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‘King of Fun’ Stewart Rahr Arranges 50 Ambucycles for Israeli Rescue Service January 29, 2014 3:23 pm

‘King of Fun’ Stewart Rahr Arranges 50 Ambucycles for Israeli Rescue Service

JERUSALEM – Stewart Rahr, a.k.a “The King of Fun”, surprised a jubilant group...

Pope Francis Hosts Argentine Rabbis January 17, 2014 12:49 am

Pope Francis Hosts Argentine Rabbis

JNS.org – Pope Francis hosted 16 rabbis from his home country of Argentina on Thursday. The...

Full Transcript: Eulogy by IDF Chief Benny Gantz for Former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon January 13, 2014 10:18 am

Full Transcript: Eulogy by IDF Chief Benny Gantz for Former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon

Below is the full transcript of remarks made by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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