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70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen April 17, 2015 9:58 am

70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

JNS.org – On April 15, 1945, the British Second Army entered Bergen-Belsen. One week...

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary April 16, 2015 10:15 am

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary

JNS.org – As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel...

Anne Frank’s Death at Bergen-Belsen Commemorated With #Notsilent Campaign (VIDEO) April 15, 2015 9:18 pm

Anne Frank’s Death at Bergen-Belsen Commemorated With #Notsilent Campaign (VIDEO)

JNS.org - The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp,...

20 French Mayors to Visit Israel for Yom HaShoah April 9, 2015 5:34 pm

20 French Mayors to Visit Israel for Yom HaShoah

JNS.org - A delegation of 20 French mayors will visit Israel next week to commemorate Yom...

Queens of the Jews March 22, 2015 1:10 am

Queens of the Jews

Most of the queens in Jewish history are either unnamed or unknown beyond their names. Yet...

Israeli Elections – Then and Now March 20, 2015 10:37 am

Israeli Elections – Then and Now

The first Israeli election I experienced was in the summer of 1961. I was in Yeshivah in Jerusalem,...

Kings of the Jews: Hasmoneans & Herodians March 15, 2015 3:00 am

Kings of the Jews: Hasmoneans & Herodians

Following Jerusalem’s destruction in 586 B.C.E., the Jewish People became subject to a series...

Kings of the Jews: Judah March 13, 2015 7:24 am

Kings of the Jews: Judah

After centuries of being governed by authoritative judges, and faced with mounting threats...

Woman Sues Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Over Oskar Schindler Documents March 12, 2015 9:05 am

Woman Sues Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Over Oskar Schindler Documents

JNS.org – The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem has been sued by a woman who...

Kings of the Jews: Israel March 12, 2015 7:22 am

Kings of the Jews: Israel

After centuries of being governed by authoritative judges, and faced with mounting threats...

Judges of the Jews March 10, 2015 7:54 am

Judges of the Jews

The 15 Judges of Israel, also known as Elders, were civic leaders who guided the nation between...

On Selma Anniversary, Remembering the Civil Rights Activism of Rabbi Heschel (VIDEO) March 9, 2015 3:43 pm

On Selma Anniversary, Remembering the Civil Rights Activism of Rabbi Heschel (VIDEO)

JNS.org – This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the march by African-American...

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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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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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