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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,...

Holocaust Hideout in Warsaw Destroyed by Polish Couple September 12, 2013 6:45 am

Holocaust Hideout in Warsaw Destroyed by Polish Couple

JNS.org – A Polish couple pleaded guilty to the desecration of a historic site for...

Anti-Semitic Advisor to FDR Sabotaged UN Human Rights Efforts September 2, 2013 8:49 am

Anti-Semitic Advisor to FDR Sabotaged UN Human Rights Efforts

JNS.org – As debate mounts over whether the U.S. should bypass the United Nations Security...

Nixon, Truman, and FDR’s Private Thoughts About Jews August 30, 2013 6:50 am

Nixon, Truman, and FDR’s Private Thoughts About Jews

JNS.org – The latest tapes of President Richard M. Nixon’s private conversations...

Art Exhibit Corrects History and Helps Repair Jewish/Christian Relations August 21, 2013 9:21 am

Art Exhibit Corrects History and Helps Repair Jewish/Christian Relations

Rembrandt and the Images of Jesus, a 2011-2012 exhibit curated by the Louvre, the Philadelphia...

Touro Synagogue Artifacts Dispute to Continue After Mediation Fails August 16, 2013 4:02 pm

Touro Synagogue Artifacts Dispute to Continue After Mediation Fails

JNS.org – Talks between the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, and a New York...

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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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