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Bet El Dinner Honors Youth and Commitment December 8, 2011 11:22 am

Bet El Dinner Honors Youth and Commitment

On an extraordinary, warm December evening, more than a thousand supporters of Bet El Yeshiva...

Business, Political Leaders Celebrate “Startup” Success at AIFL Gala December 6, 2011 5:24 pm

Business, Political Leaders Celebrate “Startup” Success at AIFL Gala

The fifth annual “Israel Day” at the New York Stock Exchange, a project of...

Museum Gala Celebrates Communities of the Jewish Diaspora December 5, 2011 9:41 pm

Museum Gala Celebrates Communities of the Jewish Diaspora

Friends and supporters of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People – celebrated...

Israel Day at the New York Stock Exchange: A Partnership of Business innovation November 29, 2011 5:39 pm

Israel Day at the New York Stock Exchange: A Partnership of Business innovation

The annual Israel Day at the New York Stock Exchange (2011) focused on the effect of human...

American Society for Yad Vashem Holds 30th Anniversary Commemoration November 29, 2011 12:03 am

American Society for Yad Vashem Holds 30th Anniversary Commemoration

The annual gathering of the American Society of Yad Vashem is an experience in remembrance...

Bachmann: Not One Inch! Beck Promises December 8 Announcement (PHOTOS) November 22, 2011 3:45 pm

Bachmann: Not One Inch! Beck Promises December 8 Announcement (PHOTOS)

More than 800 gathered in New York to Honor Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair...

Out of the Woods: A Celebration of the Jewish Partisans November 14, 2011 9:07 pm

Out of the Woods: A Celebration of the Jewish Partisans

This was one bunch of tough Jews. Written on their faces, and reflected in the eyes of their...

Israel Bonds Raises $70 Million at Annual Real Estate Division Luncheon November 7, 2011 8:18 am

Israel Bonds Raises $70 Million at Annual Real Estate Division Luncheon

Investment commitments of over 70 million dollars were announced at the annual luncheon of...

Israel’s Open University Hosts New York Gala November 6, 2011 12:01 am

Israel’s Open University Hosts New York Gala

Over 270 guests attended a glitzy New York gala at the Pierre Hotel benefiting Israel’s...

Owning Judaism: Preserving Faith With Lord Jonathan Sacks October 31, 2011 7:52 pm

Owning Judaism: Preserving Faith With Lord Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, Lord Jonathan Sacks was interviewed by Professor and author...

AJC Humanitarian Award Nominates Fishbein, Schatten October 31, 2011 12:28 pm

AJC Humanitarian Award Nominates Fishbein, Schatten

Philip Schatten and Cheryl Fishbein were honored by the American Jewish Committee as awardees...

Bloomberg Dedicates MDA Facility in Jerusalem October 25, 2011 5:10 pm

Bloomberg Dedicates MDA Facility in Jerusalem

To honor the memory of his late father, William H. Bloomberg, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and...

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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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