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With Super Bowl Over, Signature Event for Football in Israel Lies Ahead February 10, 2014 1:36 am

With Super Bowl Over, Signature Event for Football in Israel Lies Ahead

JNS.org – NEW YORK – Days before Super Bowl XLVIII in northern New Jersey’s...

Human Rights, Corruption, and Security Among Jewish Concerns on Sochi Olympics February 5, 2014 11:10 am

Human Rights, Corruption, and Security Among Jewish Concerns on Sochi Olympics

JNS.org – With the Winter Olympics gearing up for their Feb. 7 start in Sochi, Russia,...

Arava Tour Reveals Israel’s Pioneering Work in Desert Agriculture February 3, 2014 12:02 pm

Arava Tour Reveals Israel’s Pioneering Work in Desert Agriculture

JNS.org – Arava, literally meaning “desolate” and “dry area” in Hebrew, on...

A View from Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day January 30, 2014 8:15 am

A View from Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day

JNS.org – OSWIECIM, Poland—The day is Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance...

Hong Kong Synagogue Scene a Blend of Tradition and Travelers January 29, 2014 8:14 am

Hong Kong Synagogue Scene a Blend of Tradition and Travelers

JNS.org – HONG KONG—A taxi ride to 70 Robinson Road in Hong Kong, the address...

After Israel-EU Agreement, Flying is Easy to and From Jewish State January 24, 2014 11:56 am

After Israel-EU Agreement, Flying is Easy to and From Jewish State

JNS.org – Just several months since Israel and the European Union officially signed...

Jewish Spain’s Myriad Attractions Leave No Time for a Siesta January 23, 2014 2:05 am

Jewish Spain’s Myriad Attractions Leave No Time for a Siesta

JNS.org – My passion for speaking Spanish, watching Flamenco, drinking Rioja, admiring...

Italians Help Israel Protect Historic Sites in Holy Land January 22, 2014 7:59 am

Italians Help Israel Protect Historic Sites in Holy Land

As the tallest structure in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Tower of David is a famous and...

With Light, Moshe Safdie Builds a Global Architectural Legacy January 22, 2014 12:18 am

With Light, Moshe Safdie Builds a Global Architectural Legacy

JNS.org - LOS ANGELES—“Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” on display...

A Mom From Esh Kodesh Makes Sushi – and Headlines January 20, 2014 12:37 am

A Mom From Esh Kodesh Makes Sushi – and Headlines

ESH KODESH – Maayan Shaar, 26, of Esh Kodesh had no idea that her family’s favorite...

Taglit Birthright Generates More Than $825 Million for Israeli Economy January 10, 2014 8:16 am

Taglit Birthright Generates More Than $825 Million for Israeli Economy

JNS.org – The Taglit Birthright Israel program has contributed over $825 million...

Temple Mount Report Fuels Concern About Future of Holy Site January 8, 2014 8:02 am

Temple Mount Report Fuels Concern About Future of Holy Site

JNS.org – A recently revealed Israeli State Comptroller’s report that remains...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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