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Major Jewish-Themed Films Reimagined in New Cinematic Concert December 24, 2013 1:37 am

Major Jewish-Themed Films Reimagined in New Cinematic Concert

JNS.org – Clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer’s new project takes listeners on...

Deck the Halls with Boughs of… Lieberman? December 18, 2013 10:27 am

Deck the Halls with Boughs of… Lieberman?

JNS.org – High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Chuck Lieberman...

‎American Jewish Establishment Must Do More to Embrace Russian Jews December 16, 2013 1:02 am

‎American Jewish Establishment Must Do More to Embrace Russian Jews

I spent the weekend at a Russian-Jewish Shabbaton on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and...

John Kerry, Members of Congress Praise Joint Distribution Committee at its Centennial December 13, 2013 11:28 am

John Kerry, Members of Congress Praise Joint Distribution Committee at its Centennial

JNS.org - WASHINGTON—On John Kerry’s first visit to Israel in 1986, he toured a bomb...

‎New Study Claims Arab Population in Israel is Shrinking December 12, 2013 10:23 am

‎New Study Claims Arab Population in Israel is Shrinking

A newly published study shows that the Arab population in Israel’s region is constantly...

Vice President Biden Announces Special Envoy to Support Holocaust Survivors December 11, 2013 4:45 pm

Vice President Biden Announces Special Envoy to Support Holocaust Survivors

JNS.org – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that the White House is appointing...

‘Rabbi Rocketpower:’ The Superman of the Jewish Holidays December 11, 2013 12:25 pm

‘Rabbi Rocketpower:’ The Superman of the Jewish Holidays

JNS.org – Superman was created by two Jews (writer Jerry Siegel and artist...

20th-Century American Music Owed Much to Jewish Artists December 10, 2013 2:28 pm

20th-Century American Music Owed Much to Jewish Artists

JNS.org – Discuss these names—Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Benny...

At South Africa Synagogue, Attendance for Mandela Memorial Tops High Holidays December 9, 2013 12:35 pm

At South Africa Synagogue, Attendance for Mandela Memorial Tops High Holidays

As many around the world turned out at the weekend for memorial services to honor the iconic...

Holocaust Survivor Breaks 70-Year Silence to Tell of Young Friend Experimented Upon by Mengele at Auschwitz (VIDEO) December 6, 2013 2:01 pm

Holocaust Survivor Breaks 70-Year Silence to Tell of Young Friend Experimented Upon by Mengele at Auschwitz (VIDEO)

Auschwitz survivor Iby Knill, 90, ended 70 years of silence to keep a promise she made on...

Bike Tours Offer New Way to See Jerusalem December 5, 2013 10:51 am

Bike Tours Offer New Way to See Jerusalem

JNS.org – JERUSALEM—What kind of ground can you cover in three hours in Jerusalem? Start...

‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Approaching 50th Anniversary, is Strong as Ever December 4, 2013 3:09 pm

‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Approaching 50th Anniversary, is Strong as Ever

JNS.org - Worldwide performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” attest to its cultural power,...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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