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The Under-the-Radar Story of Far East Jewry May 14, 2014 10:48 am

The Under-the-Radar Story of Far East Jewry

JNS.org – It was a long trek: 6,000 miles by boat from Central Europe to the Far...

The Spiritual Origins of Jew-Hatred May 13, 2014 2:36 pm

The Spiritual Origins of Jew-Hatred

Without bothering to recount the thousands of years worth of oppression the Jewish People...

Each May, Jewish and American Heritage Collide May 13, 2014 7:21 am

Each May, Jewish and American Heritage Collide

JNS.org – Dr. Gary P. Zola sees an inextricable connection between American Jewish...

J Street Shows Its True Colors on Brandeis Campus May 12, 2014 7:24 am

J Street Shows Its True Colors on Brandeis Campus

On an early Shabbat morning, Daniel Mael was walking back with a friend to his dorm room at Brandeis...

J Street’s Phony Martyrdom May 9, 2014 1:28 am

J Street’s Phony Martyrdom

Despite widespread predictions to the contrary, J Street failed dismally to gain admission...

Donald Sterling Is Pathetic, But He Doesn’t Speak for Jews May 8, 2014 11:03 am

Donald Sterling Is Pathetic, But He Doesn’t Speak for Jews

JNS.org - My husband isn’t a sports fan, so I was surprised when he started talking basketball. He...

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz May 7, 2014 5:10 pm

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz

This year’s International Bible Quiz winner is Eitan Amos from Toronto, Canada. The 18-year-old,...

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel! May 7, 2014 4:40 pm

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel!

For many nations, a 66th birthday may not generate much excitement. But if the country happens...

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774 May 7, 2014 12:14 am

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774

As we experienced the double days of Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (the memorial day for Israel’s...

Christian Messages of Love for Israel May 6, 2014 1:07 pm

Christian Messages of Love for Israel

When I was growing up, I knew that there were individuals – and even entire countries –...

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined May 6, 2014 9:25 am

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined

JNS.org – The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced a new version of its charity-collecting pushke—the...

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid May 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid

There were very good reasons why the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man—in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of [...]

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