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Wilt Chamberlain’s Jewish Role Models October 14, 2013 9:28 am

Wilt Chamberlain’s Jewish Role Models

JNS.org – With the 2013-14 National Basketball Association season set to begin Oct....

New Jewish Holiday Toy: ‘Mensch on a Bench’ October 14, 2013 9:26 am

New Jewish Holiday Toy: ‘Mensch on a Bench’

JNS.org – When his son asked for The Elf on the Shelf—the famed Christmas toy that...

Group Leads First Kosher Tour to Cuba October 11, 2013 11:56 am

Group Leads First Kosher Tour to Cuba

JNS.org - It started with a mutual fascination with Cuba, especially its tiny Jewish community....

Jerusalem Biennale Celebrates Contemporary Art October 9, 2013 1:38 pm

Jerusalem Biennale Celebrates Contemporary Art

JNS.org – Jerusalem’s role in Israel’s start-up culture just got a boost: this...

Wonder Bread Gets OU Kosher Certification in New York Area October 4, 2013 5:00 pm

Wonder Bread Gets OU Kosher Certification in New York Area

JNS.org – Wonder Bread, fresh off its post-bankruptcy revival, will get kosher certification...

The Future of Frumkeit in Lancaster, Pennsylvania October 4, 2013 3:40 pm

The Future of Frumkeit in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

JNS.org – On the first weekday of chol hamoed Sukkot, most years, my wife and I...

New Jewish Cartoon: Meet ‘The Menschkins’ October 2, 2013 9:51 am

New Jewish Cartoon: Meet ‘The Menschkins’

JNS.org – “The Menschkins” are your typical nice Jewish family. There’s Howie,...

Chagall’s Jewish Jesus Exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum October 2, 2013 9:41 am

Chagall’s Jewish Jesus Exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum

Last week I viewed the new exhibit of Marc Chagall’s paintings at New York’s...

Turning Nuclear Material Into Jewish Jewelry for Hanukkah October 1, 2013 11:24 am

Turning Nuclear Material Into Jewish Jewelry for Hanukkah

JNS.org – While at the U.N. General Assembly and other public forums, Iran continues...

J Street and the Decline of American Power October 1, 2013 11:20 am

J Street and the Decline of American Power

JNS.org – A few weeks ago, I ventured the theory that rather than the so-called “Israel...

Where Do Jewish Federations Draw ‘Red Line’ On Israel Criticism? September 25, 2013 8:38 am

Where Do Jewish Federations Draw ‘Red Line’ On Israel Criticism?

JNS.org – The “red line” associated with Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s...

The Story of the Jews on the BBC September 16, 2013 9:25 am

The Story of the Jews on the BBC

Have you been watching Simon Schama’s BBC series The Story of the Jews? I absolutely loved...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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