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Actor Jason Biggs and Wife Attacked for Making Light of Son’s Circumcision (PHOTOS) February 28, 2014 12:01 pm

Actor Jason Biggs and Wife Attacked for Making Light of Son’s Circumcision (PHOTOS)

Actor Jason Biggs and his wife, Jenny Mollen, drew online criticism for photos, and accompanying...

Jewish World Jams Together, But What Kind of Music Will it Produce? February 28, 2014 10:43 am

Jewish World Jams Together, But What Kind of Music Will it Produce?

JNS.org - Jam session. Flash poll. A tapping into our collective mind. For four days,...

Newsweek Scraps ‘Top 50 Rabbis’ List Before Print Relaunch February 27, 2014 12:01 am

Newsweek Scraps ‘Top 50 Rabbis’ List Before Print Relaunch

JNS.org - Newsweek said it will stop publishing its “Top 50 Rabbis” list in 2014. The...

Oscar-Nominated ‘American Hustle’ Conjures Up Story of Jewish Con Artist February 26, 2014 11:39 am

Oscar-Nominated ‘American Hustle’ Conjures Up Story of Jewish Con Artist

JNS.org – When former New York Times reporter Leslie Maitland first heard that Amy...

The ‘Big Tent’ Illusion on College Campuses February 24, 2014 8:43 am

The ‘Big Tent’ Illusion on College Campuses

More and more, we hear from faculty and students about the need to have an “open tent”...

Russian Jews Provide Great Hope for American Jewry February 21, 2014 8:24 am

Russian Jews Provide Great Hope for American Jewry

I just returned from a fascinating weekend in Connecticut where I was the keynote speaker...

Jewish Teen Delegates Tackle Global Issues Head-On at Yeshiva University Model UN February 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Jewish Teen Delegates Tackle Global Issues Head-On at Yeshiva University Model UN

JNS.org - STAMFORD, Conn. – The United Nations is in session. Sam Collins, Croatian...

‘Moving the Needle:’ Jewish Day School Education’s Search for Relevance February 20, 2014 12:06 pm

‘Moving the Needle:’ Jewish Day School Education’s Search for Relevance

JNS.org – LOS ANGELES – “Moving the Needle” was the name of the recent national...

Frum Fashionista: New Magazine Targets Style Conscious Orthodox Jewish Women February 18, 2014 5:32 pm

Frum Fashionista: New Magazine Targets Style Conscious Orthodox Jewish Women

JNS.org - Cool weather trends. Pop patterns. Couture for a cause. It could be Vogue or Elle....

Netanyahu Must Not Take Diaspora Jews for Granted February 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Netanyahu Must Not Take Diaspora Jews for Granted

Under the leadership of the indefatigable Malcolm Hoenlein, the Conference of Presidents of...

Jews in the Heart of Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014 11:26 am

Jews in the Heart of Valentine’s Day

JNS.org – Is the heart of Valentine’s Day thumping to a Jewish beat? Yes, I know...

Valentine’s Day: Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’ February 14, 2014 11:19 am

Valentine’s Day: Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’

JNS.org – On Feb. 14 each year, many Americans attend screenings of “Casablanca,”...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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