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A Welcome and Warning to French Jews September 11, 2015 11:30 am

A Welcome and Warning to French Jews

This year’s figures for immigration to Israel from France are not yet in, as such statistics...

My Non-Birthright Experience with Birthright September 11, 2015 5:15 am

My Non-Birthright Experience with Birthright

JNS.org –  Chances are, if you are Jewish and have a close connection with a young...

Nonkosher Food for Thought September 1, 2015 10:21 am

Nonkosher Food for Thought

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a three-day visit to Italy. On Thursday,...

Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good? August 20, 2015 11:33 am

Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with...

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered! August 20, 2015 11:03 am

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered!

JNS.org – On the rare occasion that I get to talk to people from home (the 10-hour...

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family August 19, 2015 4:20 pm

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family

A great-aunt of famed British actress Jane Seymour killed herself after surviving the Holocaust...

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin August 17, 2015 1:13 pm

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin

JNS.org – India is urging tens of thousands of Jews of Indian origin to visit the country...

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots August 17, 2015 6:59 am

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots

A quarter century has passed since Soviet Jews got out of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia,...

Aliyah Update: Ulpan, Bureaucracy, and Reacting to Jewish Terrorism August 13, 2015 10:37 am

Aliyah Update: Ulpan, Bureaucracy, and Reacting to Jewish Terrorism

JNS.org – It has now been a whole month since my aliyah date, so I thought that this...

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games August 13, 2015 10:14 am

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

JNS.org – What do basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers, and gymnast Mitch...

The Mindset of Progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli Problem’ August 12, 2015 8:01 am

The Mindset of Progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli Problem’

JNS.org – In the sweltering heat of a Chicago summer, my friend marched outside the...

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act August 10, 2015 12:50 pm

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act

JNS.org – “Both Jews and Muslims have a lot in common. What are we fighting over?...

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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