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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...

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...

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...

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 Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

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  • Arts and Culture Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Jewish actor Jonah Hill revealed on Wednesday morning that he had officiated the wedding of good friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The “War Dogs” actor, 32, was a guest on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show when the conversation turned to Levine’s July 2014 wedding to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Hill said that after he was asked to officiate the nuptials, he started getting worried about the type of speech he was going to deliver. “I’m writing all these things, and then I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Music Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution. Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.” He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and […]

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  • Arts and Culture Uncanny Toy Replica of Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Auctioning on eBay for Over $1,600

    Uncanny Toy Replica of Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Auctioning on eBay for Over $1,600

    An artist is auctioning on eBay a Wonder Woman doll he purchased and repainted to create an uncanny replica of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play the superhero in an upcoming 2017 spin-off film. Noel Cruz purchased a 19-inch action figure of the Batman v Superman star and replaced its plastic hair with a new wig, and added a material belt and Princess Diana’s lasso, according to the blog Io9, which first reported on Cruz’s work. He then painted the doll to make it look like the […]

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  • Arts and Culture British Jewish Star Daniel Radcliffe Hopes New Movie About Neo-Nazis Will Spark Dialogue to Defeat Antisemitic Rhetoric

    British Jewish Star Daniel Radcliffe Hopes New Movie About Neo-Nazis Will Spark Dialogue to Defeat Antisemitic Rhetoric

    Racist and antisemitic rhetoric supported by white supremacists can be defeated by opening channels for meaningful dialogue, British-Jewish actor Daniel Radcliffe said, ahead of the release of his new film, in which he plays an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a neo-Nazi group. “[White supremacist ideologies] have more power the less we talk about them. So hopefully this does start a kind of conversation, which would be a tiny part of a much larger conversation that needs to happen,” the actor, 27, told The […]

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  • Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Reveals She Can Read, Speak Hebrew

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Reveals She Can Read, Speak Hebrew

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas knows how to read and speak “a little” Hebrew, she revealed in the Aug. 15 issue of Us Weekly. The 20-year-old gymnast, who told the magazine that her favorite book is the Bible, was featured in a spread about the USA gymnastics team — which was awarded the gold medal in the women’s all-around finals at the Olympics in Rio on Aug. 9. In her 2012 memoir, In Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, Douglas wrote that her […]

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  • Features Ben-Gurion University Institute Tackles Water Shortages, Hygiene in Developing Countries

    Ben-Gurion University Institute Tackles Water Shortages, Hygiene in Developing Countries

    JNS.org – Israeli water experts believe that by 2050, almost half of the world’s population will live in countries with a chronic water shortage. What’s causing the shortfall is population growth, which leads to a greater demand for food, increased pollution and climate instability, according to Prof. Noam Weisbrod, director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) in the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In Israel’s Negev Desert, which has long been plagued […]

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