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‘Beyond Chicken Soup’ — Looking at Jews and Medicine March 24, 2016 2:40 pm

‘Beyond Chicken Soup’ — Looking at Jews and Medicine

JNS.org – Chicken soup is known as the “Jewish penicillin,” but there’s much...

Terror Wave May Change Israel Summer Camp Itinerary, But the Trip Goes on March 24, 2016 7:15 am

Terror Wave May Change Israel Summer Camp Itinerary, But the Trip Goes on

JNS.org – Every summer has a story, and the best stories often happen in Israel....

Jewish Actor Dustin Hoffman Weeps After Discovering Great-Grandmother Escaped Soviet Concentration Camp (VIDEO) March 9, 2016 3:45 pm

Jewish Actor Dustin Hoffman Weeps After Discovering Great-Grandmother Escaped Soviet Concentration Camp (VIDEO)

Famed actor Dustin Hoffman was reduced to tears on Tuesday after learning that his great-grandmother...

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”)...

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

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