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Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs October 13, 2014 7:32 am

Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two...

Sarah Silverman Mocks Chasidic Jews on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (VIDEO) October 7, 2014 3:37 pm

Sarah Silverman Mocks Chasidic Jews on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (VIDEO)

Comedian Sarah Silverman poked fun at Chasidic Jews and their choice of garb during her opening...

New York Girl Posts Craigslist Ad Seeking ‘Jewish Fall Boyfriend’ to Share High Holidays With October 7, 2014 12:16 pm

New York Girl Posts Craigslist Ad Seeking ‘Jewish Fall Boyfriend’ to Share High Holidays With

A New York-based woman recently posted an ad on Craigslist saying she is in need of a “nice...

Yom Kippur: How Deep is Your Soul? October 3, 2014 2:24 pm

Yom Kippur: How Deep is Your Soul?

You at Your Best On Yom Kippur your core soul — your very essence — is laid...

Quotes on the Meaning of Yom Kippur October 3, 2014 12:05 am

Quotes on the Meaning of Yom Kippur

Friday night marks the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – Yom Kippur, which means the...

Why is Chicago Jewish Group Supporting Anti-Israel Activist on College Campus? October 2, 2014 1:00 am

Why is Chicago Jewish Group Supporting Anti-Israel Activist on College Campus?

A major American university is currently hosting a visiting novelist who says that Israel...

Why I Want to Work on Behalf of Israel September 29, 2014 7:34 am

Why I Want to Work on Behalf of Israel

It was a pleasant day this past summer, until I heard the news. Three Israeli boys — Naftali...

Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5775 September 24, 2014 5:07 pm

Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5775

As we mark the end of another year with the advent of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,...

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism September 23, 2014 12:58 pm

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – Despite the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe in the wake of Operation...

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative September 22, 2014 1:51 pm

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative

JNS.org - When Noah Slepkov started using online genealogical tools to build a family tree,...

Study Shows Jews Hide Faith in Anti-Semitism-Plagued Europe September 18, 2014 6:57 am

Study Shows Jews Hide Faith in Anti-Semitism-Plagued Europe

JNS.org – Last week the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report showing a...

NEXT Maps the High Holiday Experience for Birthright Alumni September 17, 2014 3:05 pm

NEXT Maps the High Holiday Experience for Birthright Alumni

JNS.org - As the year 5775 approaches on the Jewish calendar, NEXT: A Division of Birthright...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    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 develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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