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January 31, 2018 1:17 pm

Viewing Israel’s Many Facets Through a Jeweler’s Lens

JNS.org - “I wanted to write about all generations, one century, several families and [several] cities,” says Israeli author Moshe Sakal, describing the ambitious initial outline for...

January 11, 2018 2:27 pm

Israeli Culinary Journalist Gil Hovav’s Memoir Is a Heartwarming and Earnest ‘Slice of Life’

JNS.org - Honest cooking and sincere storytelling rely on similar ingredients: tradition, love, humor and spice, among others. These components are found throughout Candies from Heaven,...

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...


Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Actor David Schwimmer Bond Over Having Critical Jewish Mothers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor David Schwimmer bonded on Friday over their shared...


Knesset Caucus Celebrates ‘Faith-Based Diplomacy’ to Honor Christian Allies

JNS.org - Members of the Knesset celebrated the role of “faith-based diplomacy” in President...

Ebay: Israelis Are World’s Second-Largest Online Shoppers

JNS.org - Israel was the world’s second-largest online commerce consumer per capita in 2017 -- second only to China -- according to e-commerce giant eBay. Israelis bought products...


British Labour Activist Who Called Jews ‘Zios’ Expelled From Party; Jew...

Jewish groups in Britain are hailing the Labour Party’s expulsion on Sunday of a virulent anti-Israel activist, but warned that...


Israeli Political Leader Lapid on Polish Holocaust Law: ‘On the Verge...

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid continued his war of words with the Polish government on Monday, comparing a new Polish...

Middle East

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Threatens Israeli Gas and Oil Rigs: We Are Capable ...

JNS.org - Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Feb. 16 that “if the Lebanese Higher Defense Council makes an...