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Ahead of NBA Playoffs, Remembering the Era of Jewish Commissioner David Stern April 2, 2014 10:50 am

Ahead of NBA Playoffs, Remembering the Era of Jewish Commissioner David Stern

JNS.org – When the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs tip off on April 19,...

Henry Zilberman March 28, 2014 1:55 pm

Henry Zilberman

Earlier this month, late on a Saturday night, the soul of my dear friend, Henry Zilberman,...

After Tamir Goodman’s Battle With Injuries, New Basketball Training Tool is Born March 27, 2014 7:25 am

After Tamir Goodman’s Battle With Injuries, New Basketball Training Tool is Born

JNS.org – When he was sidelined by injuries during his time as a professional basketball...

Bernie Madoff Denies Singling Out Jews in Ponzi Scheme March 23, 2014 10:32 pm

Bernie Madoff Denies Singling Out Jews in Ponzi Scheme

Convicted felon Bernie Madoff refuted any suggestion that he specifically betrayed Jews in...

Israel’s Peres Says ADL’s Foxman ‘Tireless’ in Fighting ‘Scourge of Anti-Semitism’ February 26, 2014 11:00 am

Israel’s Peres Says ADL’s Foxman ‘Tireless’ in Fighting ‘Scourge of Anti-Semitism’

When Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman announced his retirement,...

Toddler Orphaned in Mumbai Terror Attack is ‘Doing Well,’ Israeli Envoy Says February 25, 2014 10:48 pm

Toddler Orphaned in Mumbai Terror Attack is ‘Doing Well,’ Israeli Envoy Says

The Jewish toddler who lost both his parents in the infamous 2008 Mumbai terror attacks is...

‘Ghostbusters’ Actor, ‘Caddyshack’ Director Harold Ramis Dies at 69 February 24, 2014 6:25 pm

‘Ghostbusters’ Actor, ‘Caddyshack’ Director Harold Ramis Dies at 69

JNS.org – Famed Jewish-American actor, director, and writer Harold Ramis has passed...

Boteach: Sean Penn’s Humanity is Worth Celebrating (INTERVIEW) February 11, 2014 10:23 pm

Boteach: Sean Penn’s Humanity is Worth Celebrating (INTERVIEW)

Media personality Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said it was the humanity of actor Sean Penn, in helping...

ADL Chief Abraham Foxman Announces 2015 Retirement February 10, 2014 6:26 pm

ADL Chief Abraham Foxman Announces 2015 Retirement

JNS.org – Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham H. Foxman announced...

Mourning Barry Rubin, a Fierce Defender of Israel February 4, 2014 8:33 pm

Mourning Barry Rubin, a Fierce Defender of Israel

Barry Rubin, a true scholar and wonderful man, passed away Monday morning after a battle with...

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman Kicks of Campaign for Israeli President February 3, 2014 10:50 pm

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman Kicks of Campaign for Israeli President

JNS.org - Dan Shechtman, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2011, met with Israeli...

‘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...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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