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 By Alan Zeitlin    News    November 25, 2022

Former VP Mike Pence: Israel's fight is our fight

(JNS) — “We stand with Israel because her cause is our cause,” former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said, addressing Tuesday night’s Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York gala in Manhattan. “Her values are our values. Her fight...

 

Delis may be dying, but they remain alive in our hearts

(JNS) - Which is more important: pastrami or making love?  This was a question that George Costanza, played by Jewish actor Jason Alexander, grappled with on a hilarious episode of "Seinfeld." And,...

 

Mila Kunis tears up in multifaceted talk ranging from family to films

(JNS) - Jewish actress Mila Kunis has charmed millions of fans around the world, but did she charm her way into America? After a screening of her new film "Luckiest Girl Alive" at the 92nd Street Y in...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    News    October 7, 2022

Jewish director says Facebook banning ads for his Holocaust film was shameful

(JNS) — A son of Holocaust survivors is demanding an apology from Facebook for blocking ads for his newly-released film “Beautiful Blue Eyes.” British filmmaker Joshua Newton said the tech giant’s move hurt his film, which was released in...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    July 8, 2022

Toronto rabbi dishes on being in a Drake music video

(JNS) - If he isn't already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a single video. The Brazil-born Sitnik, 52, appears at the beginning of D...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 24, 2022

Back in blue: Hit Jewish rock group of decades ago is reuniting

(JNS) - It's not quite New Kids on the Block getting back together, but it's still meaningful. When Blue Fringe released "My Awakening" in 2003, frontman Dov Rosenblatt had no idea that it would sell...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 24, 2022

'Tehran' pumps up the adrenaline for a show worth watching

(JNS) - Being a Mossad operative in Iran isn't a job for the faint of heart. Viewers get a sense of such intensity watching "Tehran" on Apple TV+, a show that will keep them on the edge of their...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 3, 2022

Does Netflix's 'Beauty Queen of Jerusalem' live up to the hype?

(JNS) - When Michael Aloni's agent told him about "The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem," he was a bit confused. "Since when is there a beauty pageant in Jerusalem?" Aloni recalled asking at the time, at an...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 3, 2022

A fair case for 'The Staircase?'

(JNS) - David Rudolf is one of the most heralded defense attorneys in America with numerous awards. More importantly, he says, is that he has helped fight for innocent people and tried to make sure...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    May 6, 2022

Children in crosshairs: The lasting, chilling effect of the Führer

(JNS) - The small Jewish boy from Berlin stood a few meters from Adolf Hitler. He waved the salute, ran away and told his parents. Shaken and called crazy for wanting to leave to go to a desert -...

 

Modern Orthodox high school student makes top 24 contestants in 'American Idol'

(JNS) - If Danielle Finn had to choose between her faith and her dreams, it would have been a bummer. In her initial tryout on Zoom, the 17-year-old senior at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles told...

 

Legendary Jewish comedian Gilbert Gottfried remembered for his edgy humor

(JNS) - The first joke Gilbert Gottfried remembers making is when he was on his couch at about 4 years old. "When does the roller coaster start?" he recounts himself saying in his memoir "Rubber Ball...

 

These Passover pancake noodles are better than matzah balls

(JNS) - With larger numbers of family and friends expected at Passover seders this year as COVID numbers have gone down, hosts seem to be going all out this year with the homemade cooking, especially...

 

A Bukharian trades in his Wall Street job to make pickles

(JNS) - When the pandemic hit, Edward Ilyasov was in a bit of a pickle. The 29-year-old resident of Queens, N.Y., had submitted his letter of resignation with plans to travel the world, starting with...

 

Netflix short film, 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis,' leaves viewers cringing

(JNS) - It was basically the complete opposite of what they expected. A group of German Jews who fled Hitler and Nazi Germany, and who signed up to be American soldiers, wanted to exact revenge....

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    News    June 4, 2021

Two Israelis retell how they battled against attack by pro-Palestinians in New York City

(JNS) - Snir Dayan and Amit Skornik were hoping for a quiet bagel breakfast last week on a typical day in New York City. But instead, a group of pro-Palestinian protestors tried to punch some holes...

 

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