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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...

Palestinians Threaten to Pursue Soccer Sanctions Against Israel May 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Palestinians Threaten to Pursue Soccer Sanctions Against Israel

JNS.org – The Palestinians are threatening to pursue sanctions against Israel at a...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    Jewish ‘Scandal’ Star Says He Remains True to Religious Ritual, Despite Scheduling, Dietary Conflicts

    A star of the hit TV show “Scandal” told the community website Quora.com that, throughout his acting career, he has remained faithful to his Judaism, even when it has caused him to forfeit gigs. Joshua Malina, who plays the character of David Rosen on the ABC political-thriller series, reminisced about his early days in Hollywood, when he had no agent and could only go to open-call auditions. At one of these — a try-out for a commercial — he said he waited on a line that was “maybe a city […]

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  • Arts and Culture Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    The Huffington Post is facing backlash after joking about a Jewish comedian’s  appearance at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night. Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky took part in Nick Jonas’ performance of his song “Bacon,” staged in a New York diner — in a cameo role as a waiter throwing a handful of bacon in the air. Commenting on the show, the Huffington Post tweeted, “not thrilled at the fat jew [he] wasted all that perfectly good bacon!!!!!!” The message angered many Twitter users, who thought the joke […]

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  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA earlier […]

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  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

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  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

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  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

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  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

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