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Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik: Don’t Be Ashamed to Voice Support for Israel December 17, 2015 8:07 am

Jewish Actress Mayim Bialik: Don’t Be Ashamed to Voice Support for Israel

Actress Mayim Bialik urged Israel-backers not to be apologetic in voicing their support...

National Jewish Community Relations Umbrella Names New CEO December 11, 2015 1:12 pm

National Jewish Community Relations Umbrella Names New CEO

JNS.org – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), an umbrella organization representing...

Paris Attacks Shed Light on Aliyah in Good Times and Bad November 19, 2015 7:38 am

Paris Attacks Shed Light on Aliyah in Good Times and Bad

JNS.org – Thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to express...

62-Year-Old Singer Michael Bolton Celebrates Impromptu ‘Bar Mitzvah’ at Western Wall November 18, 2015 2:49 pm

62-Year-Old Singer Michael Bolton Celebrates Impromptu ‘Bar Mitzvah’ at Western Wall

American singer songwriter Michael Bolton was spontaneously bar mitzvahed at the Western Wall...

Style Icon Wants Jewish Designer to Replace Dior Creative Director Fired for Antisemitic Tirade November 11, 2015 3:18 pm

Style Icon Wants Jewish Designer to Replace Dior Creative Director Fired for Antisemitic Tirade

Fashion icon Fern Mallis has suggested that a Jewish designer would be an appropriate choice...

Report: Actress Zooey Deschanel Converted to Judaism Before Tying the Knot November 10, 2015 2:00 pm

Report: Actress Zooey Deschanel Converted to Judaism Before Tying the Knot

Actress Zooey Deschanel converted to Judaism before marrying Jewish producer Jacob Pechenik...

Shock Jock Howard Stern’s Orthodox Daughter Hosts Shabbat Dinners on Friday Nights November 9, 2015 4:07 pm

Shock Jock Howard Stern’s Orthodox Daughter Hosts Shabbat Dinners on Friday Nights

Instead of participating in New York City’s vibrant nightlife scene, controversial radio...

Eichmann Daughter-in-Law Defends Nazi’s Holocaust Actions, Leaves Mayor Race October 26, 2015 4:28 pm

Eichmann Daughter-in-Law Defends Nazi’s Holocaust Actions, Leaves Mayor Race

JNS.org – Carmen Bretin Lindemann, a daughter-in-law of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann,...

1,300 Israeli Americans Attend Group’s Second National Conference October 23, 2015 12:19 pm

1,300 Israeli Americans Attend Group’s Second National Conference

JNS.org – The fast-growing Israeli American Council (IAC) recently drew 1,300 Israeli...

In ‘Holy Flash Mob,’ Shabbat Project Rallies 5,000 Partners Across 500 Cities October 14, 2015 10:20 am

In ‘Holy Flash Mob,’ Shabbat Project Rallies 5,000 Partners Across 500 Cities

JNS.org – Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks,...

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...

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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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