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Back to School – How to Protect Your Children August 21, 2015 12:18 pm

Back to School – How to Protect Your Children

Summer is coming to an end; it seems that it goes faster and faster each year. School is...

Detroit’s African-American Churches Rally for Israel August 19, 2015 2:15 pm

Detroit’s African-American Churches Rally for Israel

Several major African-American churches rallied in Detroit, Michigan, this week in support...

The Ties That Bind: Marking 20 Years of a Reimagined B’nai Mitzvah Process August 16, 2015 12:10 pm

The Ties That Bind: Marking 20 Years of a Reimagined B’nai Mitzvah Process

JNS.org – In recent years, many communities have taken a fresh look at their b’nai...

We Must Seek Common Ground in Fight for Oversight of Yeshiva Curriculums August 16, 2015 12:03 pm

We Must Seek Common Ground in Fight for Oversight of Yeshiva Curriculums

It has come to our attention that Mr. Ezra Friedlander, of the public relations firm The...

Baruch Spinoza Was Not a Great Jewish Role Model August 14, 2015 11:57 am

Baruch Spinoza Was Not a Great Jewish Role Model

Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza (1632-1677) was one of the greatest philosophers. Not only that,...

Christian Zionist Group Fights Anti-Semitism on UN’s Global Stage August 14, 2015 10:34 am

Christian Zionist Group Fights Anti-Semitism on UN’s Global Stage

JNS.org – The Christian Zionist organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN)...

Major School District’s Jewish Leader Has Big-Picture Vision for Public Education August 6, 2015 8:00 am

Major School District’s Jewish Leader Has Big-Picture Vision for Public Education

JNS.org – Cindy Marten respects private educational institutions in the Jewish community...

ADA Disabilities Law: A Dream Worth Celebrating, But Not Fully Realized August 5, 2015 4:16 pm

ADA Disabilities Law: A Dream Worth Celebrating, But Not Fully Realized

JNS.org – Quick—when was the last time you thought twice about a ramp outside a...

‘Counterpoint Israel’ Grooms YU Students as ‘Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow’ August 4, 2015 12:30 am

‘Counterpoint Israel’ Grooms YU Students as ‘Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow’

JNS.org – “The students are not coming here to save the world. But hopefully they...

With Jonathan Pollard Set to Be Freed, Revisiting Coverage on Jewish Prisoners July 30, 2015 1:28 pm

With Jonathan Pollard Set to Be Freed, Revisiting Coverage on Jewish Prisoners

JNS.org – Upon Tuesday’s confirmation that Jonathan Pollard—who has been...

When Shul Talk Goes Nuclear: Should Pulpit Rabbis Publicly Discuss Iran? July 28, 2015 1:52 pm

When Shul Talk Goes Nuclear: Should Pulpit Rabbis Publicly Discuss Iran?

JNS.org – As the U.S. Congress debates whether or not to support the Iran nuclear...

Unity is the Only Solution to Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism July 26, 2015 4:19 pm

Unity is the Only Solution to Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

On this Ninth of Av, the parallels between the period preceding the ruin of the ancient Temple...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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