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UN Economic Commission and Israel’s MASHAV Team Up for Renewal Energy Workshop February 16, 2015 9:40 am

UN Economic Commission and Israel’s MASHAV Team Up for Renewal Energy Workshop

A first of its kind renewable energy workshop was recently organized by the UN Economic Commission...

Multifaith Relief Effort for Syrian Refugees Not About Israel, But Israel May Benefit February 15, 2015 11:44 am

Multifaith Relief Effort for Syrian Refugees Not About Israel, But Israel May Benefit

JNS.org – When members of the pro-Israel community think of populations in need of...

A Frank Conversation on Marriage in Israel With Tzohar’s Rabbi David Stav February 11, 2015 2:18 pm

A Frank Conversation on Marriage in Israel With Tzohar’s Rabbi David Stav

JNS.org – I had hardly sat down for my recent meeting with Rabbi David Stav at Manhattan’s...

Yeshivas Are No Longer the Domain of Holiness February 8, 2015 5:12 pm

Yeshivas Are No Longer the Domain of Holiness

“A brawl erupted at the Ponevezh Yeshiva, where a prominent rabbi, Shmuel Markovitz,...

With Female Spiritual Advisor, Efrat Spotlights Women’s Empowerment in Israel January 28, 2015 11:58 am

With Female Spiritual Advisor, Efrat Spotlights Women’s Empowerment in Israel

JNS.org – In Torah times there was Devorah, prophetess and judge. In Talmudic times...

Gun Control After Paris January 26, 2015 9:36 am

Gun Control After Paris

For a long time, I have believed that the gun culture of the United States is dangerous and...

Some Urgent Questions for the Publisher of ‘The Christian Century’ January 25, 2015 1:24 am

Some Urgent Questions for the Publisher of ‘The Christian Century’

On Sunday, January 25, Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, editor and publisher of The Christian Century...

Satirists and Terrorists January 9, 2015 2:22 pm

Satirists and Terrorists

They say that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy, but no one was prepared for...

The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews January 7, 2015 12:58 am

The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews

The Anti-Defamation League recently released their annual list of top issues affecting Jews...

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel? January 4, 2015 1:06 pm

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel?

As a Zionism activist, I spend much of my time jetting back and forth between Israel and the...

President Rivlin and Leaders of Israel’s Christian Community Welcome New Year January 1, 2015 10:49 am

President Rivlin and Leaders of Israel’s Christian Community Welcome New Year

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the traditional state reception for leaders of Israel’s...

Frenemies: Judaism and Islam December 26, 2014 12:22 pm

Frenemies: Judaism and Islam

I always used to regard Islam as a religion much closer to Judaism than Christianity was....

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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  • Blogs Sports Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals

    Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals

    JNS.org – The people who sat in seats one and two of row 12, section 120 at Quicken Loans Arena during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night weren’t your ordinary Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Tomer Hulli and his father, Eli, made the trip from Israel to attend games 3 and 4 in Cleveland. Tomer, who lives in Tzur Moshe, a 25-minute drive north of Tel Aviv, has been playing basketball since he was 5. Hulli said he didn’t plan this […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

    Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

    JNS.org – The American rock band Bon Jovi signed a contract in Germany that officially commits it to perform in Israel on Oct. 3, the concert’s producers announced at a press conference. The move marks the latest defeat for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement activists seeking to convince musicians not to perform in the Jewish state. Bon Jovi’s performance in Israel for the final show of its Asian concert tour is the result of an effort by Guy Besser and Shay Mor Yosef of BlueStone Productions, in cooperation with promoter Marcel […]

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