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Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel May 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel

A historic number of young French Jewish adults will be arriving in Israel this summer with...

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon May 20, 2015 12:15 pm

The Atlantic Investigates the Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon

JNS.org – If when you think the history of whiskey in the U.S. your mind conjures...

Thousands of Israelis Celebrate Jerusalem Day May 18, 2015 2:09 pm

Thousands of Israelis Celebrate Jerusalem Day

Thousands of Israelis poured into the streets of Jerusalem on Sunday to celebrate the annual...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    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 rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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