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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...

Two Jewish Day Schools Receive $50,000 Innovation Grants June 9, 2015 12:51 pm

Two Jewish Day Schools Receive $50,000 Innovation Grants

JNS.org – Two Jewish day schools have been awarded $50,000 apiece by the Jewish Education...

After Considering Suicide, Jewish Author Shows Another Way Forward June 9, 2015 10:56 am

After Considering Suicide, Jewish Author Shows Another Way Forward

JNS.org – It’s a bold statement. But it is one that Jewish author John Shuchart...

IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base June 2, 2015 1:43 pm

IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has rescinded a punishment levied against...

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes May 29, 2015 5:37 pm

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes

Usually when I visit friends in Israel, we discuss the situation in Israel. But this time,...

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values May 29, 2015 5:24 pm

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values

JNS.org – As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating...

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps May 29, 2015 5:16 pm

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps

JNS.org – For those who attended the Jewish camps of the previous generation, summertime...

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews May 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a major charity dedicated to finding a cure to Parkinson’s...

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones May 26, 2015 6:55 am

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones

JNS.org – The controversy surrounding Israel’s complex framework of laws relating...

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds May 21, 2015 10:42 am

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds

JNS.org – Eighteen-year-olds have a habit of forming close, family-like relationships...

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel May 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel

A historic number of young French Jewish adults will be arriving in Israel this summer with...

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon May 20, 2015 12:15 pm

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon

JNS.org – If when you think the history of whiskey in the U.S. your mind conjures...

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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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