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ARTICLES BY: Orit Arfa / JNS.org

August 30, 2018 9:23 am

Berlin Falafel Wars: A Microcosm of Changing Sentiment Towards Jews in Germany?

JNS.org - A small protest in Germany’s capital city on August 11 revealed a cross-section of national attitudes towards Jews and Israel, and perhaps a...

July 25, 2018 11:22 am

Seeking a Jewish Revival in Berlin

JNS.org - Religious Zionists are usually the last types of Israelis to visit Berlin, let alone live there. As staunch nationalists loyal to the Jewish homeland,...

December 22, 2017 12:04 pm

Anti-Israel Protests and Terror Threats Test German Officials

JNS.org - On December 19, the bells of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church went off at 8:02 p.m., the exact time last year when a Tunisian...

December 20, 2017 10:31 am

Hanukkah and Christmas Lights Intertwine in Former Nazi Hotbed

JNS.org - Most residents of Tübingen, Germany, probably don’t even know that the local “synagogenplatz” (synagogue plaza) even exists. The rusted memorial to the synagogue -- which burned...

August 22, 2017 3:00 pm

Jewish Beard Growers Strive to Be the Face of Global Facial Hair Showdown

JNS.org - Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim Hoffmann when they enter. He always asks them to leave their backpacks at...

April 20, 2017 3:32 pm

Lost And Not Found: The Unknown Fate of Jews’ Everyday Possessions Looted by the Nazis

JNS.org - At an antiques flea market in Berlin, one stand has two Hanukkah menorahs for sale. The husky, white-haired merchant wearing a Soviet hammer-and-sickle pin said one of...

January 26, 2017 8:21 am

German Agency Helps Families Learn About Nazi Family Ties

JNS.org - While the annual commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day gives voice to the victims of the Nazi atrocities, can this also be a day for...

December 13, 2016 3:47 am

European Christian Groups Shine Light on Israeli Counter-Terrorism Expertise

JNS.org - On December 8, in the heart of the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels, pro-Israel Christian organizations sought to convey practical advice from Israel...

November 21, 2016 8:26 am

Ordinary Palestinians Respond With Apathy to the American Election

JNS.org - Anyone reeling from the American presidential election results might want to take comfort in the laid-back attitude of some Palestinian civilians. At two competing Palestinian-owned...

September 15, 2016 5:17 am

What Can Germany Learn From Israel’s Diversity?

JNS.org - With a spate of ISIS-inspired “lone wolf” terrorist attacks that shocked Germany this summer, German media analysts are increasingly looking to Israel as an example...

August 10, 2016 6:47 am

With Antisemitism Rising in Germany, Jewish Groups Encourage Victims to Speak Up

JNS.org - In the summer of 2015, on the streets of Berlin, a gang of drunks approached an Israeli and German woman, who were speaking Hebrew,...

July 25, 2016 3:16 am

As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

JNS.org - Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes...

June 15, 2016 12:47 pm

Summer in Berlin, From West to East

JNS.org - The unofficial status of Berlin and Tel Aviv as sister cities is easy to understand. Both cities are drenched with nightlife, culture, and cafés....

June 5, 2016 6:08 am

‘Bizarre’ and ‘Trashy’ are Exemplary at Israeli-Founded Awards Show in Berlin (VIDEO)

JNS.org - “Most bizarre” and “most trashy” are just some of the categories that made the 5th annual Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVAs) stand out. The weekend-long...


Israel’s Other Founding Fathers and a Vanquished World

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019). “Time...

Supermodel Karlie Kloss Confirms She Converted to Judaism Before Marrying Joshua Kushner

Supermodel Karlie Kloss confirmed for the first time publicly that she...

A Ballad in the Key of Four Generations of Survival

JNS.org - This is deeply personal. But what I have experienced should resonate with the entire Jewish community — the one...


Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel

JNS.org - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...


Sources: US-Backed Forces Capture Syria Suspects Tied to American Deaths

US-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, US officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the deadliest...


Israeli Campaign Ad Seeks to Make Political Point With ‘Fascism’...

An election campaign video starring Israel's right-wing justice minister spoofs perfume ads to sell her political priorities, but has a strong...

Middle East

Turkey Escalates Crackdown on Dissent Six Years After Gezi Protests

Unzile Aksakoglu struggles to explain to her seven-year-old daughter why her father Yigit has spent four months in jail and may never leave, because of his alleged role in mass...