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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...

Rudins Dream a “Hole–In-One” for NYC Youth October 25, 2011 1:46 am

Rudins Dream a “Hole–In-One” for NYC Youth

Former President William Jefferson Clinton came to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan...

Laurie Tisch Sponsors Israeli “Community” Images October 24, 2011 7:11 pm

Laurie Tisch Sponsors Israeli “Community” Images

“In a democratic society, the arts must be accessible to all, regardless of means.”...

Syrian Jews Celebrate History and Heritage at Lincoln Center Screening October 11, 2011 10:50 am

Syrian Jews Celebrate History and Heritage at Lincoln Center Screening

3000 members of the Syrian Jewish community and their friends gathered in Avery Fisher Hall...

Godfather of Israeli Start Ups Credits Demanding Social Code for Success October 10, 2011 2:00 pm

Godfather of Israeli Start Ups Credits Demanding Social Code for Success

Yossi Vardi charmed  and inspired several hundred Israeli American Young professionals at...

Coming Home to Crown Heights October 5, 2011 2:11 pm

Coming Home to Crown Heights

The emotions and memories of many attending spanned close to a hundred years. Rabbinical and...

Stringer Celebrates Community October 4, 2011 1:06 pm

Stringer Celebrates Community

The Center for Jewish History was the setting September 26 for a brief yet warmly moving celebration...

Circus On the Plaza September 27, 2011 9:36 am

Circus On the Plaza

Rallies filled Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the United Nations in New York. From Iran 180′s...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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