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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...

Who Will Represent Israel at Mandela’s Funeral? (UPDATE) December 9, 2013 9:12 am

Who Will Represent Israel at Mandela’s Funeral? (UPDATE)

With former South African President Nelson Mandela scheduled to be laid to rest Tuesday in...

Mandela and Me December 6, 2013 10:02 am

Mandela and Me

The title to this column is deliberately misleading. There never was a Mandela and me. I never...

Nelson Mandela: The Anatomy of a Great Leader December 5, 2013 8:35 pm

Nelson Mandela: The Anatomy of a Great Leader

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks recently wrote this about leadership: Leaders are also human and they...

Legendary Israeli Singer Arik Einstein Dies November 26, 2013 8:19 pm

Legendary Israeli Singer Arik Einstein Dies

JNS.org - Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein, 74, died Tuesday after being admitted to...

IDF Recalls Seton Hall Basketball Sophomore Tommy Maayan to Complete Military Service November 20, 2013 2:36 pm

IDF Recalls Seton Hall Basketball Sophomore Tommy Maayan to Complete Military Service

The Israel Defense Forces has recalled Seton Hall sophomore and rising basketball star Tommy...

Bob Dylan Meets Opera in Eclectic Israeli Band’s Tribute Album November 18, 2013 12:32 pm

Bob Dylan Meets Opera in Eclectic Israeli Band’s Tribute Album

JNS.org – From Joan Baez to the Grateful Dead, scores of popular artists have tried...

Rapper Kosha Dillz on His Jewish Identity and the Music Industry (INTERVIEW) November 15, 2013 10:34 am

Rapper Kosha Dillz on His Jewish Identity and the Music Industry (INTERVIEW)

Out of all the Jewish rappers with a Jewish mission and identity, Kosha Dillz is the only...

Trainer of IDF Paramedics Discusses Life-Saving Improvisation (INTERVIEW) November 13, 2013 9:59 am

Trainer of IDF Paramedics Discusses Life-Saving Improvisation (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org - LOS ANGELES—For Israel Defense Forces Lt. Anastasia Bagdalov, there was no time...

Paula Abdul to Celebrate Her Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall October 28, 2013 10:49 am

Paula Abdul to Celebrate Her Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall

JNS.org - Singer, dancer, choreographer and celebrity judge Paula Abdul is coming to Israel...

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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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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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