Jewish Journal

Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

Maccabi Tel-Aviv, less than a minute before the grand victory.

Go, Maccabi!

On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi clinched a 3-1 quarterfinal series win over Olimpia Milano with an 86-66 victory at Nokia Arena, which was far tougher than the final score indicates.

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Party on!

Matador Network and USA TODAY ranked the top 15 beach party destinations in the world. Our very own Tel-Aviv, which was ranked before as “top Startup city” and “world’s best gay destination,” came in first place. “Business licensing is lax here, which means there's always a new hotspot on the scene, with new clubs sometimes literally popping up overnight.” So when are you coming to party?

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Welcoming back bread

Last Monday night was all about the Mimouna. This North African tradition, celebrating the end of Passover, has become a nation-wide celebration, sweeping even our most distinguished politicians. As part of the celebration, lasting through sundown on Tuesday, families open up their homes to guests and provide leavened products - prohibited during Passover -  such as bread, cakes and various other delicacies.

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The record and the drug test scandal

The latest scandal in Israel, involving the possibility of a new 100-meter dash record, shook up many athletics fans. Last Saturday, 22 year-old Olga Lensky broke Israel’s 100-meter dash record, at a minor sporting event, the Maccabi Edelson Championships. She was later scheduled to take a doping test, at the behest of the Israel National Anti-Doping Organization, part of the Israeli Olympic Committee. However, the athlete left the country on Sunday at short notice claiming she needed to visit her critically ill grandmother in Ukraine. Upon her return, she will face a hearing, and the possibility that the new record, 42 years after the current one was set, will not be uphold.

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The amazing archeological finding, going back to the Second Temple Era

The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) has made an extraordinary archaeological finding, uncovering a Second Temple Era 15cm long iron chisel, which may have served the builders of the Second Temple. The same dig also unveiled cooking utensils, weapons from the Roman Empire, and a golden bell that could have been used by priests in the temple.

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Most innovative

Ten Israeli companies — Checkmarx, Magisto, Feedvisor, ThetaRay, B.I.S. Advanced Software, Extreme Reality, justAd, MassiveImpact, Pontis and Safer Place — have been selected as winners of the prestigious 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award. Overall, there were over 30 Israeli companies on the shortlist for the award, which celebrates the most innovative technologies of private companies and entrepreneurs.

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Israeli Filmmakers made it to Cannes

Director Nadav Lapid's new film The Kindergarten Teacher and Filmmaker Shira Geffen's Self Made were chosen to be screened as part of the Cannes Festival Critics Week sidebar. Self Made follows an Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman, on both sides of the Green Line, as a human error cases them to switch places and touch what they really long for on the other side of the border. The Kindergarten Teacher focuses on an educator who discovers a gifted child poet in her kindergarten and decides to rescue his poems from the vulgar and ignorant world around him, and on a boy who has no interest in being rescued.

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Twitter campaign commemorating the Holocaust subverted by Pro-Palestinians

Pro-Palestinian Twitter users on Wednesday subverted an IDF social media campaign aimed at raising awareness about Holocaust survivors, instead using the campaign’s hashtag to promote the Palestinian narrative. The original campaign, followed by the hashtag #wewerehere, were aimed to enjoin users on the social media network to upload photos of Holocaust survivors with their current location in order “to map Holocaust survivors across the world” and “commemorate the memory of the Jews murdered during the Holocaust.”

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The young Israeli man who saved lives

The family of a 24 year-old motorcyclist Nadav Kreiman, who was killed in a road accident during the Passover holiday, agreed to donate his organs for transplant. By doing so, Nadav saved the lives of five others: A heart and kidney were given to a 51-year-old father of three; The other kidney was given to a 29 year-old woman who underwent her third transplant; His lungs went to a 64 year-old man and a 67 year-old man; His liver was donated to a 66-year-old man.

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There’s a new Israeli startup in the game

AnyClip, an Israeli start-up, is now one of the ten biggest video content companies on the Internet. Via its distribution network and unique metadata search engine, AnyClip came in tenth on comScore’s March list of sites with the most unique viewers, just behind content giants Amazon, Vimeo and Turner Digital, the online arm of CNN and affiliated sites.

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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