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Jewish Basketball Pioneer Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman Passes Away July 31, 2013 9:38 am

Jewish Basketball Pioneer Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman Passes Away

“The Show Must Go On” – Queen Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman, an original member of the New...

Talking with Dr. Oz About Israel, Turkey, Islam, and Lust July 29, 2013 8:47 am

Talking with Dr. Oz About Israel, Turkey, Islam, and Lust

I’m sitting on the plane to Israel with Dr. Mehmet Oz, his wife Lisa, his kids, my wife...

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict July 24, 2013 9:21 am

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict

Israel has a fresh and vital comedy scene, with a host of “stand-up-istim” (yes, that’s...

Sheldon Adelson at 80 July 24, 2013 8:42 am

Sheldon Adelson at 80

This past Friday marked the 80th birthday on the Jewish calendar of philanthropist Sheldon...

Candidate for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate David Stav on Conversions, Women of the Wall and Healing the Rift Between the Orthodox and the Secular (INTERVIEW) July 24, 2013 12:11 am

Candidate for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate David Stav on Conversions, Women of the Wall and Healing the Rift Between the Orthodox and the Secular (INTERVIEW)

On the eve of elections for the Israeli chief rabbinate, one of the more prominent candidates,...

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France July 16, 2013 7:58 am

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France

JNS.org – Originally published by www.Jewish.Travel, the new online travel magazine. The...

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life July 10, 2013 11:01 am

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life

JNS.org - Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he...

Amy Winehouse Exhibit Exploring Singer’s Jewish Roots Opens in London July 2, 2013 1:12 pm

Amy Winehouse Exhibit Exploring Singer’s Jewish Roots Opens in London

An exhibition dedicated to the late Jewish singer Amy Winehouse, featuring unpublished photographs...

Yeshiva University Chancellor Resigns, Admits Failure Over Sexual Abuse Cases July 1, 2013 4:25 pm

Yeshiva University Chancellor Resigns, Admits Failure Over Sexual Abuse Cases

JNS.org – Yeshiva University (YU) Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm, 85, has stepped down...

Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig Honored by B’nai B’rith June 28, 2013 5:33 pm

Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig Honored by B’nai B’rith

JNS.org - B’nai B’rith International honored Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud...

From ‘Scared Child’ to Miss Israel June 24, 2013 10:24 am

From ‘Scared Child’ to Miss Israel

JNS.org - NEW MILFORD, NJ—When Yitayish “Titi” Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel,...

NBA Finals a Time to Remember Legendary Jewish Coach Red Auerbach June 18, 2013 7:58 am

NBA Finals a Time to Remember Legendary Jewish Coach Red Auerbach

JNS.org - At the start of each nationally televised game of the 2013 NBA Finals between the...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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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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