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Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams August 26, 2015 5:41 pm

Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will...

Top Israeli Basketball Team to Take on NBA Giants Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies August 9, 2015 12:48 pm

Top Israeli Basketball Team to Take on NBA Giants Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies

Leading Israeli basketball team Maccabi Haifa will travel to the U.S. in October to take on...

Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag July 20, 2015 5:14 pm

Israeli Muslim Cage Fighter Says He’s Proud to Fight Under Jewish State’s Flag

A 32-year-old Circassian Israeli Muslim Mixed Martial Arts fighter from Abu Ghosh says he...

49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets July 15, 2015 11:12 am

49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

New 49ers running back and Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne apologized on Wednesday for...

Jewish Groups Enraged After New 49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Claims That Jews Killed Jesus July 10, 2015 12:25 pm

Jewish Groups Enraged After New 49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Claims That Jews Killed Jesus

Former Australian rugby player and 2014 NFL grab Jarryd Hayne grabbed headlines and angered...

Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy July 7, 2015 2:26 pm

Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

JNS.org – Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase...

Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku June 22, 2015 12:31 pm

Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver...

Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6 June 17, 2015 2:13 pm

Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season...

Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals June 14, 2015 10:02 pm

Israelis Venture to Cleveland for NBA Finals

JNS.org – The people who sat in seats one and two of row 12, section 120 at Quicken...

Jewish-Owned American Pharoah Ends Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Drought June 7, 2015 12:29 pm

Jewish-Owned American Pharoah Ends Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Drought

JNS.org – American Pharoah, a horse owned by an Egyptian-born Jew, on Saturday won...

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces Resignation on Heels of Corruption Scandal June 3, 2015 9:33 am

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces Resignation on Heels of Corruption Scandal

Sepp Blatter, who led world soccer’s governing body for 17 years and who was regarded as...

Report: ‘Minyan’ Prayer Quorum Gathers at New York Rangers Games June 1, 2015 3:54 pm

Report: ‘Minyan’ Prayer Quorum Gathers at New York Rangers Games

A prayer quorum of at least 10 Jewish men, known as a minyan, gathers at every New York Rangers...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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