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What I Owe Jerusalem May 15, 2015 1:14 pm

What I Owe Jerusalem

I arrived in Jerusalem from New York in July 1977, 10 years after the Six-Day War, and three...

A Student Named Greenberg Has a ‘Koufax Moment’ (VIDEO) May 15, 2015 1:07 pm

A Student Named Greenberg Has a ‘Koufax Moment’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – In 1965, legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax opted not...

Jerusalem Day Statistics Reveal Israeli Capital’s Progress, But Room for Growth May 13, 2015 1:04 pm

Jerusalem Day Statistics Reveal Israeli Capital’s Progress, But Room for Growth

JNS.org – May 17 marks Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) in Israel, a national holiday...

Pew Survey: Judaism Rises With Christianity’s Decline, But Not as Fast as Islam May 13, 2015 10:22 am

Pew Survey: Judaism Rises With Christianity’s Decline, But Not as Fast as Islam

JNS.org – The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape...

Study Shows High Jewish Engagement for Alumni of OU Teen Israel Experience May 13, 2015 12:27 am

Study Shows High Jewish Engagement for Alumni of OU Teen Israel Experience

JNS.org – A newly released study reveals that non-Orthodox participants of an Orthodox...

Pro-Israel Advocates Should Stand Up and Support Ted Cruz’s Gay Host May 12, 2015 3:24 pm

Pro-Israel Advocates Should Stand Up and Support Ted Cruz’s Gay Host

Something disturbing recently happened that slipped right past pro-Israel advocates. Mati...

Why Won’t Jewish Leaders Fight BDS? May 12, 2015 7:31 am

Why Won’t Jewish Leaders Fight BDS?

Press reports about the dinner in Washington last week honoring Abe Foxman’s 50 years...

The Jewish Connection to Lampedusa May 11, 2015 2:57 pm

The Jewish Connection to Lampedusa

Lampedusa, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily, has been in the news in Europe lately....

How to Effectively Fight for Israel on College Campuses May 7, 2015 11:29 am

How to Effectively Fight for Israel on College Campuses

In today’s world of lightning-fast news updates, Twitter stump speeches, and morose...

Number of Eastern European Jews Making Aliyah Sees Dramatic Increase Over Past Year May 7, 2015 11:02 am

Number of Eastern European Jews Making Aliyah Sees Dramatic Increase Over Past Year

The Jewish Agency for Israel said in a new report that immigration to Israel (Aliyah) from...

Remembering the Work of Soviet Jewish Activists May 6, 2015 11:12 am

Remembering the Work of Soviet Jewish Activists

Last week, I was deeply saddened to learn that Volodya Slepak passed away. A week earlier...

Are Jews Republicans or Democrats? Who Cares? May 5, 2015 10:22 am

Are Jews Republicans or Democrats? Who Cares?

As we head into the 2016 presidential election season, there’s a plethora of noise about...

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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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