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80 Jewish Teens From Around the World to Visit Poland, Israel as Part of Summer ‘Heritage Quest’ Program July 5, 2016 2:59 pm

80 Jewish Teens From Around the World to Visit Poland, Israel as Part of Summer ‘Heritage Quest’ Program

Eighty Jewish teens from around the world will travel to Poland and Israel this month, as...

As Jews ‘Forever Remain the Outsider,’ New York Group Teaches Self-defense July 1, 2016 3:15 am

As Jews ‘Forever Remain the Outsider,’ New York Group Teaches Self-defense

JNS.org – “Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched...

Israel’s Genesis Prize Foundation Seeks ‘Jewish Heroes’ to Set an Example for Younger Generation June 30, 2016 1:15 pm

Israel’s Genesis Prize Foundation Seeks ‘Jewish Heroes’ to Set an Example for Younger Generation

JNS.org – As a community priding itself on thousands of years of continuity and tradition,...

Budapest’s Jewish Quarter Reinvents Itself as Cultural Hotspot With Avant-Garde Options for Visitors June 30, 2016 5:54 am

Budapest’s Jewish Quarter Reinvents Itself as Cultural Hotspot With Avant-Garde Options for Visitors

The Jewish quarter in Budapest, once filled with nothing more than abandoned buildings, now...

Soccer Icon David Beckham Says He Feels Jewish Because of His Grandfather, Who Took Him to Synagogue June 16, 2016 2:12 pm

Soccer Icon David Beckham Says He Feels Jewish Because of His Grandfather, Who Took Him to Synagogue

Soccer superstar David Beckham revealed on Tuesday that he considers himself to be a Jew. The...

Jewish Millennial Forges Identity After Double Immigration Journey June 16, 2016 12:36 pm

Jewish Millennial Forges Identity After Double Immigration Journey

JNS.org – There’s a Russian folk tale about an elderly couple building a little snow...

‘Smart Shabbos’ Technology Takes Brooklyn Jewish Homes by Storm May 24, 2016 6:24 am

‘Smart Shabbos’ Technology Takes Brooklyn Jewish Homes by Storm

Rather than using manual timers, some Jewish residents of Brooklyn are having smart technology...

Movie Star Michael Douglas: ‘This Year Has Been About Rediscovering the Jewish Values That I Cherish’ May 23, 2016 6:05 am

Movie Star Michael Douglas: ‘This Year Has Been About Rediscovering the Jewish Values That I Cherish’

Movie star/producer Michael Douglas on Sunday described developing a connection to his Judaism...

Jewish Billionaire Throws $2 Million Bar Mitzvah for Twin Sons; Quips About Squalor of His Own Coming of Age May 18, 2016 7:51 am

Jewish Billionaire Throws $2 Million Bar Mitzvah for Twin Sons; Quips About Squalor of His Own Coming of Age

Billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz threw a lavish bar mitzvah for his twin sons on Saturday...

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg Says She Is ‘Torch of Freedom’ for Holocaust Survivor Mother May 12, 2016 4:20 pm

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg Says She Is ‘Torch of Freedom’ for Holocaust Survivor Mother

Famed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said on Tuesday night that she sees herself as...

Pop Star Katy Perry Wishes for Weekly Worldwide ‘Shabbat’ to Disconnect From Social Media May 5, 2016 1:27 pm

Pop Star Katy Perry Wishes for Weekly Worldwide ‘Shabbat’ to Disconnect From Social Media

Pop superstar Katy Perry declared in a recent interview that the whole world needs a weekly...

In ‘My Fat Dad,’ Wisdom Balances Recipes and Relationships April 1, 2016 6:42 am

In ‘My Fat Dad,’ Wisdom Balances Recipes and Relationships

JNS.org – “A good relationship, like a good recipe, requires balance — three...

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  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

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  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

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  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

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  • Arts and Culture Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Jewish actor Jonah Hill revealed on Wednesday morning that he had officiated the wedding of good friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The “War Dogs” actor, 32, was a guest on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show when the conversation turned to Levine’s July 2014 wedding to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Hill said that after he was asked to officiate the nuptials, he started getting worried about the type of speech he was going to deliver. “I’m writing all these things, and then I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Music Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution. Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.” He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and […]

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  • Arts and Culture Uncanny Toy Replica of Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Auctioning on eBay for Over $1,600

    Uncanny Toy Replica of Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Auctioning on eBay for Over $1,600

    An artist is auctioning on eBay a Wonder Woman doll he purchased and repainted to create an uncanny replica of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play the superhero in an upcoming 2017 spin-off film. Noel Cruz purchased a 19-inch action figure of the Batman v Superman star and replaced its plastic hair with a new wig, and added a material belt and Princess Diana’s lasso, according to the blog Io9, which first reported on Cruz’s work. He then painted the doll to make it look like the […]

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  • Arts and Culture British Jewish Star Daniel Radcliffe Hopes New Movie About Neo-Nazis Will Spark Dialogue to Defeat Antisemitic Rhetoric

    British Jewish Star Daniel Radcliffe Hopes New Movie About Neo-Nazis Will Spark Dialogue to Defeat Antisemitic Rhetoric

    Racist and antisemitic rhetoric supported by white supremacists can be defeated by opening channels for meaningful dialogue, British-Jewish actor Daniel Radcliffe said, ahead of the release of his new film, in which he plays an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a neo-Nazi group. “[White supremacist ideologies] have more power the less we talk about them. So hopefully this does start a kind of conversation, which would be a tiny part of a much larger conversation that needs to happen,” the actor, 27, told The […]

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