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Let My People Go June 11, 2015 9:48 pm

Let My People Go

“This year we are slaves, next year may we be free men.” The ending line of the Passover...

When the Homeland Becomes Home: Israel’s Senior Immigrants June 10, 2015 12:59 pm

When the Homeland Becomes Home: Israel’s Senior Immigrants

JNS.org – Like other Jews his age, Gerry Wine remembers the day Israel was born—May...

Two Jewish Day Schools Receive $50,000 Innovation Grants June 9, 2015 12:51 pm

Two Jewish Day Schools Receive $50,000 Innovation Grants

JNS.org – Two Jewish day schools have been awarded $50,000 apiece by the Jewish Education...

After Considering Suicide, Jewish Author Shows Another Way Forward June 9, 2015 10:56 am

After Considering Suicide, Jewish Author Shows Another Way Forward

JNS.org – It’s a bold statement. But it is one that Jewish author John Shuchart...

IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base June 2, 2015 1:43 pm

IDF Rescinds Punishment for Soldier Who Brought Ham Sandwich on Base

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has rescinded a punishment levied against...

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes May 29, 2015 5:37 pm

Do Jews Have a Color Problem? Sadly, Yes

Usually when I visit friends in Israel, we discuss the situation in Israel. But this time,...

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values May 29, 2015 5:24 pm

The Houston Flood, Jewish Values, and Human Values

JNS.org – As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating...

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps May 29, 2015 5:16 pm

New Initiative Helps Fund Jewish Summer Camps

JNS.org – For those who attended the Jewish camps of the previous generation, summertime...

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews May 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Study on Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a major charity dedicated to finding a cure to Parkinson’s...

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones May 26, 2015 6:55 am

At ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ Israeli Center Seeks More Women’s Advancement Milestones

JNS.org – The controversy surrounding Israel’s complex framework of laws relating...

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds May 21, 2015 10:42 am

Bridging the Gap Year: Hevruta Program Forges Israeli-American Bonds

JNS.org – Eighteen-year-olds have a habit of forming close, family-like relationships...

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel May 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Record Number of French Jews to Visit Israel With Taglit-Birthright Israel

A historic number of young French Jewish adults will be arriving in Israel this summer with...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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