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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...

Israel PM Netanyahu Stresses ‘Unity’ Ahead of 9th of Av; Meteorologist Braces for Traditional Choppy Seas July 15, 2013 10:22 am

Israel PM Netanyahu Stresses ‘Unity’ Ahead of 9th of Av; Meteorologist Braces for Traditional Choppy Seas

The “Three Weeks” of traditional Jewish mourning to commemorate the destruction...

More ‘Forest Swastikas’ Discovered as Mystery of Origins Persist (PHOTO) July 11, 2013 1:44 pm

More ‘Forest Swastikas’ Discovered as Mystery of Origins Persist (PHOTO)

New technologies enabling perspectives hitherto unobtainable, have allowed for the discovery...

Portuguese Diplomat Finally Celebrated for Saving Jews During WW II July 10, 2013 3:22 pm

Portuguese Diplomat Finally Celebrated for Saving Jews During WW II

When Aristides de Sousa Mendes died in 1954 he was broke and shamed, this despite his heroic...

As Egypt Names New Leader, Israeli Archaeologists Discover Sphinx From Pharaoh Mycerinus July 9, 2013 12:59 pm

As Egypt Names New Leader, Israeli Archaeologists Discover Sphinx From Pharaoh Mycerinus

As modern Egypt named a new leader, Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced they have...

Sequel Released to Temple Institute ‘Children’ Video That Caused Arab Outrage Last Year (VIDEO) July 9, 2013 11:31 am

Sequel Released to Temple Institute ‘Children’ Video That Caused Arab Outrage Last Year (VIDEO)

A film that inadvertently outraged the Arab world last year now has its sequel. The Children...

Holocaust Failure Symbol Evian Conference to Bring Hope for African Refugees? July 2, 2013 6:40 am

Holocaust Failure Symbol Evian Conference to Bring Hope for African Refugees?

JNS.org - The name “Evian” will forever be remembered as the site of an international...

The Life and Times of the Jewish Beauty Queens of India June 26, 2013 2:54 pm

The Life and Times of the Jewish Beauty Queens of India

Given the fact that Jewish beauty has been celebrated in history, it does not come as a surprise...

Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say June 25, 2013 11:17 am

Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say

An ancient road leading from Jaffa to Jerusalem, which dates back nearly 1,800 years to the...

A New Low for the International Committee of the Red Cross? June 18, 2013 8:18 am

A New Low for the International Committee of the Red Cross?

A new low for the International Committee of the Red Cross? When it indirectly sponsors activities...

The Marx Brothers and Jewish Identity June 17, 2013 10:47 am

The Marx Brothers and Jewish Identity

JNS.org - The sons of Jewish immigrants from Germany and France, the Marx Brothers became...

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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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