Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 29, 2013 | 12:10 pm

Green Pilgrimage in the Holy City

This week hundreds of people from all over the world, gathered in Jerusalem for the first international symposium on green and accessible pilgrimage.
The conference highlighted ideas such as sustainable urban and economic development, eco-tourism and equal sharing of the public domain, as the participants experienced things such as "eco-cinema" (a solar-powered movie broadcast on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City), panel discussions, environmentally-themed walking tours, and a joint session  held by a rabbi, a priest and an imam.

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From Sweden to Jerusalem, by foot

A part of the environmental awareness issues highlighted in the "green" conference in Jerusalem was walking tourism. One of the participants, as it turns out, has already taken this into  account. In November 2012, 39-year-old Jorgen Nilsson left his home in Sweden and embarked on a 2,800-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and arrived just in time for the conference.

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Lag Ba'Omer celebrations

Last night, we celebrated Lag Ba'Omer, the Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular Israeli Jews, Lag Ba'Omer is all about lighting bonfires, roasting marshmallow, and having fun until the crack of dawn. But for many religious Jews, there is much more to this holiday, which marks the passing of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

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UK Jews criticizing the BBC

As the BBC welcomes James Harding (former Times editor) as its new director of current affairs, a report based on an online poll by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, found that nearly 4 out of 5 Jews living in the UK believe the network is biased against Israel. Will this biased policy change when Harding will hold the reins?

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Israel high-tech firms continue to lead the economy

The Israel Venture Capital (IVC) Research Center announced this week that in the first quarter of 2013, Israeli high-tech firms raised $474 million in venture capital, continuing to be key drivers of the economy, helping to spur growth of 3.2 percent in 2012, and expected to a similar growth in 2013.

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Vuboo- the new virtual stadium

A new Israeli start-up, Vuboo, is a virtual stadium, which enables the engagement of sports fans, by providing them the perfect app where they can take an active part in supporting their team during the match. With Vuboo, soccer/baseball/football/basketball fans can experience the games socially, as the app gives live updates of who kicked for a goal, how far, who blocked and who didn’t, who passed to whom, who’s in the penalty box, and so on, and the fans can cheer ("Vuvu") or  or boo an event, player, team, etc.

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Alex Shatilov took home the gold

Alex Shatilov, an Israeli gymnast, who finished sixth in the same exercise at the London Olympics, and is considered one of Israel’s great medal hopes for Rio in 2016, won gold in the floor exercise of the European Championships in Moscow last week. Shatilov’s exercise was ranked 6.4 on the difficulty scale and he finished with 15.333 points, to tie Great Britain’s Max Whitlock for gold in the final. Shatilov previously won silver in 2010 and bronze twice − in 2009 and 2011 − at the European Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

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Arshanski took home the bronze

Tommy Arshansky, considered one of Israel's biggest judo talents, came in third place at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary this Thursday, taking home the bronze medal. Arshansky lost to Britain’s Ashley McKenzie in the quarterfinals of the under-60 kilogram competition on Thursday, but beat Czech Pavel Petrikov in the first round of the Repechage before defeating Yanislav Gerchev of Bulgaria with an ippon with 16 seconds remaining in the fight for the bronze medal.

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Roger Waters goes back and forth and back again

After calling musicians to boycott Israel (and succeeding at times,) until the Israeli government "ends the occupation of the Palestinian people," and after being quoted saying he is rethinking that position, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is claiming he was misinterpreted, and is still calling on musicians to boycott Israel.

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Tel- Aviv becomes an Absolut city

It has been announced that Tel-Aviv will join the "Absolut Cities" limited edition of Absolut Vodka. The respected list of "Absolut Cities- international edition" includes London, Rio, Vancouver, Istanbul, Moscow, Mexico and Polakom. The Absolut Tel Aviv bottle will be designed by artist Nir Peled, who uses the professional name Pilpeled.

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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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