Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 28, 2013 | 10:50 am

Never Again

Yesterday, January 27th, the world mentioned the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day reminds us all of the horrible, systematic death of 6 million, for no reason other than their beliefs. This day reminds us all to always remember and never forget.

Read more here.


Israeli-American Idol

Some say American Idol is an overcooked meat, but to many Israelis, season 12 of the hit singing contest is set to be the most interesting one so far. Shira Gavrielov, daughter of singer Miki Gavrielov, had a couple of hit songs in Israel, and was on her way to the local top when she decided to go to the Big Apple and make her music there. She applied for American Idol, and her audition was aired on the season's first episode a couple of weeks ago. Shira performed like a star, and got the golden ticket to Hollywood. Now, all of Israel is behind her, crossing fingers and hoping to see her becoming the next American Idol.

Read more here.

Watch Shira's audition

A cloud of birds

If you happened to be in the Negev area in Israel last week, you probably spotted a big black cloud in a non-stop motion. This cloud was assembled by a flock of starlings, who returned in its glory to Israel, after 20 years of absence.

Read more and see pictures of the flock-cloud here.


Playboy is coming to Israel

After it was banned for publication by the Ultra-Orthodox community for decades, Playboy magazine is about to be issued in a blue and white edition. The male-oriented publication, which was originally founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953, will be released here in print and online with both Israeli and international content.

Read more here.


Anne Frank's diary adjusting to 21st century

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank is the starting point for many teachers, inside Israel and abroad, when teaching about the Holocaust. Frank's diary,  which she wrote while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, became a must-read influential masterpiece, and a best-seller. This book became an integral component of Holocaust teaching, as it describes the most unthinkable time in history through the eyes of a young girl. Now, a new iPad and Nook app presents a tablet version of the book which includes interactive links, videos, voice-overs and historical background along with never-before released material supplied by the Switzerland-based Anne Frank Foundation.

Read more here.


In memory of Columbia

It's been 10 years now since the Space Shuttle, Columbia, did not land. It's been 10 years since that countdown we've all seen on television, expecting the first Israeli Astronaut, Ilan Ramon to return home. That countdown, which suddenly ended, without Ramon and his cast smiling and waving. 10 years since we all suddenly started to cry. In memory of the Columbia Astronauts, 14 leaders of the world's most important space agencies will arrive in Israel this month to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster and the death of the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

Read more here.


Tu Bishvat's beauty

In honor of Tu Bishvat, photojournalist Yehoshua Halevi captured blossoming Israel, and posted the results in Jerusalem post.

Take a look at some of his most beautiful almond tree photos here.


Intucell Ltd to be purchased by Cisco

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, agreed to buy mobile network company Intucell Ltd. The very successful Israeli originated company is based in Raanana, Israel (my hometown). According to reports, Intucell will be purchased for about 475 million Dollars. 

Read more here.


UK football players visit Auschwitz

A Holocaust educational video showing members of England’s football team touring Auschwitz is set to be distributed to secondary schools and colleges as part of the UK-based Holocaust Education Trust’s legacy project.

Read more here.


Chuck Norris says: vote Netanyahu!

“Shalom, this is Chuck Norris. With the elections just days away, Israel has an important decision to make, so let me tell you what Chuck would do,” As many Israeli celebrities and artists of all kinds chose to not publicly support one party or another prior to the election, "Walker, Texas Ranger" decided to express his support for his favorite nominee for Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. The video of the announcement was funded and produced by JDPR, an Israeli public relations firm. Now I wonder if it was Norris's announcement that helped Netanyahu win last week's election…

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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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