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Have the Yazidis Been Forgotten by the International Community? June 7, 2015 11:29 am

Have the Yazidis Been Forgotten by the International Community?

Nearly one year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and...

Seeking Triple Crown, American Pharaoh Jockey Prays at Rabbi Schneerson’s Grave (VIDEO) June 5, 2015 12:51 pm

Seeking Triple Crown, American Pharaoh Jockey Prays at Rabbi Schneerson’s Grave (VIDEO)

Jockey Victor Espinoza prayed for success at the grave of the Grand Lubavitcher Rebbe in...

Corruption at FIFA June 5, 2015 12:37 pm

Corruption at FIFA

You know someone is unsavory if Vladimir Putin defends him. Thank goodness Sepp Blatter, the...

Human Rights Activist ‘Punks’ Saudi Arabia Over Treatment of Gays June 2, 2015 3:44 pm

Human Rights Activist ‘Punks’ Saudi Arabia Over Treatment of Gays

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) held its annual celebration and job fair last...

Gay Couples Included in New IDF Policy to Protect Children of Enlisted Soldiers May 20, 2015 12:54 pm

Gay Couples Included in New IDF Policy to Protect Children of Enlisted Soldiers

Gay and straight couples with children will no longer have to deal with situations where both...

Journalism Tackles ‘The Problem With Good Friday’ and an Episcopal Priest Responds May 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Journalism Tackles ‘The Problem With Good Friday’ and an Episcopal Priest Responds

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it’s rare to get concrete...

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy May 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy

Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino told students in a Beit Shemesh school on Wednesday, May...

Racism in Israel and Beyond May 8, 2015 10:34 am

Racism in Israel and Beyond

The riot of Ethiopian Jews in Israel who were protesting against racism is a sad reflection...

Archbishop of Canterbury Vows to Take Rising Antisemitism ‘Seriously’ May 8, 2015 9:57 am

Archbishop of Canterbury Vows to Take Rising Antisemitism ‘Seriously’

JNS.org – In an address to leading Jewish figures in the United Kingdom, Archbishop...

Judaism Was First in Fight Against Income Inequality May 7, 2015 10:03 am

Judaism Was First in Fight Against Income Inequality

The most surprising best-selling book in 2014 was French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital...

100 Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Students Meet in ‘War for the Environment’ May 1, 2015 2:09 pm

100 Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Students Meet in ‘War for the Environment’

Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies...

‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ Turn Technology Into Solutions for People With Disabilities May 1, 2015 12:30 pm

‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ Turn Technology Into Solutions for People With Disabilities

JNS.org – From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming...

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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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