Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 14, 2013 | 2:00 pm

How expensive is Tel-Aviv's food?

According to the 2013 Corporate Travel Index, Tel-Aviv is the 24th most expensive city in terms of the total cost per night for business people, out of 100 cities checked. However, while Tel-Aviv's hotel prices were ranked in the 17th place, the high-quality food turned out  to be not so expensive, balancing the expensive business visits prices…In case you were wondering, the most expensive city (US cities not included) is Tokyo…

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Would you wear a dress made by an anti-Semite?

Moran Mazor, the Israeli singer to represent us at the Eurovision singing contest, has made a deal with the famous designer John Galliano, to wear a dress designed by him at the contest. However, since Galliano has publicly made racist and anti-Semitic comments in the past, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has prohibited Mazor to wear his dress while representing Israel.

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A poster to commemorate the Holocaust

The Yad Vashem memorial center and the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs have initiated a poster design competition to commemorate the victims of the holocaust. Out of 108 posters, the judges chose Dea Giladi's (23) design. Her poster shows a tree with deep roots, whose branches have been cut off.

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Is Ireland supporting Israel boycott?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on the government of Ireland to publicly reiterate its opposition to boycotts of Israel in response to the decision by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

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Anti Semitism 2.0

The internet has provided us with tools to pass and spread information in almost no time. But while most of us make good use of the "information era," many haters go online and spread words of hatred and lies. "Kill a Jew day," holocaust denials and Jewish conspiracies, all being spread to innocent, clueless people, who believe the lies they see and hear. We must fight back. We must provide a proper answer.

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HBO telling one of the many stories of the Holocaust

This Friday, American television channel HBO aired a full-length film about a couple who saved  dozens of Jewish children from the Holocaust in 1939. The documentary is called “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus." The film, narrated by Alan Alda and Mamie Gummer ,  tells the inspiring story of an American couple from Philadelphia that went into the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, risking their personal safely to save 50 Jewish children from the Shoah.

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When Chinease cinema and Israeli scenery meet

A well-known Chinese production company is set to shoot scenes in Israel this month for a Chinese epic called “Old Cinderella,” which is expected to be a blockbuster movie thanks to stars such as Zhang Jingchu (“Rush Hour 3”) and director Lu Chuan. The production team chose Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea as their locations.

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A wave of good musical news!

After it has been announced that Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna will perform in Israel this year, another name adds to the list! After performing in Israel four years ago, British pop duo The Pet Shop Boys is returning  this summer for one concert at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on June 23.

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How Israel is helping to save our planet

Since 1948, Israel has set itself a task of finding creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. To celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday, ISRAEL21c looks at some of the best achievements. On the list: assistance after the earthquake in Haiti, aggregation technologies, first wildlife law-enforcement NGO in Africa, and more…

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LA celebrities celebrating Israel independence day

For Israel's 65th birthday, celebrated tomorrow, the local consulate in LA has decided to divert from the tradition of a holiday reception, and instead offer pro-Israel celebrities in the West Coast of the United States a taste of Israeli wine and gourmet food. The event will be attended by actor Sean Penn, film producer Harvey Weinstein, musician David Foster, tennis player Tommy Haas, "Homeland" creator Howard Gordon, the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers basketball teams, the owners of the Nordstrom fashion chain, the owners of California Pizza Kitchen, Israeli producer Haim Saban and dozens of heads of production companies and PR agencies in Hollywood.

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Shahar Pe'er advancing

Shahar Pe'er, the Israeli tennis player ranked 118th in the world, advanced to her first WTA Tour quarterfinal since January 2012 on Thursday, beating Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-3 to reach the last eight in Katowice, Poland.

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Israel Technion ranked high in entrepreneurship and innovation

A survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ranked the Israeli Technion in sixth place in the world for entrepreneurship and innovation. The survey aimed to identify the most innovative universities around the world, and the Technion was one of only two of the top 10 universities worldwide outside the US and Europe.

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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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