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Jewish WWII Veterans Mark Victory Day in Israel (PHOTOS) May 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Jewish WWII Veterans Mark Victory Day in Israel (PHOTOS)

JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Jewish World War II veterans of the Allied armies, the majority from...

‘A Death Sentence for the Jews’: 75 Years Since the British White Paper May 6, 2014 9:04 am

‘A Death Sentence for the Jews’: 75 Years Since the British White Paper

JNS.org – “We know we are going to be bamboozled,” a despondent Stephen Wise,...

The Holocaust Survivors Who Fell in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence May 5, 2014 9:47 am

The Holocaust Survivors Who Fell in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence

A special monument is located at the end of the trail that connects Israel’s Yad Vashem,...

Preserving the Memories of Israel’s Creation May 5, 2014 9:00 am

Preserving the Memories of Israel’s Creation

JNS.org – Elad Peled, 87, has told the story of how he was injured during the battle...

Love Rules on 70th Anniversary of Bau Couple’s Concentration Camp Wedding April 27, 2014 1:03 am

Love Rules on 70th Anniversary of Bau Couple’s Concentration Camp Wedding

JNS.org – In stark contrast to the many somber memorials that recall the tragedies...

Libyan Family’s Travails Provides Glimpse at Jews in Arab World During Holocaust April 25, 2014 10:20 am

Libyan Family’s Travails Provides Glimpse at Jews in Arab World During Holocaust

JNS.org - Although the commemoration of Yom HaShoah focuses primarily on the ghettoes...

National Library of Israel Acquires Rare Montefiore Family Passover Haggadah April 8, 2014 12:41 pm

National Library of Israel Acquires Rare Montefiore Family Passover Haggadah

JNS.org – The National Library of Israel has acquired a rare Passover Haggadah that once...

As Survivors Pass, Holocaust Memoir Genre Braces for Significant Transformation April 3, 2014 5:26 pm

As Survivors Pass, Holocaust Memoir Genre Braces for Significant Transformation

JNS.org - As the generation of Holocaust survivors passes, writers and researchers acknowledge...

U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Sheds New Light on Nazi Propaganda March 31, 2014 11:15 am

U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Sheds New Light on Nazi Propaganda

JNS.org – An ongoing traveling exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum challenges...

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks March 13, 2014 12:44 am

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks

JNS.org – A new display in Jerusalem is showcasing the oldest-known masks in the world,...

Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying March 12, 2014 7:24 am

Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying

Nazi leader Hermann Goering, who went to trial at Nuremberg after World War II, refused to...

Ancient Jewish Text Added to UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register March 3, 2014 12:01 am

Ancient Jewish Text Added to UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register

A rare Hebrew, 15th century manuscript from the Israel Museum’s collection was included...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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