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Birthright Division Helps Young Jews Host Creative Passover Seders March 25, 2014 5:21 pm

Birthright Division Helps Young Jews Host Creative Passover Seders

JNS.org - Hundreds of young American Jews will host imaginative and creative Passover seders...

Lacrosse Match Celebrates Purim and St. Patrick’s Day March 25, 2014 12:22 pm

Lacrosse Match Celebrates Purim and St. Patrick’s Day

While you were likely busy celebrating the holiday of Purim, the Village of Bayville, New...

The EU and the Vatican are Allies in Fighting Anti-Semitism March 24, 2014 7:25 am

The EU and the Vatican are Allies in Fighting Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – “It is important that we dedicate ourselves to transmitting to new...

Finding Our Own Garden of Eden (VIDEO) March 20, 2014 7:37 am

Finding Our Own Garden of Eden (VIDEO)

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday of the New Year, corresponds to the sixth day of creation,...

Wadi Atir: A Negev Oasis of Sustainability and Jewish-Bedouin Collaboration March 20, 2014 7:23 am

Wadi Atir: A Negev Oasis of Sustainability and Jewish-Bedouin Collaboration

JNS.org – Ozone depletion, climate change, soil erosion, poverty, starvation, and disease. Those...

Jewish Groups on Both Sides of Hobby Lobby Case March 19, 2014 6:18 am

Jewish Groups on Both Sides of Hobby Lobby Case

JNS.org – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 25 on two prominent cases...

Ahead of Baseball Season, Famed Jewish Executive Remains Out of Hall of Fame March 19, 2014 6:09 am

Ahead of Baseball Season, Famed Jewish Executive Remains Out of Hall of Fame

JNS.org – With another season of “America’s pastime” beginning March 22, famed Jewish...

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Dons Tiger Jumpsuit for Purim March 18, 2014 9:26 am

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Dons Tiger Jumpsuit for Purim

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli delighted her Instagram followers with a peek at her Purim...

The Clown Therapist Who Sees No Borders March 18, 2014 6:40 am

The Clown Therapist Who Sees No Borders

Reuven Singer can often be seen wearing two very different uniforms that seem worlds apart. The...

Researcher Discovers Genetic Mutation in Moroccan Jews That Leads to Crippling Disease March 14, 2014 12:08 pm

Researcher Discovers Genetic Mutation in Moroccan Jews That Leads to Crippling Disease

JNS.org - Imagine that your child is born seemingly normal, but by age 1 or 2 her or she...

The Start-Up Nation Concept Represents Modern Zionism March 13, 2014 1:15 am

The Start-Up Nation Concept Represents Modern Zionism

The great book Start-Up Nation by Saul Singer and Dan Senor, which describes the amazing...

As IDF Service Controversy Swirls, Charedi Entrepreneurship Thrives in Beit Shemesh March 13, 2014 12:34 am

As IDF Service Controversy Swirls, Charedi Entrepreneurship Thrives in Beit Shemesh

JNS.org – Amid the buzz surrounding issues of religious-secular tension—such as...

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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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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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