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IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base June 2, 2015 1:43 pm

IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has rescinded a punishment levied against...

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes May 29, 2015 5:37 pm

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes

Usually when I visit friends in Israel, we discuss the situation in Israel. But this time,...

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values May 29, 2015 5:24 pm

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values

JNS.org – As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating...

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps May 29, 2015 5:16 pm

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps

JNS.org – For those who attended the Jewish camps of the previous generation, summertime...

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews May 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a major charity dedicated to finding a cure to Parkinson’s...

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones May 26, 2015 6:55 am

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones

JNS.org – The controversy surrounding Israel’s complex framework of laws relating...

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds May 21, 2015 10:42 am

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds

JNS.org – Eighteen-year-olds have a habit of forming close, family-like relationships...

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel May 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel

A historic number of young French Jewish adults will be arriving in Israel this summer with...

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon May 20, 2015 12:15 pm

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon

JNS.org – If when you think the history of whiskey in the U.S. your mind conjures...

Thousands of Israelis Celebrate Jerusalem Day May 18, 2015 2:09 pm

Thousands of Israelis Celebrate Jerusalem Day

Thousands of Israelis poured into the streets of Jerusalem on Sunday to celebrate the annual...

What I Owe Jerusalem May 15, 2015 1:14 pm

What I Owe Jerusalem

I arrived in Jerusalem from New York in July 1977, 10 years after the Six-Day War, and three...

A Student Named Greenberg Has a ‘Koufax Moment’ (VIDEO) May 15, 2015 1:07 pm

A Student Named Greenberg Has a ‘Koufax Moment’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – In 1965, legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax opted not...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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