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At Jerusalem Film Festival, New Year Brings New Kind of Drama July 23, 2015 7:10 am

At Jerusalem Film Festival, New Year Brings New Kind of Drama

JNS.org – In July 2014 in Jerusalem, sirens over the city at the beginning of the...

Will ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ Verdict Resonate for Present Dangers like Iran? July 20, 2015 8:18 am

Will ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ Verdict Resonate for Present Dangers like Iran?

JNS.0rg – Oskar Groening, 94, known as the “bookkeeper” or “accountant” of...

The Diverse Faces Aboard the 53rd Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Flight July 20, 2015 7:52 am

The Diverse Faces Aboard the 53rd Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Flight

JNS.org – “We will be a part of something so big—it is unthinkable to me,”...

At Jerusalem Genealogy Confab, Passion for Past Unites Experts and Novices July 17, 2015 11:58 am

At Jerusalem Genealogy Confab, Passion for Past Unites Experts and Novices

JNS.org – Young folks with backpacks slung over shoulders, middle-aged Americans in...

Israeli Outreach Group Wants Anglos to Feel at Home in the Jewish Homeland July 17, 2015 11:52 am

Israeli Outreach Group Wants Anglos to Feel at Home in the Jewish Homeland

JNS.org – “Israel needs to be a more welcoming place for all Jews,” says Rabbi...

Tomorrow I Make Aliyah July 16, 2015 2:18 am

Tomorrow I Make Aliyah

JNS.org – Tomorrow, I make aliyah. The next day, I become an Israeli citizen. And...

90-Year-Old Woman ‘Going Home,’ Makes Aliyah July 13, 2015 2:08 pm

90-Year-Old Woman ‘Going Home,’ Makes Aliyah

JNS.org – Susan Friedman proves that it’s never too late to be a pioneer. At the...

Jerusalem Film Workshop Features Oscar Nominees July 13, 2015 1:44 pm

Jerusalem Film Workshop Features Oscar Nominees

The Jerusalem Film Workshop announced that its recently opened 2015 summer program will include...

The Theocracy of Israel’s Rabbinate July 10, 2015 1:36 pm

The Theocracy of Israel’s Rabbinate

I have always felt that in a democracy, it should not be the role of a state to impose personal...

Natalie Portman Says She is ‘Grateful’ for Her Israeli Roots — ‘I Never Questioned My Identity’ July 9, 2015 3:45 pm

Natalie Portman Says She is ‘Grateful’ for Her Israeli Roots — ‘I Never Questioned My Identity’

Famed actress Natalie Portman said she takes pride in having Israeli roots, in a new cover...

Popular Jewish Radio Show Raises Awareness for Houston Flood Recovery July 9, 2015 12:59 pm

Popular Jewish Radio Show Raises Awareness for Houston Flood Recovery

JNS.org – The late-May flood in Houston, which damaged about 500 Jewish homes and three...

Jews Who Harass Christians? Not in Our Name July 3, 2015 7:04 am

Jews Who Harass Christians? Not in Our Name

Recent reports that some Charedi Jews disrupted a Christian mass on Mount Zion really upset...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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