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April 1, 2016 6:42 am
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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
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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...

January 4, 2016 3:06 am
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In 2016, Chabad’s Personal Touch Might Make Largest Strides on Campuses

JNS.org - The Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s robust Internet presence, and its network of emissaries who foster Jewish life in communities ranging from the urban to the remote,...

December 2, 2015 8:48 am
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The Jewish Patch Adams: Medical Clowns’ Work Steeped in Smiles

JNS.org - “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome,” says the...

November 20, 2015 5:38 am
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‘Mentor-Candidate’ Platform Seeks to Provide New Roadmap for Aliyah

JNS.org - Six years ago, Israeli entrepreneur and start-up mentor Raphael Gross made a commitment to his rabbi that he would enable Jews to experience Israel...

October 25, 2015 6:31 am
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‘An Oasis in the Wasteland’ of Investigative Middle East Journalism

JNS.org - What to do about bias on Israel and the Middle East in the mainstream media? Watchdog organizations have been on the case for years,...

July 30, 2015 1:27 pm
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The Iran Deal Does New York

JNS.org - The July 14 announcement of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has drawn much public criticism, praise, and punditry—in the Jewish community...

May 21, 2015 10:40 am
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How Should Pro-Israel Voices Fight for the Jewish State on College Campuses?

JNS.org - Recent ordeals for Jews on college campuses include being probedon their religious identity in student government hearings, seeingswastikas sprayed on fraternity houses, and...

April 23, 2015 10:56 am
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Despite Trauma of War, IDF a Personally Fulfilling Path for Lone Soldiers

JNS.org - Piercing war stories depicting Israel's 50-day conflict with Hamas last summer continue to surface. Some soldier accounts reveal battlefield heroism, others the...

April 2, 2015 12:01 pm
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At Passover, Ukraine’s Jews Bank on JDC Relief Efforts Amid Prolonged Chaos

JNS.org - As Ukraine continues to unravel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) will try to help that country's Jews celebrate as normal...

March 27, 2015 1:02 am
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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...

February 25, 2015 12:31 am
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From Tragedy, Families of Slain Israeli Teens Create the Gift of Unity

JNS.org - "In the Diaspora, people say they can't remember a time when [Jews] came together across denominations," Racheli Frenkel, the mother of one...

February 11, 2015 2:18 pm
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A Frank Conversation on Marriage in Israel With Tzohar’s Rabbi David Stav

JNS.org - I had hardly sat down for my recent meeting with Rabbi David Stav at Manhattan's Wolf & Lamb kosher steakhouse when a...

January 2, 2015 1:15 am
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With New Staff, FIDF Maintains Israeli Soldiers’ Morale in Precarious Times

JNS.org - Israel's tumultuous summer and fall tested the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on many fronts, as a 50-day conflict with Hamas was followed...

Culture

South African Song Paying Tribute to Jerusalem Sparks Viral Dance Challenge

An upbeat gospel-inspired tune from South Africa that pays tribute to the city...

Chassidic Singer to Help Raise Awareness of COVID-19 in Religious Communities

JNS.org - The Trump administration has recruited a Chassidic singer to help raise...

Features

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors

JNS.org - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem

JNS.org - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...

World

Google Pledges to Return ‘More Helpful’ Results After Search fo...

Tech giant Google responded delicately over the weekend after outrage erupted following the revelation that a search on the platform...

Israel

Israelis Brace for Stringent Holiday Lockdown as Daily Tally of Corona Case...

JNS.org - Israelis braced for a strict nationwide lockdown imposed by the government on Friday in an attempt to curb...

Middle East

Palestinians Say Egyptian Fire Killed Two Gaza Fishermen

The bodies of two Palestinian fishermen who Palestinian officials say were shot dead by Egyptian naval forces were returned to Gaza on Saturday, the territory's ruling Islamist group Hamas said. The...

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