Jewish History

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...

The Wedding That Dented the Iron Curtain August 16, 2013 10:52 am

The Wedding That Dented the Iron Curtain

In the history of the Soviet Jewry movement, the most spectacular – and possibly most pivotal...

Italian ‘Hitler’ Wine Sparks Outrage and Condemnation August 13, 2013 8:35 am

Italian ‘Hitler’ Wine Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

An Italian winery selling a line of Nazi and fascist branded wines has outraged both tourists...

EU Settlement Policy Legitimises Mass Dispossession August 12, 2013 8:53 am

EU Settlement Policy Legitimises Mass Dispossession

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is once more in the news: revolution and counter-revolution, protest...

Ancient Jewish Pottery Village Discovered in Galilee August 6, 2013 6:51 am

Ancient Jewish Pottery Village Discovered in Galilee

JNS.org – A religion professor from Alabama-based Samford University has discovered...

German Resistance Group, ‘The White Rose,’ Remembered 70 Years Later August 5, 2013 10:18 am

German Resistance Group, ‘The White Rose,’ Remembered 70 Years Later

JNS.org - Among the various events in Holocaust history marking their 70th anniversary...

Jewish History of Budapest: A Day Trip to a Golden Age August 1, 2013 11:04 am

Jewish History of Budapest: A Day Trip to a Golden Age

JNS.org - Budapest is the 25th most-visited city in the world, and it’s easy to understand...

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen July 31, 2013 9:39 am

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen

JNS.org – Fifty years after Hannah Arendt came out with her controversial book, “Eichmann...

For Germany and Israel, a Textbook Case July 30, 2013 10:46 am

For Germany and Israel, a Textbook Case

JNS.org - Almost 70 years after the Holocaust and 50 years after Germany and Israel established...

Bidding for Schindler’s Actual List Starts at $3 Million on eBay July 21, 2013 6:20 pm

Bidding for Schindler’s Actual List Starts at $3 Million on eBay

JNS.org – The original physical list compiled by German industrialist Oskar Schindler,...

UK Clergyman Calls on Church to Repent for Past Anti-Semitism July 19, 2013 2:08 pm

UK Clergyman Calls on Church to Repent for Past Anti-Semitism

JNS.0rg – An Anglican clergyman spoke on the church’s history of anti-Semitism and...

The Man Who Told FDR About the Holocaust July 17, 2013 9:29 am

The Man Who Told FDR About the Holocaust

JNS.0rg - Seventy years ago this month, on July 28, an eyewitness to the Nazi atrocities...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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