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Hanukkah Recipes From ‘Queen of Kosher’ Jamie Geller December 3, 2013 11:16 am

Hanukkah Recipes From ‘Queen of Kosher’ Jamie Geller

JNS.org – All kinds of uber-creative latke recipes appear around Hanukkah-time: apple-parsnip...

IDF Soldiers to Consume 300,000 Doughnuts Over Chanukah November 29, 2013 11:47 am

IDF Soldiers to Consume 300,000 Doughnuts Over Chanukah

One of Chanukah’s delights in Israel is the eating of the traditional sufganiyah, the...

When Palestinians Violate the Boycott of Israel November 22, 2013 2:20 pm

When Palestinians Violate the Boycott of Israel

Imagine a movement called Movement X. The movement is simple: it is calling for a boycott...

Not Much ‘Dreamin’ in California November 22, 2013 1:50 pm

Not Much ‘Dreamin’ in California

What is reputedly the safest city in America—Irvine, California—is safely reached by...

Examining Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly November 15, 2013 10:14 am

Examining Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly

JNS.org - JERUSALEM—The changing nature of the American Jewish community has been a much-debated...

Prince Charles Visits Cochin, India, Synagogue on 65th Birthday November 14, 2013 12:01 am

Prince Charles Visits Cochin, India, Synagogue on 65th Birthday

Britain’s Prince Charles of Wales visited a synagogue in Cochin, India, Wednesday,...

California vs. Israel: The Grass May be Greener, But Not the Olives November 11, 2013 10:30 am

California vs. Israel: The Grass May be Greener, But Not the Olives

Southern California’s olive trees are taller and emptier than olive trees anywhere in Israel,...

American Olim Bring Spiritual Care to Israel November 8, 2013 10:19 am

American Olim Bring Spiritual Care to Israel

JNS.org - Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct—dugri, in local parlance....

Jewish Genetic Screening Becomes More Accessible With At-Home Testing November 8, 2013 10:15 am

Jewish Genetic Screening Becomes More Accessible With At-Home Testing

JNS.org - One in four Jews is a carrier of one or more of the 19 known preventable Jewish...

Rabbi Eric Yoffie Should Stop Harming the Jewish Community November 7, 2013 11:24 am

Rabbi Eric Yoffie Should Stop Harming the Jewish Community

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who served as president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1996 to 2012,...

Hillel at 90: The Past, Present, and Future of Campus Activism November 7, 2013 10:00 am

Hillel at 90: The Past, Present, and Future of Campus Activism

JNS.org – When recent rabbinical school graduate Rabbi Benjamin Frankel began a part-time...

Is Jewish Life in the Diaspora Coming to an End? November 4, 2013 11:44 am

Is Jewish Life in the Diaspora Coming to an End?

The recent Pew Research Center survey of American Jews has ignited discussions extending from...

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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