Jewish Identity

Sometimes in Unexpected Locations, Jewish Food Festivals Unite History and Culture June 20, 2014 3:47 pm

Sometimes in Unexpected Locations, Jewish Food Festivals Unite History and Culture

JNS.org -Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America,...

Hundreds of Bnei Menashe From India Arriving in Israel June 20, 2014 3:30 pm

Hundreds of Bnei Menashe From India Arriving in Israel

Forty-three members of the Lost Tribe of Bnei Menashe arrived yesterday in Israel. The new...

Jewish Health: Weight Gain and the Latest Sweetener June 17, 2014 11:40 am

Jewish Health: Weight Gain and the Latest Sweetener

The FDA has approved yet another artificial sweetener to place in our sodas, sweets, ices,...

Attending a Satmar Bar Mitzvah Celebration June 17, 2014 10:44 am

Attending a Satmar Bar Mitzvah Celebration

A friend, Herman Friedman, invited me to attend the bar mitzvah celebration of his son, and...

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews June 12, 2014 4:18 pm

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews

JNS.org – Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that the Taglit-Birthright Israel...

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change June 12, 2014 3:37 pm

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change

Over the past few weeks, the increasing bipolarity of Jewish attitudes towards Israel has...

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit June 9, 2014 1:18 pm

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit

JNS.org – An interesting article in The Atlantic explores the influence that Jews have...

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany June 6, 2014 7:35 am

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany

The following is a speech I delivered as Dinner Chair of the sixth annual Russian-American...

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book June 6, 2014 1:47 am

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book

JNS.org – The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried,...

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community June 2, 2014 12:53 pm

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community

JNS.org – During the same weekend, the fatal shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels...

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own May 29, 2014 10:57 am

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own

JERUSALEM – There are some 5,600 lone soldiers currently serving in the IDF, 60% of...

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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