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So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO) August 28, 2014 8:56 am

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...

Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF August 4, 2014 11:12 am

Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight...

LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’ July 24, 2014 1:01 am

LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball...

Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community June 23, 2014 3:59 am

Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked...

Hebrew Heard Throughout Southern Lebanon as Residents Watch World Cup June 19, 2014 12:44 pm

Hebrew Heard Throughout Southern Lebanon as Residents Watch World Cup

“Israeli commentators’ voices in Hebrew can be heard everywhere in south Lebanon;...

Israel’s Peres Hosts LA Lakers Center Pau Gasol, Along With Arab, Jewish Teen Basketball Players June 1, 2014 11:47 am

Israel’s Peres Hosts LA Lakers Center Pau Gasol, Along With Arab, Jewish Teen Basketball Players

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday hosted Pau Gasol, co-captain of the Los Angeles...

After European Title, Maccabi Tel Aviv Coach Intrigued by NBA May 20, 2014 2:15 pm

After European Title, Maccabi Tel Aviv Coach Intrigued by NBA

JNS.org – Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, after guiding the Israeli team...

Jewish Boxing Star Yuri Foreman, First Ever Israeli World Champion, Announces Shock Retirement May 19, 2014 3:54 pm

Jewish Boxing Star Yuri Foreman, First Ever Israeli World Champion, Announces Shock Retirement

Jewish boxing icon Yuri Foreman announced his retirement on Monday ending a 35 fight roller-coaster...

Israel Celebrates as Maccabi Tel Aviv Wins European Basketball Title May 19, 2014 9:22 am

Israel Celebrates as Maccabi Tel Aviv Wins European Basketball Title

JNS.org – Defying most prognosticators, Israeli underdog Maccabi Tel Aviv won its...

Israel’s Maccabi Electra Becomes Europe’s New Basketball Champions May 19, 2014 12:11 am

Israel’s Maccabi Electra Becomes Europe’s New Basketball Champions

MILAN – For 10,000 Israeli fans that filled the Mediolanum Forum Arena in Milan, Italy,...

Kevin Durant Received ‘Triple Rabbi Blessing’ Just Hours Before Powering Thunder to Game 6 Victory May 16, 2014 11:12 am

Kevin Durant Received ‘Triple Rabbi Blessing’ Just Hours Before Powering Thunder to Game 6 Victory

Basketball star Kevin Durant received a “triple rabbi blessing” on Thursday just...

Entourage Producer, Jewish Media Personalities Seek to Disown Donald Sterling May 15, 2014 12:20 pm

Entourage Producer, Jewish Media Personalities Seek to Disown Donald Sterling

Jewish media industry bigwigs took to Twitter this week calling for disgraced Los Angeles...

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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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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