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‘Officers’ Hearts’: Israeli Cops to Walk With Children With Disabilities in Marathon February 24, 2015 1:23 am

‘Officers’ Hearts’: Israeli Cops to Walk With Children With Disabilities in Marathon

JNS.org - For a child with a severe developmental disability, walking just one step could...

In Baltimore and Atlanta, a Model for Jewish Community Disability Inclusion February 10, 2015 2:21 pm

In Baltimore and Atlanta, a Model for Jewish Community Disability Inclusion

JNS.org - From the time that Daniel was born in Baltimore, he was a happy and engaged child....

Ari Ne’eman, Disability Self-Advocate on a National Stage, Receives $100K Inclusion Prize January 26, 2015 10:10 am

Ari Ne’eman, Disability Self-Advocate on a National Stage, Receives $100K Inclusion Prize

JNS.org – Disability self-advocate Ari Ne’eman, a member of the President’s National...

Temimah Zucker Consumed by Mission of Tackling Eating Disorders in Jewish Community January 26, 2015 9:31 am

Temimah Zucker Consumed by Mission of Tackling Eating Disorders in Jewish Community

JNS.org – Temimah Zucker, 24, is a modest young woman with an equally modest frame....

With New Staff, FIDF Maintains Israeli Soldiers’ Morale in Precarious Times January 2, 2015 1:15 am

With New Staff, FIDF Maintains Israeli Soldiers’ Morale in Precarious Times

JNS.org – Israel’s tumultuous summer and fall tested the Israel Defense Forces...

Israel’s Bedouin Schools Flourish in the Negev Desert December 30, 2014 8:49 am

Israel’s Bedouin Schools Flourish in the Negev Desert

In the sandy dunes of the northern Negev desert between Arad and Be’er Sheva, 130 students...

Haifa’s Rambam Hospital Treats, Protects, Innovates in the Face of Looming Danger September 12, 2014 9:59 am

Haifa’s Rambam Hospital Treats, Protects, Innovates in the Face of Looming Danger

JNS.org - Not unexpectedly, southern Israel suffered more than other areas of the Jewish...

Israel Helping to Boost Pomegranate Yields in India September 4, 2014 6:32 am

Israel Helping to Boost Pomegranate Yields in India

For nearly 23 years, since India and Israel entered into full diplomatic relations in 1992,...

After Gaza War, Helping Traumatized Israelis Heal September 1, 2014 2:59 pm

After Gaza War, Helping Traumatized Israelis Heal

JNS.org – “You know what’s worse than being stabbed 13 times? Being stabbed 14...

Israeli Company Helps San Diego With Water Needs August 24, 2014 2:03 am

Israeli Company Helps San Diego With Water Needs

JNS.org – In the early 1990s, San Diego was experiencing drought conditions similar...

Babies Moved to Secure Areas of Ashkelon Hospital Following Hamas Rocket Attacks August 20, 2014 6:43 pm

Babies Moved to Secure Areas of Ashkelon Hospital Following Hamas Rocket Attacks

Since Tuesday night, Hamas has fired more than 80 rockets into Israel. The rockets struck...

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time July 25, 2014 8:03 pm

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time

I am not a soldier. I am not even a citizen of Israel. Yet Israel is the only place on earth...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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