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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...

Economics, Ethics, and Environment: Lee Myung-bak Honored by Rabbi Arthur Schneier September 26, 2011 3:28 am

Economics, Ethics, and Environment: Lee Myung-bak Honored by Rabbi Arthur Schneier

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was honored with the Appeal of Conscience Foundation’s...

Haifa Hospital Prepares for War September 20, 2011 12:39 am

Haifa Hospital Prepares for War

The B’nai Zion Foundation welcomed Dr. Nachman Shai, MK, Kadima, and the CEO of the Bnai...

Betting on People: Vardi Talks Back September 19, 2011 8:25 pm

Betting on People: Vardi Talks Back

Entrepreneur Yossi Vardi will share his expertise and unique approach to business at a gathering...

Rosenbaum Completes 30 Year Jewish Museum Reign September 19, 2011 8:11 pm

Rosenbaum Completes 30 Year Jewish Museum Reign

Joan Rosenbaum has left the Museum. After an unprecedented three decade long administration,...

Moroccan Ambassador Emphasizes Positive Jewish Relationship September 12, 2011 8:58 am

Moroccan Ambassador Emphasizes Positive Jewish Relationship

A fond farewell was given to the retiring Ambassador of Morocco, H.E. Aziz Mekouar, at a luncheon...

Stitch In Jewish Time September 5, 2011 8:46 pm

Stitch In Jewish Time

As the summer winds down and the holiday season begins, the Vered Gallery in East Hampton...

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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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