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Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education January 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education

JNS.org - A growing multi-denominational effort dubbed “BUILDing Jewish ECE,” led by...

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years January 27, 2015 5:12 am

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years

AUSCHWITZ, POLAND – Fifteen Auschwitz survivors, aged 80-94, recently returned to the...

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward January 23, 2015 3:17 pm

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward

Five months ago, Nufar Gross was on the battlefield treating wounded soldiers. The 33-year-old...

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe January 22, 2015 11:19 am

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe

JNS.org – A newly published study titled “White Papers of Hate” reveals the concerning...

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages January 22, 2015 11:14 am

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages

JNS.org – “There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him. That I don’t think...

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program January 21, 2015 12:01 am

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program

JNS.org - The Israel education organization StandWithUs and the National Information Directorate of...

Message From Jerusalem: ‘We Support France’ January 19, 2015 12:30 pm

Message From Jerusalem: ‘We Support France’

JERUSALEM – More than 1,000 people took part in a solidarity rally for the French people...

Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals in Israel January 19, 2015 12:25 pm

Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals in Israel

On Tuesday, thousands of Israelis showed their solidarity and sympathy at the funerals of...

Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations January 19, 2015 12:05 pm

Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in...

On Syria, France, and Jewish Education January 13, 2015 3:01 am

On Syria, France, and Jewish Education

A few thoughts on matters concerning Israel and the Jewish people… A new United Nations...

Liberating Theater J From Diva Ari Roth January 2, 2015 1:05 am

Liberating Theater J From Diva Ari Roth

JNS.org - Before the campaign to portray Ari Roth as a martyr to freedom of artistic expression...

Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency? December 25, 2014 1:15 pm

Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency?

A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Observer entitled “B’nai Jeshurun:...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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