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Bulgarian Immigrant to Israel With Hemophilia Risks Life for Circumcision to Complete Conversion to Judaism February 29, 2016 7:54 am

Bulgarian Immigrant to Israel With Hemophilia Risks Life for Circumcision to Complete Conversion to Judaism

An 18-year-old with a rare type of hemophilia risked undergoing a circumcision in order to...

Birthright Israel Should Fund Teen Trips to Israel Immediately February 19, 2016 5:57 am

Birthright Israel Should Fund Teen Trips to Israel Immediately

The rise of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activities in academia begs for an effective strategy...

Multi-Functional Hair Clip Inspired by Yarmulke a Big Hit on Amazon February 15, 2016 12:11 pm

Multi-Functional Hair Clip Inspired by Yarmulke a Big Hit on Amazon

The designer of a multi-purpose hair clip said he was inspired by his Jewish friends who...

Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna February 11, 2016 7:17 am

Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund...

Bernie Sanders Jokes About Being ‘Too Jewish’ for America During ‘SNL’ Skit (VIDEO) February 7, 2016 11:50 am

Bernie Sanders Jokes About Being ‘Too Jewish’ for America During ‘SNL’ Skit (VIDEO)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders pretended to be a Jewish immigrant heading...

Israel’s Shift from West to East  — and the Implications for American Jewry January 12, 2016 7:55 am

Israel’s Shift from West to East — and the Implications for American Jewry

JNS.org – Last week, the media carried what on the surface appeared to be an insignificant...

Israel Video Network Launches ‘Inspired by Israel’ Video Contest (VIDEO) December 29, 2015 5:56 pm

Israel Video Network Launches ‘Inspired by Israel’ Video Contest (VIDEO)

JNS.org – The Israel Video Network in partnership with the Milstein Family Foundation...

Jews on Mars — Sounds Crazy, No? December 20, 2015 12:36 pm

Jews on Mars — Sounds Crazy, No?

JNS.org – Yes, he has seen the recent film “The Martian.” But unlike the other...

Christian-Jewish Aid Group Plans to Double Aliyah Efforts in 2016 December 17, 2015 5:31 pm

Christian-Jewish Aid Group Plans to Double Aliyah Efforts in 2016

JNS.org – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”)...

Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik: Don’t Be Ashamed to Voice Support for Israel December 17, 2015 8:07 am

Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik: Don’t Be Ashamed to Voice Support for Israel

Actress Mayim Bialik urged Israel-backers not to be apologetic in voicing their support...

National Jewish Community Relations Umbrella Names New CEO December 11, 2015 1:12 pm

National Jewish Community Relations Umbrella Names New CEO

JNS.org – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), an umbrella organization representing...

Paris Attacks Shed Light on Aliyah in Good Times and Bad November 19, 2015 7:38 am

Paris Attacks Shed Light on Aliyah in Good Times and Bad

JNS.org – Thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to express...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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