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Reform Birthright to Meet the Jewish World’s New, Urgent Need December 10, 2014 4:04 pm

Reform Birthright to Meet the Jewish World’s New, Urgent Need

The rise in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities in academia begs for an effective strategy...

Telling the Truth About Israel on College Campuses December 5, 2014 12:47 am

Telling the Truth About Israel on College Campuses

On Wednesday night, my son Mendy held a demonstration inside an event held by the Students...

Israeli Teens Increasingly Targeted by Online Anti-Semitism, Poll Says December 3, 2014 11:48 am

Israeli Teens Increasingly Targeted by Online Anti-Semitism, Poll Says

JNS.org – Nearly 83 percent of Jewish Israeli teenagers encounter online anti-Semitism,...

Online Service Matches Families With Affordable Jewish Summer Camps December 2, 2014 11:48 am

Online Service Matches Families With Affordable Jewish Summer Camps

JNS.org – The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has launched BunkConnect, a new online...

Israeli Border Police Celebrate Birthday With Holocaust Survivor in Jerusalem December 2, 2014 7:59 am

Israeli Border Police Celebrate Birthday With Holocaust Survivor in Jerusalem

Although the Israeli Border Police have been very busy in Jerusalem amid the terrorist attacks...

Why Art Matters to Jews and Humanity December 1, 2014 8:32 am

Why Art Matters to Jews and Humanity

From December 4-7, the “Art Basel” show will be held in Miami Beach. The show...

What Does The American Jewish Committee Do? November 28, 2014 11:21 am

What Does The American Jewish Committee Do?

The American Jewish Committee recently financed a study – after a series of seminars –...

Why Israel Must be a Jewish State November 27, 2014 2:13 pm

Why Israel Must be a Jewish State

Israel’s cabinet has approved legislation to officially define the country as the nation-state...

Yemenite Culture Minister Dedicates Award to Country’s 90 Remaining Jews November 25, 2014 11:20 am

Yemenite Culture Minister Dedicates Award to Country’s 90 Remaining Jews

JNS.org - Yemenite Minister of Culture Arwa Othman is giving away Human Rights Watch’s...

From Preschools to Colleges, Chabad Penetrates Mainstream Jewish Life November 25, 2014 8:16 am

From Preschools to Colleges, Chabad Penetrates Mainstream Jewish Life

JNS.org – The numbers are staggering: 4,202 shluchim (emissary) couples working around...

After Midnight, the (Jewish) Stars Come Out November 20, 2014 1:19 am

After Midnight, the (Jewish) Stars Come Out

JNS.org – From Tevye the dairyman to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine to “Let It...

What Will ADL’s Priorities Be in a Post-Foxman Era? November 18, 2014 3:22 pm

What Will ADL’s Priorities Be in a Post-Foxman Era?

JNS.org - What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community...

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  • Featured Sports World Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    The head of Israel’s soccer association called on his Palestinian counterpart to “join forces,” as the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its bid on Friday to have Israel suspended from FIFA. “Let’s leave it to the politicians to do politics,” said Israel Football Association chief Ofer Eini, moments after PFA Chairman Jibril Rajoub announced that his group had withdrawn the proposal. After his remarks, Eini shook hands with the Palestinian soccer chief. Rajoub thanked “those” who convinced him to drop the [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    JNS.org – An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to [...]

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  • Food US & Canada Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Famed ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s will not be introducing a Bacon flavored product to its offerings because the company intends to keep its entire line kosher, Marketing Director Alison Gilbert told AOL’s morning show Rise recently. “It’s kind of funny, a lot of people look for bacon in our ice cream, which is probably not gonna happen because all of our ice cream is kosher,” she said, referring to Jewish dietary restrictions that proscribe the consumption of pig [...]

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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