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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...

Will Israel Make Use of Nazi Slurs and Symbols Punishable by Law? April 23, 2014 9:26 am

Will Israel Make Use of Nazi Slurs and Symbols Punishable by Law?

JNS.org – There’s little doubt that U.S. native MK Rabbi Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid)...

‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders April 18, 2014 3:28 pm

‘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...

In Ukraine, Caring for Caregivers April 18, 2014 3:13 pm

In Ukraine, Caring for Caregivers

JNS.org – My first visit to Odessa—the “pearl of the Black Sea”—was in the...

The Passover Pop Playlist April 17, 2014 1:52 am

The Passover Pop Playlist

JNS.org – “In every generation, one is obligated to see himself as if he had personally...

Kitniyot Among Few Remaining Strands of Ashkenazi-Sephardi Difference in Israel April 17, 2014 1:50 am

Kitniyot Among Few Remaining Strands of Ashkenazi-Sephardi Difference in Israel

JNS.org – Israel is a country that has spent more than six decades weaving the two formerly...

Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’ April 17, 2014 1:48 am

Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year...

Passover, Anti-Semitism, and Rising Above Hate April 11, 2014 11:16 am

Passover, Anti-Semitism, and Rising Above Hate

In 419 BCE, the Persian king Darius issued a decree concerning the Jewish garrison at Elephantine...

Belsize Square Synagogue Celebrates 75th Anniversary April 10, 2014 9:52 am

Belsize Square Synagogue Celebrates 75th Anniversary

March in the 1930s was a fateful time in Germany. On March 22, 1933, almost as soon as he...

Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas April 9, 2014 7:20 am

Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically,...

Exploring My New Polish Identity April 8, 2014 2:08 pm

Exploring My New Polish Identity

In 2009, my elder two daughters both had plans to move to western Europe, so they asked me...

China’s Ancient Jewish Community Returning to Roots to Celebrate Passover April 8, 2014 1:16 pm

China’s Ancient Jewish Community Returning to Roots to Celebrate Passover

JNS.org – China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional...

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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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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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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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