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For Many Jews, Being Gay Means Learning to Love Yourself June 28, 2016 11:21 am

For Many Jews, Being Gay Means Learning to Love Yourself

Imagine this. When you were four, you realized that there was something different about you....

With Genesis Prize, Violinist Itzhak Perlman Eyes a More Inclusive World June 28, 2016 12:36 am

With Genesis Prize, Violinist Itzhak Perlman Eyes a More Inclusive World

JNS.org – In his book, To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks recalls how...

Proposed Plan Takes a Bite out of Israeli Rabbinate’s Kashrut Role June 28, 2016 12:28 am

Proposed Plan Takes a Bite out of Israeli Rabbinate’s Kashrut Role

The Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled that privately supervised kosher eateries cannot...

The Kotel: Have We Gone Mad? June 27, 2016 1:28 am

The Kotel: Have We Gone Mad?

You, dear readers, must forgive me for asking this question, but: Have we Jews gone mad? Kotel...

Spending Shabbat in Beverly Hills June 27, 2016 1:24 am

Spending Shabbat in Beverly Hills

When traveling, it’s enjoyable to encounter different Jewish communities and synagogues....

What the Torah Tells Us About the Media’s Role in Vetting Clinton and Trump June 24, 2016 4:32 am

What the Torah Tells Us About the Media’s Role in Vetting Clinton and Trump

“Donald Trump’s free ride on your television screen is coming to an end,” began an article...

Unlocking the Power of Challah-Baking for Jewish Women June 23, 2016 2:19 am

Unlocking the Power of Challah-Baking for Jewish Women

There’s something that brings Jewish women together like no other: challah-baking. Just...

Shared Support for Israeli Youth Village Fosters Growing Jewish-Christian Bonds June 22, 2016 2:17 am

Shared Support for Israeli Youth Village Fosters Growing Jewish-Christian Bonds

JNS.org – Dr. Tim Shepherd raised his son Adam, a pre-law student at the University...

Overcoming the Fear of Success June 22, 2016 2:14 am

Overcoming the Fear of Success

One of the most powerful addresses I ever heard was given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi...

Why Does the Rabbinical Council of America Refuse to Protect Children from Child Molesters? June 22, 2016 2:10 am

Why Does the Rabbinical Council of America Refuse to Protect Children from Child Molesters?

Six weeks ago, I emailed Rabbi Mark Dratch, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council...

Assyrian Bishop Wants Friendship With Israel June 21, 2016 6:48 am

Assyrian Bishop Wants Friendship With Israel

“Israel has stability, the ear of the world community, and the ability to be a modern state...

A Safe Place for Jewish Women to Practice Yoga June 19, 2016 12:52 pm

A Safe Place for Jewish Women to Practice Yoga

Often as a yogini, the female version of someone who practices yoga, you’re asked to...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

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  • Arts and Culture Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Jewish actor Jonah Hill revealed on Wednesday morning that he had officiated the wedding of good friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The “War Dogs” actor, 32, was a guest on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show when the conversation turned to Levine’s July 2014 wedding to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Hill said that after he was asked to officiate the nuptials, he started getting worried about the type of speech he was going to deliver. “I’m writing all these things, and then I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Music Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution. Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.” He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and […]

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