Jewish Identity

Contemporary Artist Gary Baseman Goes Back Home Through Los Angeles Museum August 1, 2013 10:58 am

Contemporary Artist Gary Baseman Goes Back Home Through Los Angeles Museum

JNS.org - Inviting the museum visitor down hallways and through rooms of rendered memories...

The American Jewish Establishment Must Embrace Social Media July 30, 2013 10:44 am

The American Jewish Establishment Must Embrace Social Media

One of the biggest challenges facing American Jewry is assimilation, which is happening at...

Bay Area Initiative Shows Strides in Integrating Israel Education into Curriculums July 30, 2013 6:13 am

Bay Area Initiative Shows Strides in Integrating Israel Education into Curriculums

JNS.org – “In a beautiful valley, among vineyards and fields, there stood a tower...

College Care Packages, From Starbucks Cards to Pharaoh Punching Bags, Help Synagogues Stay in Touch With Students July 29, 2013 1:20 pm

College Care Packages, From Starbucks Cards to Pharaoh Punching Bags, Help Synagogues Stay in Touch With Students

JNS.org – What do hamantaschen, a Starbucks gift card and a pharaoh punching bag have...

The Jews of Pinsk July 28, 2013 7:56 pm

The Jews of Pinsk

I have just read almost a thousand pages of the two-volume history of The Jews of Pinsk published...

Bread, Bucks, and Making a Living July 26, 2013 1:02 pm

Bread, Bucks, and Making a Living

Man does not live by bread alone. A famous line (it even figured prominently in an ad for...

From Academia to the Real World: Making Jewish Research Have an Impact July 25, 2013 7:52 am

From Academia to the Real World: Making Jewish Research Have an Impact

JNS.org - Effective Jewish education doesn’t just happen. Strategic planning, smart use...

Five Proud 20th Century Jews Who Changed the World July 25, 2013 12:01 am

Five Proud 20th Century Jews Who Changed the World

The Jewish people have had such a positive effect on the world – so many heroes and so many...

Ohio Will Be First State with Holocaust Memorial on Statehouse Grounds July 24, 2013 12:00 am

Ohio Will Be First State with Holocaust Memorial on Statehouse Grounds

JNS.org - Ohio is set to become the first U.S. state with a Holocaust memorial on statehouse...

Jewish Celebrities Join Royal Baby Frenzy July 22, 2013 8:05 pm

Jewish Celebrities Join Royal Baby Frenzy

JNS.org - Jewish celebrities were tweeting sarcastic remarks about the Duke and Duchess...

ADL: U.S. Anti-Semitism Down 14 Percent in 2012 July 22, 2013 8:03 pm

ADL: U.S. Anti-Semitism Down 14 Percent in 2012

JNS.org – The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents,...

Israeli Lacrosse Team to Forfeit Chance at Title Due to Shabbat July 21, 2013 7:23 am

Israeli Lacrosse Team to Forfeit Chance at Title Due to Shabbat

JNS.org - This story was originally published by the Washington Jewish Week The Israeli...

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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