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J Street’s Phony Martyrdom May 9, 2014 1:28 am

J Street’s Phony Martyrdom

Despite widespread predictions to the contrary, J Street failed dismally to gain admission...

Donald Sterling Is Pathetic, But He Doesn’t Speak for Jews May 8, 2014 11:03 am

Donald Sterling Is Pathetic, But He Doesn’t Speak for Jews

JNS.org - My husband isn’t a sports fan, so I was surprised when he started talking basketball. He...

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz May 7, 2014 5:10 pm

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz

This year’s International Bible Quiz winner is Eitan Amos from Toronto, Canada. The 18-year-old,...

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel! May 7, 2014 4:40 pm

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel!

For many nations, a 66th birthday may not generate much excitement. But if the country happens...

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774 May 7, 2014 12:14 am

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774

As we experienced the double days of Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (the memorial day for Israel’s...

Christian Messages of Love for Israel May 6, 2014 1:07 pm

Christian Messages of Love for Israel

When I was growing up, I knew that there were individuals – and even entire countries –...

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined May 6, 2014 9:25 am

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined

JNS.org – The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced a new version of its charity-collecting pushke—the...

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid May 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid

There were very good reasons why the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

The Top 10 Guardians of the Jewish People April 30, 2014 1:58 am

The Top 10 Guardians of the Jewish People

With the Passover holiday behind us, and Jews having celebrated our symbolic freedom, I wanted...

Israel is a Hub for Diversity April 30, 2014 12:38 am

Israel is a Hub for Diversity

One of the most misunderstood things about Israel is the fact that it fosters diversity and...

Pre Yom Hashoah Report: Sharp Increase in Anti-Semitism in 2013 April 29, 2014 12:59 am

Pre Yom Hashoah Report: Sharp Increase in Anti-Semitism in 2013

An annual report on anti-Semitism worldwide during 2013 was released just ahead of Yom Hashoah,...

Shooting Exposes ‘Glitches’ in Kansas City Jewish Community’s Security Plan April 24, 2014 1:55 pm

Shooting Exposes ‘Glitches’ in Kansas City Jewish Community’s Security Plan

JNS.org – The recent deadly shooting in the parking lots of two Jewish facilities...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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