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Yuri Foreman’s Road Back to the Ring November 7, 2013 4:08 pm

Yuri Foreman’s Road Back to the Ring

JNS.org – Gleason’s Gym has been an integral part of Jewish boxer Yuri Foreman’s...

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...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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