Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), demanded that Rivers will apologize for her "vulgar and hideous" remark, but the comedian refused.

Read more here and here.


CamMe- bringing gesture tech to smartphones

Israeli 2D gesture technology company Pointgrab, developed the first full-fledged gesture app for iPhones and iPads. CamMe, which was unveiled this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, lets users take time-delayed photos using gestures.

Read more here.


And the Israeli Beauty Queen of 2013 is…

Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, 21, a former IDF officer, was crowned Miss Israel 2013 on Wednesday night. That night, besides from earning the title of a beauty queen, Aynaw also made history by becoming the first Ethiopian-born woman who has won the beauty pageant.

Read more here.


Jerusalem's icy spectacular!

I hope you are planning on visiting Jerusalem in the next couple of months, because the second International Ice Festival has started, and it is even more impressive than last year's. With the creations of sculptors from all over the world, this icy spectacular is a must see!

Read more here.

Israeli start-up to minimize the danger on the roads

The Israeli company, Accel Telecom, came up with a way for us drivers to drive a bit more safely, even in the "smartphone age". The new car-smartphone device, according to Accel, will enable drivers to use their smartphones while on the road much more safely than with regular smartphones.

Read more here.


The Maccabiah's torch continues its journey across Israel

The torch relay began at the Maccabi tombs near the city of Modi’in on December 13 and will end at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 18 with the lighting of the Maccabiah flame at the opening ceremony. This week basketball legend Tal Brody and former pole vault European champion Alex Averbukh celebrated Purim while carrying the torch.

Read more here.


Israeli parking app comes to New York

The app, named Pango, is used by almost every Israeli who parks in parkless Tel-Aviv. Now, it is only reasonable for this invention to make its way to USA's busiest city, enabling drivers to reserve a parking spot and have their car paid for and prepared by valet at the end of the night.

Read more here.


Harlem Shake is taking over Israeli students
Just like the rest of the world, Israel was taken over by Harlem Shake. Here are some of Israel's finest University students'' performances:

The modern Orthodox version:

The IDC version:

The Tel-Aviv University version:


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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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