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October 17, 2017 2:28 pm

From Start-Up Nation to Ramp-Up Nation: Israel’s New Approach to Innovation

JNS.org - Dan Senor and Saul Singer’s 2009 book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, first captured Israel’s chutzpah-driven culture of innovation. The book...

September 7, 2017 1:37 pm

Israeli Novel ‘Three Floors Up’ Gives English Readers a Page-Turner

JNS.org - “A wonderful fact to reflect upon ... when I enter a great city by night, [is] that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its...

April 20, 2017 4:33 pm

Israeli Entrepreneurs See a Bright Future for Solar Technology

JNS.org - In October 2016, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled Powerwall II, a high-performance rechargeable battery powered by a solar roof. This new technology looks like...

March 15, 2017 6:34 am

Basketball’s ‘Jewish Jordan’ Runs Summer Camp

JNS.org - For years, Jewish basketball aficionados have adored Tamir Goodman. The same can now be said for Jewish summer campers. Goodman, who was nicknamed the “Jewish...

January 10, 2017 1:26 pm

Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews Favor Settlement Construction, Consider Obama ‘Unfriendly’ to Israel

JNS.org - A new survey published in the aftermath of the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which passed after the Obama administration refused...

January 4, 2017 5:37 am

New Film Tells Story of Israeli Basketball Triumph Over Soviets

JNS.org - The stakes could not have been higher when Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team faced its heavily favored rival, the Russian CSKA Moscow squad,...

December 26, 2016 7:37 am

A New Documentary Shows the Extent and Nature of Anti-Zionist ‘Hate Spaces’ on Campus

JNS.org - Americans for Peace and Tolerance’s (APT) new documentary, Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus, explores the roots of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...

November 28, 2016 10:58 am

Baptist Pastor Unearths His Father’s Holocaust Heroism in Wartime Diaries

JNS.org -- Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured during the Battle of the...

July 21, 2016 12:49 pm

Seeking to Make Content ‘More Alive,’ E-Book Publishing Tool Takes Off in Israel

JNS.org - In the era of e-books, tech and publishing companies compete aggressively for market share. The fierce legal battles among Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble,...

July 15, 2016 7:36 am

‘This Is Our Moment of Real Zionism’

JNS.org - Russell F. Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), believes that Israel has reached an important milestone in its development as a nation. “I...

July 1, 2016 3:15 am

As Jews ‘Forever Remain the Outsider,’ New York Group Teaches Self-defense

JNS.org - “Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,’” Ron Miller, a prospective member of the Legion, New...

May 19, 2016 11:26 am

Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

JNS.org - Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s...

April 1, 2016 6:42 am

In ‘My Fat Dad,’ Wisdom Balances Recipes and Relationships

JNS.org - “A good relationship, like a good recipe, requires balance — three cups of wisdom to every one cup of sugar,” says Beauty, Jewish author...

March 22, 2016 7:07 am

New York Summit Advances Hispanic Christians’ Pro-Israel Momentum

JNS.org - Navigating security at the Consulate General of Israel in New York requires patience, but visitors attending the recent Latino-Jewish roundtable discussion at that venue...


A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Miss Israel, Miss Iraq Find ‘Peace and Love’ Amid Mideast Tensions

JNS.org – In a rare sign of Middle East solidarity, Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman and...

Israeli Soccer Star Named Most Valuable Player in Chinese League

JNS.org – Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi was named this year’s most valuable player in the Chinese Super League (CSL) last...


Former Israeli General and Ex-State Department Official Clash Over Peace Obstacles

JNS.org - A former Israeli general and an ex-State Department official presented sharply differing views...

US Lawmakers Advance Measures to Block Aid to Hamas

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday targeting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The approved measures include the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention...


Rutgers President Defends ‘Academic Freedom’ of Three Professor...

The president of Rutgers University in New Jersey defended the free speech rights of three faculty members who have recently...


Cathay Pacific Airways to Open Israel Office, Upgrade Tel Aviv-Hong Kong Ro...

JNS.org – Cathay Pacific, the flagship airline of Hong Kong, is set to launch an office in Israel as well as...

Middle East

Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parlia...

Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in "flagrant injustice" toward Christians in...