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When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW) February 23, 2015 3:15 pm

When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at...

Scandinavian Nations Grapple With Radical Islam and Antisemitism After Denmark Attacks (VIDEO) February 20, 2015 10:53 am

Scandinavian Nations Grapple With Radical Islam and Antisemitism After Denmark Attacks (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Last Sunday, terrorist Omar El-Hussein fired shots outside a Copenhagen...

‘Forward’ Editor Wins Journalism Prize for Editorial on Conversion to Judaism February 20, 2015 10:45 am

‘Forward’ Editor Wins Journalism Prize for Editorial on Conversion to Judaism

JNS.org – Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward, was announced as the winner...

Memoirs of a Soviet Jewish Activist (REVIEW) February 20, 2015 10:37 am

Memoirs of a Soviet Jewish Activist (REVIEW)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the mass immigration of Jews from the former Soviet...

Does Rihanna’s Latest Beau Fast on Yom Kippur? February 19, 2015 4:54 pm

Does Rihanna’s Latest Beau Fast on Yom Kippur?

Rihanna’s rumored new boyfriend is a Jewish nightclub owner who admitted he has been...

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...

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,”...

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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  • Blogs Sports Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals

    Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals

    JNS.org – The people who sat in seats one and two of row 12, section 120 at Quicken Loans Arena during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night weren’t your ordinary Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Tomer Hulli and his father, Eli, made the trip from Israel to attend games 3 and 4 in Cleveland. Tomer, who lives in Tzur Moshe, a 25-minute drive north of Tel Aviv, has been playing basketball since he was 5. Hulli said he didn’t plan this […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

    Bon Jovi Signs Contract to Perform in Israel

    JNS.org – The American rock band Bon Jovi signed a contract in Germany that officially commits it to perform in Israel on Oct. 3, the concert’s producers announced at a press conference. The move marks the latest defeat for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement activists seeking to convince musicians not to perform in the Jewish state. Bon Jovi’s performance in Israel for the final show of its Asian concert tour is the result of an effort by Guy Besser and Shay Mor Yosef of BlueStone Productions, in cooperation with promoter Marcel […]

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