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Jewish Gymnast Aly Raisman and the Future of Jewish Identity August 15, 2012 11:20 pm

Jewish Gymnast Aly Raisman and the Future of Jewish Identity

You don’t have to be a sports fan, to appreciate the Olympics. Every four years, we are...

One of World’s Most Decorated Olympic Gymnasts Lives In Israel, Still Does Her Splits August 15, 2012 9:43 am

One of World’s Most Decorated Olympic Gymnasts Lives In Israel, Still Does Her Splits

One of the world’s most decorated Olympic medalists is currently living in the country whose...

Jewish Teens Lead Drive for Female Anchors at Presidential Debates August 14, 2012 2:50 pm

Jewish Teens Lead Drive for Female Anchors at Presidential Debates

Three teenage Jewish girls have created petitions calling on the Presidential Debate Commission...

Mariah Carey Tweets “Le’chaim Shout Out to Israel” August 13, 2012 7:36 pm

Mariah Carey Tweets “Le’chaim Shout Out to Israel”

In honor of her Israeli close friend Liron’s birthday on Sunday, Mariah Carey gave a shout...

Former Sharon Adviser Doubles as Media Guru and Holocaust Educator August 10, 2012 2:03 pm

Former Sharon Adviser Doubles as Media Guru and Holocaust Educator

For more than two decades, Raanan Gissin has spoken on Israel’s behalf in many capacities. Gissin—a...

First Look at Russell Crowe in Upcoming “Noah” Epic (PHOTO) August 10, 2012 1:28 pm

First Look at Russell Crowe in Upcoming “Noah” Epic (PHOTO)

Back in July, Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky tweeted out the first look of the set for...

Woody Allen is Not Slowing Down August 9, 2012 3:58 pm

Woody Allen is Not Slowing Down

Funny, serious, and controversial, Woody Allen’s films evoke many emotions—but his Jewish...

Forbes Israel: The Millionaire IDF Units August 9, 2012 9:20 am

Forbes Israel: The Millionaire IDF Units

The latest issue of “Forbes Israel” includes a list of Israeli millionaires graded...

Studious: Jewish Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Reads While Teammates Perform (PHOTO) August 8, 2012 10:37 am

Studious: Jewish Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Reads While Teammates Perform (PHOTO)

While her teammate was performing in the vault competition, Jewish Olympian Aly Raisman was...

Prominent Jewish Philanthropist Sami Rohr Dies at 86 August 7, 2012 1:14 pm

Prominent Jewish Philanthropist Sami Rohr Dies at 86

Sami Rohr, a prominent Jewish philanthropist living in Florida, has died at the age of 86....

First Pictures of Natalie Portman’s Jewish Wedding Ceremony August 7, 2012 9:03 am

First Pictures of Natalie Portman’s Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Daily Mail – The only thing that averted attention from Natalie Portman’s beautiful...

Israeli Documentaries Reign Supreme at Traverse City Film Festival August 6, 2012 6:13 pm

Israeli Documentaries Reign Supreme at Traverse City Film Festival

Two Israeli films were announced winners at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival, held...

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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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