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Holocaust Survivor’s Search for Long-Lost Brother Goes Viral May 1, 2014 10:40 am

Holocaust Survivor’s Search for Long-Lost Brother Goes Viral

JNS.org – More than 68 years after he was liberated from Auschwitz, 73-year-old Israeli...

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...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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