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Reflections on the Jewish Federations’ Solidarity Mission to Paris February 18, 2015 9:18 am

Reflections on the Jewish Federations’ Solidarity Mission to Paris

JNS.org – My early days as a Jewish Federation professional came at a time when our...

Obama’s Shameless Jewish Cheerleaders February 17, 2015 3:23 pm

Obama’s Shameless Jewish Cheerleaders

While US President Barack Obama determinedly pursues his policy of appeasement, which may...

Jerusalem Book Fair is a Worldwide Celebration of Books and Literature February 13, 2015 10:38 am

Jerusalem Book Fair is a Worldwide Celebration of Books and Literature

Thousands of books have made their way to Israel’s capital this week, as the Jerusalem International...

Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education February 8, 2015 8:19 pm

Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a...

What Does New Citizenship Law Mean for Portuguese and World Jewry? February 5, 2015 2:31 pm

What Does New Citizenship Law Mean for Portuguese and World Jewry?

JNS.org – Five-hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully...

Saving Informal Jewish Education to Save Ourselves February 2, 2015 3:58 am

Saving Informal Jewish Education to Save Ourselves

JNS.org – As the director of Camp Moshava, a religious Zionist camp in the Bnei Akiva...

Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education January 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Initiative Gives Synagogues, JCCs ‘Toolbox’ to Boost Early Childhood Education

JNS.org - A growing multi-denominational effort dubbed “BUILDing Jewish ECE,” led by...

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years January 27, 2015 5:12 am

Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz to Mark 70 Years

AUSCHWITZ, POLAND – Fifteen Auschwitz survivors, aged 80-94, recently returned to the...

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward January 23, 2015 3:17 pm

Journey From the Battlefield: Israeli Non-Profit Helps IDF Soldiers Move Forward

Five months ago, Nufar Gross was on the battlefield treating wounded soldiers. The 33-year-old...

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe January 22, 2015 11:19 am

New Study Reveals Rise of Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe

JNS.org – A newly published study titled “White Papers of Hate” reveals the concerning...

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages January 22, 2015 11:14 am

For Israeli Families Bereaved by Gaza War, a ‘Lonely Journey’ is Still in its Early Stages

JNS.org – “There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him. That I don’t think...

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program January 21, 2015 12:01 am

Israeli Government, StandWithUs Partner on New ‘Social Media Ambassadors’ Program

JNS.org - The Israel education organization StandWithUs and the National Information Directorate of...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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