Jewish Identity

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews June 12, 2014 4:18 pm

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews

JNS.org – Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that the Taglit-Birthright Israel...

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change June 12, 2014 3:37 pm

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change

Over the past few weeks, the increasing bipolarity of Jewish attitudes towards Israel has...

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit June 9, 2014 1:18 pm

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit

JNS.org – An interesting article in The Atlantic explores the influence that Jews have...

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany June 6, 2014 7:35 am

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany

The following is a speech I delivered as Dinner Chair of the sixth annual Russian-American...

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book June 6, 2014 1:47 am

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book

JNS.org – The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried,...

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community June 2, 2014 12:53 pm

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community

JNS.org – During the same weekend, the fatal shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels...

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own May 29, 2014 10:57 am

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own

JERUSALEM – There are some 5,600 lone soldiers currently serving in the IDF, 60% of...

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount May 21, 2014 7:00 am

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount

This past week, within a 24-hour period, I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places...

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate? May 21, 2014 6:58 am

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate?

JNS.org – While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s...

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil May 19, 2014 6:55 am

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil

The once thriving Jewish community of Antakya, Turkey has now dwindled to just 18 members...

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO) May 15, 2014 1:14 pm

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow (who played Phoebe), appearing on the Conan...

More...

  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • 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 [...]

    Read more →
  • 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 [...]

    Read more →
  • 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 [...]

    Read more →
  • 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 [...]

    Read more →
  • 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 [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.