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Yad Vashem Opens Two Online Sports Exhibits Prior to Olympics August 4, 2016 6:47 am

Yad Vashem Opens Two Online Sports Exhibits Prior to Olympics

This week, as the sports world focuses on Rio de Janeiro, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust...

Boston Publisher of ‘Mein Kampf’ to Donate Proceeds to Holocaust Survivors June 30, 2016 1:10 pm

Boston Publisher of ‘Mein Kampf’ to Donate Proceeds to Holocaust Survivors

JNS.org – The Boston-based publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate...

Love Letters of the Holocaust June 17, 2016 2:53 am

Love Letters of the Holocaust

JNS.org – This is a story about the power of letters to span both years and miles,...

Young Diaspora Jews Learn About Holocaust Through Unique Israeli Perspective May 4, 2016 3:42 pm

Young Diaspora Jews Learn About Holocaust Through Unique Israeli Perspective

JNS.org – Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, challenges Israelis...

At Presidents Day, Un-presidential ‘Joke’ About Jews is Whitewashed February 10, 2016 6:40 pm

At Presidents Day, Un-presidential ‘Joke’ About Jews is Whitewashed

JNS.org – Another Presidents Day, another whitewash of a president’s “joke”...

1,500-Year-Old Wine Presses Found in Southern Israel November 13, 2015 2:19 pm

1,500-Year-Old Wine Presses Found in Southern Israel

JNS.org – Two wine presses that date back some 1,500 years were discovered in the southern...

For Hikers, Israel’s 620-Mile National Trail Brings Jewish History to Life August 27, 2015 6:36 am

For Hikers, Israel’s 620-Mile National Trail Brings Jewish History to Life

JNS.org – It was a brave—some may argue foolhardy—lot who recently braved the...

If You Only Have 24 Hours in Jerusalem August 18, 2015 10:22 am

If You Only Have 24 Hours in Jerusalem

JNS.org – A city with as much history and culture as Jerusalem compels visitors to...

Dead Sea Scrolls Come to California August 18, 2015 10:11 am

Dead Sea Scrolls Come to California

JNS.org – The California Science Center is hosting a limited-time exhibition of the...

The Most Important Lesson From Hungary’s Jewish Past August 17, 2015 7:11 am

The Most Important Lesson From Hungary’s Jewish Past

When my father died, he left me his prayer books and a beautifully bound tabletop book,...

From Gaza to Halutza: 10 Years After Pullout, Stories From the New Frontier August 14, 2015 12:26 pm

From Gaza to Halutza: 10 Years After Pullout, Stories From the New Frontier

JNS.org – Standing on a hill overlooking B’nei Netzarim, one of the small communities...

Jewish Family to Get Back Stolen Stradivarius Violin After 35 Years August 7, 2015 10:56 am

Jewish Family to Get Back Stolen Stradivarius Violin After 35 Years

JNS.org – U.S. authorities announced on Thursday that they have recovered a rare 18th-century...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    A star of the hit TV show “Scandal” told the community website Quora.com that, throughout his acting career, he has remained faithful to his Judaism, even when it has caused him to forfeit gigs. Joshua Malina, who plays the character of David Rosen on the ABC political-thriller series, reminisced about his early days in Hollywood, when he had no agent and could only go to open-call auditions. At one of these — a try-out for a commercial — he said he waited on a line that was “maybe a city […]

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  • Arts and Culture Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    The Huffington Post is facing backlash after joking about a Jewish comedian’s  appearance at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night. Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky took part in Nick Jonas’ performance of his song “Bacon,” staged in a New York diner — in a cameo role as a waiter throwing a handful of bacon in the air. Commenting on the show, the Huffington Post tweeted, “not thrilled at the fat jew [he] wasted all that perfectly good bacon!!!!!!” The message angered many Twitter users, who thought the joke […]

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  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA earlier […]

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  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

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  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

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  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

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