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Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO) April 27, 2015 9:57 am

Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy...

Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media April 22, 2015 3:26 pm

Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article...

Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener April 22, 2015 2:53 pm

Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on...

Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time April 22, 2015 10:56 am

Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s...

Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online April 16, 2015 7:19 am

Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation...

Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish? March 18, 2015 1:44 am

Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish...

Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman March 13, 2015 4:54 pm

Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball...

Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat March 1, 2015 1:25 am

Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to...

Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday February 1, 2015 5:46 pm

Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

JNS.org – I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at...

Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs October 13, 2014 7:32 am

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...

Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition October 13, 2014 7:27 am

Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per...

NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel October 8, 2014 2:42 pm

NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local...

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    A delegation of 35 Jewish fashion industry mavens from around the world will travel to Israel later this month to “discover the chic side” of the country, 5 Town Jewish Times reported. The eight-day tour, organized by the Maryland-based Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, will include visits to key fashion sites and meetings with some of the country’s top fashion designers, merchandisers and marketers. Participants will also attend a JWRP Fashion Week event in Tel Aviv. JWRP said the trip is […]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Pro golfer Laetitia Beck said she is honored to have been selected to represent Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil largely because of her grandparents, who survived the Holocaust. “Everywhere I go, I want people to know where I’m from, my background and where my family came from because of the struggle they had to go through,” she told the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “Every week when I play and I see the Israeli flag, it brings me a lot […]

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