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Ukrainian Jews Fleeing War Arrive in Israel in Time for Passover March 25, 2015 8:44 am

Ukrainian Jews Fleeing War Arrive in Israel in Time for Passover

With one week to go before Passover, 110 new Ukrainian immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday morning,...

J Street U Students March on Hillel March 24, 2015 8:09 am

J Street U Students March on Hillel

JNS.org – WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, nearly 500 college students attending the...

What Israel’s Election Really Reveals About the Jewish State March 24, 2015 7:55 am

What Israel’s Election Really Reveals About the Jewish State

A saying attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt states that small minds discuss people, average...

India’s Modi Tweets Netanyahu in Hebrew, Showing Strong Indo-Israeli Ties March 20, 2015 11:33 am

India’s Modi Tweets Netanyahu in Hebrew, Showing Strong Indo-Israeli Ties

After Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...

Swarthmore Hillel Drops ‘Hillel’ Name After Disagreement on Pro-BDS Speakers March 19, 2015 7:07 am

Swarthmore Hillel Drops ‘Hillel’ Name After Disagreement on Pro-BDS Speakers

JNS.org – The Hillel chapter at Swarthmore College voted to drop “Hillel”...

Jewish Community in Wales ‘Feeling Vulnerable’ Following Record-Breaking Antisemitism in Britain March 19, 2015 1:58 am

Jewish Community in Wales ‘Feeling Vulnerable’ Following Record-Breaking Antisemitism in Britain

The Jewish community in Wales, UK is dwindling in number and its members are feeling vulnerable...

Why is the Jewish Communal Fund Allowing Grants to NIF? March 12, 2015 7:48 am

Why is the Jewish Communal Fund Allowing Grants to NIF?

The Jewish Communal Fund (JCF) is the largest Jewish donor-advised fund in the United States,...

Response to Oklahoma SAE’s Racist Chant Highlights Lack of Response to Campus Antisemitism March 11, 2015 2:35 pm

Response to Oklahoma SAE’s Racist Chant Highlights Lack of Response to Campus Antisemitism

JNS.org – The controversy surrounding the video of the racist chant made by members...

MBA Matchmakers: InsideIL Connects Business Students With Israeli Internships March 9, 2015 11:40 am

MBA Matchmakers: InsideIL Connects Business Students With Israeli Internships

JNS.org – It’s no secret that business moguls such as Warren Buffett and Bill...

Kosher Conundrum: If Water Doesn’t Need Certification, Why Have the Symbol? March 5, 2015 12:15 pm

Kosher Conundrum: If Water Doesn’t Need Certification, Why Have the Symbol?

JNS.org – A new brand of bottled water recently hit grocery store shelves, and its...

The Lessons of Purim and Iran March 4, 2015 4:53 pm

The Lessons of Purim and Iran

“Do not think that you will escape [the fate of] all the Jews by being in the king’s...

Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat March 1, 2015 1:25 am

Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to...

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  • Relationships Yossi Vardi Credits Pushy Jewish Mother for His Startup Success

    Yossi Vardi Credits Pushy Jewish Mother for His Startup Success

    Millionaire entrepreneur Yossi Vardi credited his success in start-ups to his Jewish mother continuously pushing him to do better, Daily Mail reported on Thursday. “Jewish mothers are never satisfied and nothing is ever good enough,” he said, adding that his mother, who died 15 years ago, used to compare him with his cousins and say he was “an idiot.” “For most of my life I have been trying to show her I’m not,” he continued. “I keep on trying even now.” Vardi, […]

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  • Theater US & Canada Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO)

    Seth Rogen Unveils New Christmas Movie — ‘Will Open on Thanksgiving, Made by Jews’ (VIDEO)

    Famed actor Seth Rogen on Tuesday unveiled with typical comic fanfare the trailer for his new Christmas film. The movie “was made by Jews… and opens on Thanksgiving,” Rogen pointed out on Twitter. The Night Before tells the tale of three “ride or die homies” celebrating one last debauchery-filled Christmas Eve reunion before they become too busy to keep up their annual tradition. In an effort to make the night as memorable as possible, they set out to find the “Nutcracka Ball – the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

    Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

    A June 2015 art exhibit, “The Transformative Power of Art,” at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, harnessed the universal language of art to convey an important message: “Our fragile Mother Earth faces the devastating consequences of climate change, a defining challenge of our time.” The exhibit also included sixteen portraits of people from all over the world who have “contributed to the common good of humanity in one way or another and have transformed the way we […]

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag

    Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag

    A 32-year-old Circassian Israeli Muslim Mixed Martial Arts fighter from Abu Ghosh says he takes pride in fighting under the Israeli flag, Israel’s Walla reported on Sunday. Like most Circassian Israelis, Jackie “the Punishment” Gosh was born Sunni Muslim. He became observant about eight years ago, and is now scrupulous in following his religion’s tenets, praying five times a day and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Gosh is also very proud of his Israeli nationality, and sees no contradiction between […]

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  • Israel Music New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Mark Skinner Documentary Explores Jewish, Arab Rap Scene in Israel (VIDEO)

    A new documentary explores the lives and work of Jewish and Arab rappers in Israel and how the ongoing conflict in the region has impacted their lyrics, the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday. Hip Hop in the Holy Land is a six-part series co-directed by Mike Skinner, the British frontman of hip-hop group The Streets, and produced by Noisey, a music channel published by Vice news. The first episode, published last week, shows Skinner meeting with Tamer Nafar, the founder of one of […]

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  • Sports US & Canada 49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

    49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

    New 49ers running back and Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne apologized on Wednesday for a tweet in which he raised the age-old myth that Jews were historically responsible for Jesus Christ’s death. Reaching out to his Jewish fans, and the chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Hayne tweeted: “To the Jewish community @DvirAbramovich #WeAreAllOne.” Underneath, he keenly included a screenshot of a text message to elaborate on his apology: “I sincerely apologize for my tweets on July 1. I […]

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  • Theater Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Recalls Being ‘Extremely Surprised’ at Winning Miss Israel Contest

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot reminisced about her childhood in Israel during an interview published in this month’s edition of Vanity Fair. “I don’t remember this, but my mom told me that when I was three they threw a party on the rooftop of the house. They put me to bed, and I heard people coming into the house and no one came to me. I went to the rooftop and took a hose and I started to spray water on everyone, just […]

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  • Blogs Features Wounded Israeli Soldiers Unite With American Veterans to Help Their ‘Brothers for Life’ Heal (INTERVIEW)

    Wounded Israeli Soldiers Unite With American Veterans to Help Their ‘Brothers for Life’ Heal (INTERVIEW)

    An Israeli organization is helping wounded U.S. veterans move past their physical and psychological challenges by connecting them with injured Israeli soldiers who understand what they’ve been through. “What we discovered very early is that there’s no ‘professional, psychiatrist, social worker’ or anything like that [or] pills that can come even close to helping a soldier who fought in combat, who was wounded, who lost his friends. No one can help him like another person who’s been through exactly what he has,” Rabbi Chaim Levine, […]

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