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Full Transcript: Eulogy by President Peres for Former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon January 13, 2014 8:37 am

Full Transcript: Eulogy by President Peres for Former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon

Below is the full transcript of remarks made by Israeli President Shimon Peres at the funeral...

Russian-Jewish Teacher Ilya Farber Released From Prison January 10, 2014 5:24 pm

Russian-Jewish Teacher Ilya Farber Released From Prison

JNS.org – Russian-Jewish teacher and painter Ilya Farber was released from Russian...

Another Jewish Barrier Broken in NCAA Basketball January 9, 2014 8:15 am

Another Jewish Barrier Broken in NCAA Basketball

Northwestern’s walk-on freshman Aaron Liberman got his first in-game action in the NCAA’s...

German Grandmother Celebrates 104th Birthday at Dead Sea January 8, 2014 7:44 am

German Grandmother Celebrates 104th Birthday at Dead Sea

German tourist, Eleonore Kastner, affectionately known as Oma Ella, celebrated her 104th birthday...

Brandeis Professor Jonathan Sarna Elected President of Association for Jewish Studies January 7, 2014 12:14 am

Brandeis Professor Jonathan Sarna Elected President of Association for Jewish Studies

JNS.org - Brandeis University Professor of American Jewish Studies Jonathan Sarna has been...

Northwestern’s Aaron Liberman First Player to Wear Yarmulke in Big Ten Basketball Game January 6, 2014 12:55 pm

Northwestern’s Aaron Liberman First Player to Wear Yarmulke in Big Ten Basketball Game

Northwestern University freshman Aaron Liberman on Sunday was the first player known to wear...

Does Ostreicher’s Freedom Shed Light on the Cases of Other Jewish Prisoners? December 23, 2013 10:45 am

Does Ostreicher’s Freedom Shed Light on the Cases of Other Jewish Prisoners?

JNS.org -While an air of mystery surrounds the details of Jewish businessman Jacob Ostreicher’s...

‘Superman Sam,’ Eight-Year-Old Sam Sommer, Dies of Leukemia December 17, 2013 7:30 am

‘Superman Sam,’ Eight-Year-Old Sam Sommer, Dies of Leukemia

JNS.org - Sam Sommer, the 8-year-old boy whose battle against leukemia was documented by...

Yeshiva University, Wiesenthal Center Leaders are Highest-Paid Jewish Non-Profit Executives December 17, 2013 7:28 am

Yeshiva University, Wiesenthal Center Leaders are Highest-Paid Jewish Non-Profit Executives

JNS.org – Yeshiva University President Richard Joel ($855,037) and Simon Wiesenthal...

Professor Denied University of Haifa Honorary Doctorate Over Politics December 16, 2013 12:23 am

Professor Denied University of Haifa Honorary Doctorate Over Politics

JNS.org – The University of Haifa’s Executive Committee said it decided not...

ADL Commends Time’s Selection of Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ December 12, 2013 3:07 pm

ADL Commends Time’s Selection of Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’

JNS.org - Time magazine’s selection of Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year” drew...

Mazel Tov Gal Gadot December 10, 2013 2:59 pm

Mazel Tov Gal Gadot

A major Mazel Tov is due to actress Gal Gadot.  The Israeli-born brunette beauty has just...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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