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Jewish Identity

In ‘Holy Flash Mob,’ Shabbat Project Rallies 5,000 Partners Across 500 Cities

JNS.org - Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks, and zemirot (Jewish songs). Havdalah. From Oct. 23-24, Jews of all ages, levels...

October 14, 2015 10:20 am

A Welcome and Warning to French Jews

This year's figures for immigration to Israel from France are not yet in, as such statistics are not calculated according to the Hebrew calendar. But around 3,000 French Jews made aliyah during this summer alone. In...

My Non-Birthright Experience with Birthright

JNS.org -  Chances are, if you are Jewish and have a close connection with a young Jewish adult, you have heard of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Most people know it as the “free 10-day trip” to Israel...

Nonkosher Food for Thought

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a three-day visit to Italy. On Thursday, he attended the Israeli pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. As head of the "startup nation," he rightly boasted of Israel's achievements...

August 20, 2015 11:33 am

Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

JNS.org - Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to...

August 20, 2015 11:03 am

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered!

JNS.org - On the rare occasion that I get to talk to people from home (the...

August 19, 2015 4:20 pm

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family

A great-aunt of famed British actress Jane Seymour killed herself after surviving the Holocaust when she...

August 17, 2015 1:13 pm

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin

JNS.org - India is urging tens of thousands of Jews of Indian origin to visit the...

August 17, 2015 6:59 am

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots

A quarter century has passed since Soviet Jews got out of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia,...

October 14, 2015 10:20 am

In ‘Holy Flash Mob,’ Shabbat Project Rallies 5,000 Partners Across 500 Cities

JNS.org - Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks, and zemirot (Jewish songs). Havdalah. From Oct. 23-24, Jews of all ages, levels of...

September 11, 2015 11:30 am

A Welcome and Warning to French Jews

This year's figures for immigration to Israel from France are not yet in, as such statistics are not calculated according to the Hebrew calendar. But...

September 11, 2015 5:15 am

My Non-Birthright Experience with Birthright

JNS.org -  Chances are, if you are Jewish and have a close connection with a young Jewish adult, you have heard of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Most...

September 1, 2015 10:21 am

Nonkosher Food for Thought

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a three-day visit to Italy. On Thursday, he attended the Israeli pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. As head...

August 20, 2015 11:33 am

Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

JNS.org - Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve...

August 20, 2015 11:03 am

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Israel – Answered!

JNS.org - On the rare occasion that I get to talk to people from home (the 10-hour time difference is killer), I am often asked about...

August 19, 2015 4:20 pm

Actress Jane Seymour Learns of Great-Aunt Who Committed Suicide After Discovering Nazis Murdered Her Family

A great-aunt of famed British actress Jane Seymour killed herself after surviving the Holocaust when she discovered that the Nazis murdered her husband and two children,...

August 17, 2015 1:13 pm

India Plans Jewish Heritage Tours for Israelis of Indian Origin

JNS.org - India is urging tens of thousands of Jews of Indian origin to visit the country to explore their heritage, in a bid to help...

August 17, 2015 6:59 am

Soviet Jews Must Look Back to Our True Roots

A quarter century has passed since Soviet Jews got out of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and the eleven other Soviet countries. As soon as the doors...

August 13, 2015 10:37 am

Aliyah Update: Ulpan, Bureaucracy, and Reacting to Jewish Terrorism

JNS.org - It has now been a whole month since my aliyah date, so I thought that this week I’d reflect on the process as a...

August 13, 2015 10:14 am

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

JNS.org - What do basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord have in common? They’re among a group of 25 individuals who have...

August 12, 2015 8:01 am

The Mindset of Progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli Problem’

JNS.org - In the sweltering heat of a Chicago summer, my friend marched outside the South African consulate, protesting apartheid. Years earlier, she had protested Jim...

August 10, 2015 12:50 pm

‘Laughter Heals’ is Message of Unlikely Jewish-Muslim Comedy Act

JNS.org - “Both Jews and Muslims have a lot in common. What are we fighting over? Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork, we don’t celebrate Christmas,...

August 10, 2015 12:45 pm

Meet the Radio Host Behind Israeli Minister’s Reform Judaism Interview Stir

JNS.org - When Israeli Religious Affairs Minister MK David Azoulay (Shas) told Israel’s Army Radio station in July that “a Reform Jew, from the moment he...

Features

After 130 Years, Poughkeepsie’s Jews Get an Eruv

JNS.org - In the rich, nearly 130-year history of the organized Jewish community in Poughkeepsie, NY, pushing a stroller or...

Holocaust Survivors’ Grandchildren Keep Stories Alive With Help of Vast Archives

JNS.org - As the world marks Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) this week, staffers...

World

UC Santa Barbara’s SJP Slammed for Launching BDS Campaign on Holocaust Re...

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) chapter of a notorious anti-Israel group is being slammed by Jewish students for...

Israel

Drone From Syria Enters Israeli Airspace Over Golan Heights, Downed by Patr...

The IDF confirmed on Thursday that Israel fired a Patriot anti-ballistic missile at a target in the Golan Heights, Israel's...

Middle East

Many Foreign Fighters Abandon ISIS, Surrender at Turkish Border

Large numbers of foreign fighters and sympathizers are abandoning Islamic State and trying to enter Turkey, with at least two British nationals and a US citizen joining an exodus that...

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