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New Venture Seeks Entrepreneurial Solutions for Israelis With Disabilities December 10, 2013 11:42 am

New Venture Seeks Entrepreneurial Solutions for Israelis With Disabilities

JNS.org - PresenTense Israel, a volunteer-run organization aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs...

Cleveland Jewish Day Schools to Offer Tuition Discounts for Jewish Community Employees December 9, 2013 11:47 pm

Cleveland Jewish Day Schools to Offer Tuition Discounts for Jewish Community Employees

JNS.org - Two Cleveland Jewish day schools on Dec. 3 announced a new tuition incentive...

World’s Largest Menorah Lit in Tel Aviv December 5, 2013 2:32 pm

World’s Largest Menorah Lit in Tel Aviv

JNS.org – The eighth candle of Hanukkah was lit Wednesday night on the world’s largest...

The Ultra-Orthodox Need a Good Public Relations Campaign December 4, 2013 10:29 pm

The Ultra-Orthodox Need a Good Public Relations Campaign

The recent Pew Report, and every single other study in recent years on the American Jewish...

Israel Needs New Religious Leadership December 2, 2013 6:21 am

Israel Needs New Religious Leadership

There was hardly a murmur when former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested for the second...

Shame on Eyal Golan! November 25, 2013 8:13 pm

Shame on Eyal Golan!

For the last 15 years I have loved Eyal Golan’s music – my children know many of his songs...

Limmud UK: Why Charedi Jews Oppose Pluralistic Learning November 25, 2013 7:40 am

Limmud UK: Why Charedi Jews Oppose Pluralistic Learning

The very first Limmud Conference was held at Carmel College in the UK during my time as principal....

Pope Francis Says He Can’t Imagine Middle East ‘Without Christians’ November 21, 2013 2:08 pm

Pope Francis Says He Can’t Imagine Middle East ‘Without Christians’

JNS.org – Pope Francis said he could not imagine a Middle East devoid of Christians. “We...

Thousands of Catholics Gather in Nazareth for ‘Day of Faith’ November 18, 2013 8:57 pm

Thousands of Catholics Gather in Nazareth for ‘Day of Faith’

JNS.org – More than 7,000 Catholics from around the world gathered for mass on Sunday...

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW) November 13, 2013 10:09 am

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW)

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, edited by Rabbi...

Jewish Federation and Israeli Leaders Debate Jewish Identity Growth Strategies at Conference November 12, 2013 4:50 pm

Jewish Federation and Israeli Leaders Debate Jewish Identity Growth Strategies at Conference

JNS.org – Jewish leaders convening at the Jewish Federations of North America...

CUFI’s John Hagee, Face of Christian Zionism, Grows Movement Despite Skeptics November 12, 2013 10:55 am

CUFI’s John Hagee, Face of Christian Zionism, Grows Movement Despite Skeptics

JNS.org - NEW YORK—With more than 1.6 million members, Pastor John Hagee’s Christians...

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

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