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Shuttered Yale Center’s Director Studying anti-Semitism in New Ways May 1, 2012 8:42 am

Shuttered Yale Center’s Director Studying anti-Semitism in New Ways

NEW YORK—Once director of the shuttered Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study...

Jewish Board Honors 3 Women at The Plaza (PHOTOS) April 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Jewish Board Honors 3 Women at The Plaza (PHOTOS)

The Jewish Board of Children and Family Services honored three women of New York at its annual...

Space for a Symphony Honors Iconic Journalist Morley Safar April 17, 2012 12:00 pm

Space for a Symphony Honors Iconic Journalist Morley Safar

Symphony Space brings an amazing range of cultural events to Manhattan’s Upper West...

AJC Diplomatic Seder Crosses  Borders (PHOTOS) April 11, 2012 12:56 pm

AJC Diplomatic Seder Crosses Borders (PHOTOS)

For just over three and a half hours on March 30, 2012, representatives of some fifty nations...

Israel’s History in Posters and Print (PHOTOS) April 3, 2012 3:42 pm

Israel’s History in Posters and Print (PHOTOS)

The Farkash Gallery has joined the Jewish National Fund, in conjunction with the Consulate...

The Hunger Games Online Adventure Made in Israel March 26, 2012 4:10 pm

The Hunger Games Online Adventure Made in Israel

An Israeli company based in Jerusalem, Funtactix, has released the official online game for...

JCRC Gala: Focus on the Families (PHOTOS) March 25, 2012 3:17 pm

JCRC Gala: Focus on the Families (PHOTOS)

A warm, early spring evening greeted more than 600 leaders of the New York Jewish, political,...

An Evening with 5 Grammy Time Award Winner, Idan Raichel March 21, 2012 3:06 pm

An Evening with 5 Grammy Time Award Winner, Idan Raichel

Last week, the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel celebrated their 20th anniversary...

‘Rabbi to the Diplomats’ Celebrates 50 Years at Helm of Congregation (PHOTOS) March 20, 2012 6:31 pm

‘Rabbi to the Diplomats’ Celebrates 50 Years at Helm of Congregation (PHOTOS)

In a weekend of emotions, sharing of warm congratulatory wishes and speeches from a string...

A Night to Remember: 2012 FIDF Gala March 19, 2012 4:11 pm

A Night to Remember: 2012 FIDF Gala

The face of an IDF soldier from Long Island, NY beamed as he greeted his parents, who smiled...

Corporate Sustainability: Doing Good is Good for Business March 18, 2012 8:44 pm

Corporate Sustainability: Doing Good is Good for Business

At the latest in a series of Israel Bonds sponsored meetings with Israeli entrepreneurs, Efrat...

Purim Party! Sold Out Crowd Rocks a “Lot” March 12, 2012 9:36 am

Purim Party! Sold Out Crowd Rocks a “Lot”

The Women’s International Zionist Organization, WIZO, states its mission as working...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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