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Lower the Age for Birthright Israel to Build a Pro-Israel Army on Campus July 2, 2015 2:05 pm

Lower the Age for Birthright Israel to Build a Pro-Israel Army on Campus

Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college campuses...

European Parliament Shines Light on Plight of Holocaust Survivors June 30, 2015 8:58 pm

European Parliament Shines Light on Plight of Holocaust Survivors

A day-long seminar entitled “Living with Dignity” was held last Tuesday at the...

A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW) June 30, 2015 7:28 am

A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants,...

Jaffa Orange Republic: Towards the Ontogeny of Jewish Statehood in the 21st Century June 24, 2015 10:11 am

Jaffa Orange Republic: Towards the Ontogeny of Jewish Statehood in the 21st Century

Maturation in Jewry’s Third Commonwealth will be signaled by conspicuous shifts in attitudes...

Strength and Humility: The Paradox of Life June 21, 2015 12:34 pm

Strength and Humility: The Paradox of Life

On June 16, 2015, The Carlebach Shul of Manhattan’s Upper West Side held its annual...

Israel’s Absorption Ministry Plans for Influx of French Jews June 21, 2015 11:58 am

Israel’s Absorption Ministry Plans for Influx of French Jews

Immigration from France is on the rise: in the first half of 2015, approximately 5,100 French...

Young Indian Jews Visit Israel on Birthright Trip June 17, 2015 11:29 am

Young Indian Jews Visit Israel on Birthright Trip

Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, is home to the majority of...

Will Sephardic Jews Join Ashkenazi Embrace of Pre-Marriage Genetic Testing? June 16, 2015 11:47 am

Will Sephardic Jews Join Ashkenazi Embrace of Pre-Marriage Genetic Testing?

JNS.org – “There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein,...

Why Does the Jewish World Put on Conferences? June 14, 2015 12:41 pm

Why Does the Jewish World Put on Conferences?

JNS.org – In one of the larger Jewish-related events of the year, more than 1,500 people...

Why the Fuss Over Ban on Orthodox Jewish Women Driving Cars? June 12, 2015 10:04 am

Why the Fuss Over Ban on Orthodox Jewish Women Driving Cars?

There has been much neurotic outcry about the Belz Chasidic Yeshiva in London (note, not in...

Let My People Go June 11, 2015 9:48 pm

Let My People Go

“This year we are slaves, next year may we be free men.” The ending line of the Passover...

When the Homeland Becomes Home: Israel’s Senior Immigrants June 10, 2015 12:59 pm

When the Homeland Becomes Home: Israel’s Senior Immigrants

JNS.org – Like other Jews his age, Gerry Wine remembers the day Israel was born—May...

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  • Relationships Yossi Vardi Credits Pushy Jewish Mother for His Startup Success

    Yossi Vardi Credits Pushy Jewish Mother for His Startup Success

    Millionaire entrepreneur Yossi Vardi credited his success in start-ups to his Jewish mother continuously pushing him to do better, Daily Mail reported on Thursday. “Jewish mothers are never satisfied and nothing is ever good enough,” he said, adding that his mother, who died 15 years ago, used to compare him with his cousins and say he was “an idiot.” “For most of my life I have been trying to show her I’m not,” he continued. “I keep on trying even now.” Vardi, […]

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  • Theater US & Canada Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO)

    Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO)

    Famed actor Seth Rogen on Tuesday unveiled with typical comic fanfare the trailer for his new Christmas film. The movie “was made by Jews… and opens on Thanksgiving,” Rogen pointed out on Twitter. The Night Before tells the tale of three “ride or die homies” celebrating one last debauchery-filled Christmas Eve reunion before they become too busy to keep up their annual tradition. In an effort to make the night as memorable as possible, they set out to find the “Nutcracka Ball – the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

    Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

    A June 2015 art exhibit, “The Transformative Power of Art,” at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, harnessed the universal language of art to convey an important message: “Our fragile Mother Earth faces the devastating consequences of climate change, a defining challenge of our time.” The exhibit also included sixteen portraits of people from all over the world who have “contributed to the common good of humanity in one way or another and have transformed the way we […]

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag

    Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag

    A 32-year-old Circassian Israeli Muslim Mixed Martial Arts fighter from Abu Ghosh says he takes pride in fighting under the Israeli flag, Israel’s Walla reported on Sunday. Like most Circassian Israelis, Jackie “the Punishment” Gosh was born Sunni Muslim. He became observant about eight years ago, and is now scrupulous in following his religion’s tenets, praying five times a day and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Gosh is also very proud of his Israeli nationality, and sees no contradiction between […]

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  • Israel Music New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

    A new documentary explores the lives and work of Jewish and Arab rappers in Israel and how the ongoing conflict in the region has impacted their lyrics, the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday. Hip Hop in the Holy Land is a six-part series co-directed by Mike Skinner, the British frontman of hip-hop group The Streets, and produced by Noisey, a music channel published by Vice news. The first episode, published last week, shows Skinner meeting with Tamer Nafar, the founder of one of […]

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  • Sports US & Canada 49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

    49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

    New 49ers running back and Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne apologized on Wednesday for a tweet in which he raised the age-old myth that Jews were historically responsible for Jesus Christ’s death. Reaching out to his Jewish fans, and the chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Hayne tweeted: “To the Jewish community @DvirAbramovich #WeAreAllOne.” Underneath, he keenly included a screenshot of a text message to elaborate on his apology: “I sincerely apologize for my tweets on July 1. I […]

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  • Theater Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot reminisced about her childhood in Israel during an interview published in this month’s edition of Vanity Fair. “I don’t remember this, but my mom told me that when I was three they threw a party on the rooftop of the house. They put me to bed, and I heard people coming into the house and no one came to me. I went to the rooftop and took a hose and I started to spray water on everyone, just […]

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  • Blogs Features Wounded Israeli Soldiers Unite With American Veterans to Help Their ‘Brothers for Life’ Heal (INTERVIEW)

    Wounded Israeli Soldiers Unite With American Veterans to Help Their ‘Brothers for Life’ Heal (INTERVIEW)

    An Israeli organization is helping wounded U.S. veterans move past their physical and psychological challenges by connecting them with injured Israeli soldiers who understand what they’ve been through. “What we discovered very early is that there’s no ‘professional, psychiatrist, social worker’ or anything like that [or] pills that can come even close to helping a soldier who fought in combat, who was wounded, who lost his friends. No one can help him like another person who’s been through exactly what he has,” Rabbi Chaim Levine, […]

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