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Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education February 8, 2015 8:19 pm

Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a...

What Does New Citizenship Law Mean for Portuguese and World Jewry? February 5, 2015 2:31 pm

What Does New Citizenship Law Mean for Portuguese and World Jewry?

JNS.org – Five-hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully...

Saving Informal Jewish Education to Save Ourselves February 2, 2015 3:58 am

Saving Informal Jewish Education to Save Ourselves

JNS.org – As the director of Camp Moshava, a religious Zionist camp in the Bnei Akiva...

Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education January 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education

JNS.org - A growing multi-denominational effort dubbed “BUILDing Jewish ECE,” led by...

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years January 27, 2015 5:12 am

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years

AUSCHWITZ, POLAND – Fifteen Auschwitz survivors, aged 80-94, recently returned to the...

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward January 23, 2015 3:17 pm

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward

Five months ago, Nufar Gross was on the battlefield treating wounded soldiers. The 33-year-old...

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe January 22, 2015 11:19 am

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe

JNS.org – A newly published study titled “White Papers of Hate” reveals the concerning...

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages January 22, 2015 11:14 am

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages

JNS.org – “There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him. That I don’t think...

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program January 21, 2015 12:01 am

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program

JNS.org - The Israel education organization StandWithUs and the National Information Directorate of...

Message From Jerusalem: ‘We Support France’ January 19, 2015 12:30 pm

Message From Jerusalem: ‘We Support France’

JERUSALEM – More than 1,000 people took part in a solidarity rally for the French people...

Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals in Israel January 19, 2015 12:25 pm

Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals in Israel

On Tuesday, thousands of Israelis showed their solidarity and sympathy at the funerals of...

Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations January 19, 2015 12:05 pm

Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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