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What Kristallnacht and Modern-Day Iran Have in Common November 20, 2013 2:01 pm

What Kristallnacht and Modern-Day Iran Have in Common

November marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy siege in Iran, and the 75th anniversary...

Shiloh Altar: Biblical Archaeology Provides Evidence of Ancient Religious Center November 20, 2013 12:56 pm

Shiloh Altar: Biblical Archaeology Provides Evidence of Ancient Religious Center

JNS.org – For decades archaeologists have been searching for evidence to support the...

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Visits Auschwitz in Holocaust Commemoration November 19, 2013 7:07 pm

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Visits Auschwitz in Holocaust Commemoration

JNS.org – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the remnants of the Auschwitz death...

Carmel Caves Named UNESCO World Heritage Site October 29, 2013 12:33 pm

Carmel Caves Named UNESCO World Heritage Site

JNS.org - The Carmel Caves site in northern Israel has been named the newest World Heritage...

Drought Led to Rise of Ancient Israelite Kingdom, Study Says October 25, 2013 4:36 pm

Drought Led to Rise of Ancient Israelite Kingdom, Study Says

JNS.org - A series of major droughts may have led to the collapse of several great Bronze...

Netanyahu: Jewish People Have ‘Deep Connection to Hebron’ October 24, 2013 8:45 am

Netanyahu: Jewish People Have ‘Deep Connection to Hebron’

JNS.org - A day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary...

The American Cartoonists Who Spoke Out Against Kristallnacht October 21, 2013 11:37 am

The American Cartoonists Who Spoke Out Against Kristallnacht

JNS.org - “I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a 20th-century civilization,”...

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces October 18, 2013 8:53 am

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

Medieval and Renaissance artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family, and close followers...

World Jewish Congress Commends Blocking of Nazi War Criminal’s Funeral October 15, 2013 8:51 am

World Jewish Congress Commends Blocking of Nazi War Criminal’s Funeral

JNS.org – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has expressed support over...

Large Questions Face Future of Iraqi Jewish Archive October 9, 2013 11:47 am

Large Questions Face Future of Iraqi Jewish Archive

JNS.org – A tip in May 2003 about a 7th-century Talmud volume in the basement of...

Newly Canonized Popes John Paul II, John XXIII Praised for Condemning Anti-Semitism October 2, 2013 8:43 am

Newly Canonized Popes John Paul II, John XXIII Praised for Condemning Anti-Semitism

JNS.org - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the Vatican’s announcement of the...

A Look at the History of Israeli Paratroopers (INTERVIEW) September 30, 2013 8:34 am

A Look at the History of Israeli Paratroopers (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – The following is a full transcript of an interview with Yossi Klein Halevi,...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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