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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...

April 25, 2016 7:00 am

Real Estate Moguls Find ‘Unpolished Diamond’ in Akko, Mixed Jewish-Arab City

JNS.org - Muhammad Abu Marwan takes me through the refined, artsy living room of “Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center” in the Old City of Acre...

February 25, 2016 7:15 am

A Lightning ‘Boldt’ of German Support for Israel

JNS.org - Andreas Boldt can’t help but effuse praise and love for Israel with seemingly any chance he gets — with his kids, too. In some...

February 11, 2016 7:17 am

Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

JNS.org - Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations...

January 29, 2016 4:54 am

Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

JNS.org - Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills...

October 29, 2015 7:25 am

A Day in Rahat: The Bedouin Capital of the World

JNS.org - Liat Cohen is a seasoned member of an organization called Ma’agalim-Halkat (“Cycles” in Hebrew), which arranges visits between Jews and Arabs. Yet she admitted...


Jewish Giants Player Talks About Judaism, His Hebrew Tattoo and Kosher Food Cravings

An offensive lineman for the New York Giants talked about his Jewish heritage, Hebrew...

New Musical in New York Recalls Masada

In the 1500s, the Spaniards invaded Puerto Rico, enslaving and slaughtering the native Taíno people -- some of whom chose to escape...


Halamish Terror Attack Signals New Escalation of Violence

JNS.org - A Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed an Israeli father and two of his adult children on Friday night in the...

US Jewish Leaders From Right to Left Back Metal Detectors on Temple Mount

JNS.org - There is a broad consensus among American Jewish leaders in support of...

Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing

Canadian authorities have stripped two former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America's Canada...


Mother of Halamish Terrorist Arrested on Incitement Charges

JNS.org - Israeli soldiers arrested the mother of Palestinian terrorist Omar al-Abed on Tuesday on charges of “aggravated incitement,” following her son’s fatal stabbing of an Israeli father and two of...

Middle East

Turkey’s President Erdogan Urges All Muslims to ‘Visit’ a...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over...