights Council: ‘My Son Texted Me — Said He’s on His Way Home — And Then He’s Gone’ (VIDEO)

Rachel Frankel, the mother of 16-year-old Israeli-American kidnap victim Naftali Frankel,...

Simon Wiesenthal Center Says ‘Wrong to Market Symbols of Genocide’ at Re-Opened Nazi-Themed Indonesian Cafe June 23, 2014 10:09 am

Simon Wiesenthal Center Says ‘Wrong to Market Symbols of Genocide’ at Re-Opened Nazi-Themed Indonesian Cafe

A Nazi-themed cafe in Bandung, Java, Indonesia has re-opened a year after the owner shut its...

Nazi-Themed Cafe Reopens in Indonesia After Controversy June 22, 2014 6:52 am

Nazi-Themed Cafe Reopens in Indonesia After Controversy

Yahoo/AFP – A Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop after sparking international...

Report: Tunisian Jihadist Group May Target Jewish Tourists Over Ramadan June 20, 2014 11:06 am

Report: Tunisian Jihadist Group May Target Jewish Tourists Over Ramadan

JNS.org – A report by a Tunisian counterterrorism expert claims that the North African...

China Wins Israeli Port Tender, Mediterranean Hub Poised for Growth June 19, 2014 2:52 pm

China Wins Israeli Port Tender, Mediterranean Hub Poised for Growth

Chinese national ports company China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. on Thursday won the...

Israeli ​FM Lieberman Says International Community Unable to Respond Effectively to Terror, Proposes Middle East-Africa Terror Intel Exchange June 19, 2014 10:31 am

Israeli ​FM Lieberman Says International Community Unable to Respond Effectively to Terror, Proposes Middle East-Africa Terror Intel Exchange

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday met Kenyan President...

Netanyahu, Blair, Prosor Criticize Global Reaction to Kidnapping June 19, 2014 10:24 am

Netanyahu, Blair, Prosor Criticize Global Reaction to Kidnapping

JNS.org – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Tuesday with Middle East...

International Mayors Conference in Israel Condemns Kidnappings; Netanyahu Vows Hamas to ‘Pay a Heavy Price’ June 18, 2014 12:48 pm

International Mayors Conference in Israel Condemns Kidnappings; Netanyahu Vows Hamas to ‘Pay a Heavy Price’

The 29th International Mayors Conference met in Israel on Wednesday where the group issued...

Solidarity Campaigns for Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria, Boys in Israel, Converge in New York June 17, 2014 12:23 pm

Solidarity Campaigns for Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria, Boys in Israel, Converge in New York

Two solidarity campaigns for kidnapped youth converged in New York City on Monday, when a...

International Community Condemns Kidnapping of Israeli Teens June 16, 2014 2:26 pm

International Community Condemns Kidnapping of Israeli Teens

JNS.org - Leaders from some of Israel’s top allies have expressed their outrage and deep...

Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child Calls on UN to Do More to Help Save Kidnapped Teens June 16, 2014 9:03 am

Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child Calls on UN to Do More to Help Save Kidnapped Teens

The Israeli Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday called on United Nations...

Billionaire Jewish Philanthropist Moise Safra Dead at 79 June 16, 2014 6:19 am

Billionaire Jewish Philanthropist Moise Safra Dead at 79

JNS.org – Brazilian-Jewish financier Moise Y. Safra died June 13 of a heart attack at the...

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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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