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Philanthropy Raises $90 Million for Jewish Camps November 15, 2015 10:20 am

Philanthropy Raises $90 Million for Jewish Camps

JNS.org – The Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s JCamp180 initiative raised $90 million...

Jewish Humanitarian Group JDC Responds to South Asia Earthquake October 26, 2015 4:30 pm

Jewish Humanitarian Group JDC Responds to South Asia Earthquake

JNS.org – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on Monday responded...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hadassah Fights BRCA With Decorated Bras October 15, 2015 10:10 am

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hadassah Fights BRCA With Decorated Bras

JNS.org – BRCA. It’s the gene mutation that gives Ashkenazi Jews a higher risk of...

Cleveland Clinic, Hebrew U to Form Health Care Incubator; Target $15 Million October 13, 2015 5:09 pm

Cleveland Clinic, Hebrew U to Form Health Care Incubator; Target $15 Million

JNS.org – The Cleveland Clinic and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem plan to form...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Revisiting Program Employing Blind Women October 9, 2015 10:12 am

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Revisiting Program Employing Blind Women

JNS.org – During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2013, I reported on an innovative...

On Syrian Refugee Crisis, Jewish Community Moves From Words to Action October 9, 2015 4:20 am

On Syrian Refugee Crisis, Jewish Community Moves From Words to Action

JNS.org – Will Recant pulls both heartstrings and purse strings for a living. As...

Jewish Woman’s Suicide Spotlights Maryland Rabbi’s Recovery ‘Sanctuary’ July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Jewish Woman’s Suicide Spotlights Maryland Rabbi’s Recovery ‘Sanctuary’

JNS.org –  The recent suicide of 30-year-old Jewish woman Faigy Mayer in Manhattan...

The Compassionate Superheroes Amongst Us July 3, 2015 8:18 am

The Compassionate Superheroes Amongst Us

Today, I saw a real life superhero. Others may not have noticed it because she wasn’t wearing...

How a Jewish Doctor Took on Ebola (INTERVIEW) June 17, 2015 11:18 am

How a Jewish Doctor Took on Ebola (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org –  The following article was written by Diana Kofman, a 16-year-old resident...

Kosher Meals on Wheels Bring Food and Happiness to Jewish Seniors June 10, 2015 10:52 am

Kosher Meals on Wheels Bring Food and Happiness to Jewish Seniors

JNS.org – Beth sits patiently at her dining room table, waiting for her Kosher Meals...

In Jerusalem, a Lifeline for Senior Citizens June 10, 2015 10:51 am

In Jerusalem, a Lifeline for Senior Citizens

Have you ever heard of a lifeline made from paper mâché? Or from silk, clay, paper, wood,...

Nepalese Ambassador Thanks Magen David Adom for Earthquake Aid June 7, 2015 11:04 am

Nepalese Ambassador Thanks Magen David Adom for Earthquake Aid

  The Nepalese Ambassador to Israel, Prahlad Kumar Prasai, awarded a certificate of appreciation...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    A star of the hit TV show “Scandal” told the community website Quora.com that, throughout his acting career, he has remained faithful to his Judaism, even when it has caused him to forfeit gigs. Joshua Malina, who plays the character of David Rosen on the ABC political-thriller series, reminisced about his early days in Hollywood, when he had no agent and could only go to open-call auditions. At one of these — a try-out for a commercial — he said he waited on a line that was “maybe a city […]

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  • Arts and Culture Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    The Huffington Post is facing backlash after joking about a Jewish comedian’s  appearance at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night. Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky took part in Nick Jonas’ performance of his song “Bacon,” staged in a New York diner — in a cameo role as a waiter throwing a handful of bacon in the air. Commenting on the show, the Huffington Post tweeted, “not thrilled at the fat jew [he] wasted all that perfectly good bacon!!!!!!” The message angered many Twitter users, who thought the joke […]

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  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA earlier […]

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  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

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  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

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  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

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