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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...

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...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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