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Happy Europe Day May 10, 2013 1:16 pm

Happy Europe Day

As Europeans come together to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of Europe Day today, the...

Yom Yerushalayim and the Temple Mount: ‘Miracles of Biblical Proportion’ May 8, 2013 2:14 am

Yom Yerushalayim and the Temple Mount: ‘Miracles of Biblical Proportion’

While the 1967 Six Day War ushered in a 46-year period of controversial and complex political...

Three Graves in Jerusalem, Three Lives Linked by History May 8, 2013 2:06 am

Three Graves in Jerusalem, Three Lives Linked by History

Leading up to Jerusalem Day this year, leaders of four U.S. Orthodox organizations in March...

How the St. Louis Saved Jewish Lives – in Holland May 6, 2013 2:38 am

How the St. Louis Saved Jewish Lives – in Holland

This week’s symposium on “Performing Arts in Holland During the Holocaust” at Yad Vashem...

The U.S. Holocaust Museum at 20: Confronting Tough Issues April 30, 2013 1:23 am

The U.S. Holocaust Museum at 20: Confronting Tough Issues

When President Bill Clinton stepped to the podium at the opening of the United States Holocaust...

New Research Sheds Light on Nazi Influence in Arab World April 30, 2013 1:22 am

New Research Sheds Light on Nazi Influence in Arab World

Nazi Germany’s effort to recruit supporters in the Arab world is attracting new attention...

The Bar Kochba Debate April 29, 2013 1:47 am

The Bar Kochba Debate

Among the historical events associated with “Lag Ba’omer,” celebrated...

Lag B’Omer: Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva Narrative April 28, 2013 10:59 am

Lag B’Omer: Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva Narrative

As is the case for many holidays in the Jewish calendar cycle, Lag B’Omer (April 28 this...

Ancient Church Discovered Near Ark of the Covenant Site April 22, 2013 4:29 pm

Ancient Church Discovered Near Ark of the Covenant Site

Archeologists have discovered an ancient church in the ruins of the ancient biblical city...

Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising by Honoring Veteran of the Fight April 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising by Honoring Veteran of the Fight

Friday was the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and to commemorate the event...

From Dry Bones to Start Up Nation April 16, 2013 10:03 am

From Dry Bones to Start Up Nation

On May 15th, 1948 a certain national myth became a reality. Though Jews weren’t the only...

Am Israel Chai – The Jewish People Live April 8, 2013 2:03 am

Am Israel Chai – The Jewish People Live

Walking to synagogue with my daughter Friday night, she told me that in school her teacher...

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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