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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...

Ryan Braun, Former MVP, Suspended by Baseball for Drug Violations July 24, 2013 12:01 am

Ryan Braun, Former MVP, Suspended by Baseball for Drug Violations

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

Maccabiah Games: Uniting Jews from Near and Far July 23, 2013 3:09 am

Maccabiah Games: Uniting Jews from Near and Far

Every four years, the Maccabiah Games, the world’s third largest sporting competition (after...

Israeli Lacrosse Team to Forfeit Chance at Title Due to Shabbat July 21, 2013 7:23 am

Israeli Lacrosse Team to Forfeit Chance at Title Due to Shabbat

JNS.org - This story was originally published by the Washington Jewish Week The Israeli...

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

    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 crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship. He couldn’t survive the heats. He didn’t make the start line. He was devastated—and he had no one with whom to share his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointment. His divorced parents still live in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    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 that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    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 Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

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

    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 Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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