Jewish Identity

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz May 7, 2014 5:10 pm

First Canadian Teen Wins International Bible Quiz

This year’s International Bible Quiz winner is Eitan Amos from Toronto, Canada. The 18-year-old,...

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel! May 7, 2014 4:40 pm

Wishing a Happy 66th Birthday to Israel!

For many nations, a 66th birthday may not generate much excitement. But if the country happens...

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774 May 7, 2014 12:14 am

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774

As we experienced the double days of Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (the memorial day for Israel’s...

Christian Messages of Love for Israel May 6, 2014 1:07 pm

Christian Messages of Love for Israel

When I was growing up, I knew that there were individuals – and even entire countries –...

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined May 6, 2014 9:25 am

Jewish National Fund’s ‘Blue Box’ Reimagined

JNS.org – The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced a new version of its charity-collecting pushke—the...

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid May 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Conference of Presidents Had Good Reasons to Reject the Extremist Group J-Street’s Bid

There were very good reasons why the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

The Top 10 Guardians of the Jewish People April 30, 2014 1:58 am

The Top 10 Guardians of the Jewish People

With the Passover holiday behind us, and Jews having celebrated our symbolic freedom, I wanted...

Israel is a Hub for Diversity April 30, 2014 12:38 am

Israel is a Hub for Diversity

One of the most misunderstood things about Israel is the fact that it fosters diversity and...

Pre Yom Hashoah Report: Sharp Increase in Anti-Semitism in 2013 April 29, 2014 12:59 am

Pre Yom Hashoah Report: Sharp Increase in Anti-Semitism in 2013

An annual report on anti-Semitism worldwide during 2013 was released just ahead of Yom Hashoah,...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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