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Brad Ausmus, Former Israeli Baseball Coach, to be Named MLB Manager November 3, 2013 3:11 pm

Brad Ausmus, Former Israeli Baseball Coach, to be Named MLB Manager

The Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team is set to hire Brad Ausmus as its new manager,...

Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel are First Israelis to Face Each Other in NBA Game November 3, 2013 2:59 pm

Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel are First Israelis to Face Each Other in NBA Game

JNS.org – Last Friday’s National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Houston...

Wilt Chamberlain’s Jewish Role Models October 14, 2013 9:28 am

Wilt Chamberlain’s Jewish Role Models

JNS.org – With the 2013-14 National Basketball Association season set to begin Oct....

Yom Kippur Conflict Cuts Guests From Wedding of Basketball Star LeBron James This Weekend September 10, 2013 2:03 pm

Yom Kippur Conflict Cuts Guests From Wedding of Basketball Star LeBron James This Weekend

Good thing for NBA superstar LeBron James that he plays in an era when Jewish representation...

Remembering the NFL’s Legendary Jewish Coaches Sid Gillman and Marv Levy September 4, 2013 12:57 am

Remembering the NFL’s Legendary Jewish Coaches Sid Gillman and Marv Levy

JNS.org – Growing up in a tough Minneapolis neighborhood, Sid Gillman overcame anti-Semitism...

Israeli Woman Takes Gold at Judo World Championship September 1, 2013 11:48 am

Israeli Woman Takes Gold at Judo World Championship

JNS.org - Israeli Yarden Gerbi took the women’s gold in the 63-kilogram division at the...

Ryan Braun Admits to Using Performance Enhancing Drugs August 25, 2013 11:02 am

Ryan Braun Admits to Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

JNS.org – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun—the former Most Valuable Player...

Formula One and Race Cars Come to Israel August 15, 2013 8:36 am

Formula One and Race Cars Come to Israel

JNS.org - There is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish. Not only...

Israel’s Davis Cup Team Fined 10,000 Euros for Refusing to Play on Yom Kippur August 14, 2013 8:58 am

Israel’s Davis Cup Team Fined 10,000 Euros for Refusing to Play on Yom Kippur

In the world of organized sports, religion and athletics can often collide. The Israeli female...

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...

Maccabiah Games Successfully Close With Top Israeli Musicians July 31, 2013 6:21 am

Maccabiah Games Successfully Close With Top Israeli Musicians

The official closing show of the Maccabiah Games on Tuesday night, July 30, was a huge success...

Jewish Boxer Yuri Foreman Wins Third Comeback Fight by Unanimous Decision July 25, 2013 3:20 pm

Jewish Boxer Yuri Foreman Wins Third Comeback Fight by Unanimous Decision

Former WBA world junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, continued his successful comeback...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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