Politics

Obama’s State of the Union Touches on Israel and Iran Despite Heavy Domestic Focus January 30, 2014 8:23 am

Obama’s State of the Union Touches on Israel and Iran Despite Heavy Domestic Focus

JNS.org - In a State of the Union address that centered on employment and the economy, President...

With Progress Stalled, Congress Considers Weaker Measure on Iran January 29, 2014 8:18 am

With Progress Stalled, Congress Considers Weaker Measure on Iran

Reuters – An attempt to impose new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program has stalled...

Netanyahu: Israel Not Bound by U.S. Peace Plan January 29, 2014 8:16 am

Netanyahu: Israel Not Bound by U.S. Peace Plan

Times of Israel – Israel is not bound to agree to all points of an imminent US proposal...

Naftali Bennett Says Peace Talks Will Lead to Bloodshed January 29, 2014 8:11 am

Naftali Bennett Says Peace Talks Will Lead to Bloodshed

Ynet – Economy Minister Naftali Bennett lashed out on Tuesday at Israel’s ongoing...

Hillary Clinton Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State January 28, 2014 2:02 am

Hillary Clinton Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State

New York Times – Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday called the deadly attack on the United...

Israel’s Livni Appears to Criticize Netanyahu, Other Officials Over Peace Talks January 28, 2014 1:53 am

Israel’s Livni Appears to Criticize Netanyahu, Other Officials Over Peace Talks

Times of Israel – After she lambasted the Palestinian leadership on Saturday for its...

Appeals Court Upholds Sentence for Terrorist Who Tried to Assassinate President Bush January 28, 2014 1:32 am

Appeals Court Upholds Sentence for Terrorist Who Tried to Assassinate President Bush

A Federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and life sentence of a Saudi Arabian student...

Official: Under Peace Deal, Netanyahu Would Let Settlers Remain in West Bank January 27, 2014 10:37 am

Official: Under Peace Deal, Netanyahu Would Let Settlers Remain in West Bank

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not intend to uproot Jewish...

Opinion: Iran’s Triumph in Geneva January 27, 2014 8:20 am

Opinion: Iran’s Triumph in Geneva

For nearly three decades, Iran’s ayatollahs have outfoxed and outmaneuvered Western counter-proliferation...

Israel Government Backtracks on Decision to Cut Yeshiva Funding January 24, 2014 12:25 pm

Israel Government Backtracks on Decision to Cut Yeshiva Funding

Ynet – The government has backtracked on its decision to cut more than 130 million NIS...

Kerry: Iran Military Option Still on Table January 24, 2014 12:20 pm

Kerry: Iran Military Option Still on Table

Times of Israel – The US military is prepared to act against Iran if Tehran tries to...

Report: Obama Administration Worried Israel is ‘Riling Up’ American Jews January 24, 2014 12:03 pm

Report: Obama Administration Worried Israel is ‘Riling Up’ American Jews

Weekly Standard – The Obama administration is worried that Israel is riling up American...

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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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