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Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered! August 20, 2015 11:03 am

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered!

JNS.org – On the rare occasion that I get to talk to people from home (the 10-hour...

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family August 19, 2015 4:20 pm

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family

A great-aunt of famed British actress Jane Seymour killed herself after surviving the Holocaust...

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin August 17, 2015 1:13 pm

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin

JNS.org – India is urging tens of thousands of Jews of Indian origin to visit the country...

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots August 17, 2015 6:59 am

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots

A quarter century has passed since Soviet Jews got out of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia,...

Aliyah Update: Ulpan, Bureaucracy, and Reacting to Jewish Terrorism August 13, 2015 10:37 am

Aliyah Update: Ulpan, Bureaucracy, and Reacting to Jewish Terrorism

JNS.org – It has now been a whole month since my aliyah date, so I thought that this...

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games August 13, 2015 10:14 am

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

JNS.org – What do basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers, and gymnast Mitch...

The Mindset of Progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli Problem’ August 12, 2015 8:01 am

The Mindset of Progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli Problem’

JNS.org – In the sweltering heat of a Chicago summer, my friend marched outside the...

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act August 10, 2015 12:50 pm

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act

JNS.org – “Both Jews and Muslims have a lot in common. What are we fighting over?...

Meet the Radio Host Behind Israeli Minister’s Reform Judaism Interview Stir August 10, 2015 12:45 pm

Meet the Radio Host Behind Israeli Minister’s Reform Judaism Interview Stir

JNS.org – When Israeli Religious Affairs Minister MK David Azoulay (Shas) told Israel’s...

Christian Funding Provides Lifeline to Jewish Schools in Former Soviet Union August 7, 2015 5:35 pm

Christian Funding Provides Lifeline to Jewish Schools in Former Soviet Union

JNS.org – The Soviet Union may have dissolved in 1991, but many Jewish families are...

Hillel CEO to Address J Street Campus Arm’s Summer Conference August 7, 2015 11:01 am

Hillel CEO to Address J Street Campus Arm’s Summer Conference

JNS.org – Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut will address the Summer Leadership...

Spotlight on Lincoln’s Jewish Ties Part of 16th President’s Renaissance August 6, 2015 11:54 am

Spotlight on Lincoln’s Jewish Ties Part of 16th President’s Renaissance

JNS.org – At a time when America’s heroes are dwindling, filmmakers and historians...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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