Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, thousands of athletes rocked to the tunes of Israeli bands and singers, including Ivri Lider, Balkan Beat Box, The Young Professionals, Orphaned Land, Offer Nissim, Riff Cohen and Infected Mushroom.

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Messi is in the house!

While dealing with speculations about cheating on his wife, Leo Messi, along with the Spanish champion Barcelona soccer team, arrived in Israel on Saturday for what it has branded as the Peace Tour in the Middle East. The team did not play any matches in the region, but did enjoy a tour at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Will they be the ones to bring peace one step closer?

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Israelis abroad- is our behavior really that bad?

The image of Israel is not at its best when it comes to tourism. The Israeli tourist is known for being a bit rude and loud, and at times, embarrassing for fellow Israelis. A survey conducted by the Israeli Goodwill Ambassadors association ahead of the high travel season, asked 503 Israelis about Israeli behavior abroad. Have you ever encountered an Israeli tourist? Do you agree with what is being said in the survey?

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International Puppet Theater Festival is hosted in Jerusalem

During this week, Jerusalem hosts The 22nd International Puppet Theater Festival. In this festival, the capital hosts 125 puppet shows for all audiences, performed by tens of leading puppeteers from the Far East, Europe and Israel.

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Another Israeli actress on her way of conquering Hollywood!

Israeli actress Moran Atias has been cast in the pilot of high-profile drama "Tyrant," which is being developed by "Homeland" creators Howard Gordon and Israeli director and scriptwriter Gideon Raff for American cable and satellite channel FX (owned by the Fox Entertainment Group). The series, which will be filmed in Morocco, tells the story of an average American family — Barry, Molly and their kids — drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Sounds promising!

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New on Amazon: Shimon Peres

Last week, Amazon announced a new product: The Kindle Singles Interview – a series of personal and exclusive interviews, which will be sold as e-books on the Kindle Store. The first person to star in this series of personal interviews is no other but Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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The 24-hour hackathon helping NGO's online

The second annual 24-hour "Do It Good" hackathon took place in Jerusalem last week. While enjoying pizzas, bagels, beer, and a “Werewolf: The Apocalypse” game break, students and professionals use their skills to help nonprofit organizations improve their web presence. With the assistance of a special guest from Google Israel, the team helped nearly two dozen NGO's.

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Tom Jones to perform in Israel in October

It's not unusual, but sure is great news to host a musical legend! Israel's Summer of Stars will continue through the winter, with Tom Jones reportedly performing in Israel in October. Jones will be the second artist to perform here in October, after Rihanna's scheduled performance in October 22nd. Who do you think will sell more tickets?

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Bringing the future one step closer

It sounds like a scene from back to the future, but a group of engineers is hoping to make Tel-Aviv the first city in the world to host a massive transport system of magnetically levitating pods. The futuristic-looking system of pods tethered to monorail tracks, which uses magnets to reduce friction, was co-developed by engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center and the privately held SkyTran company.

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Israeli hospitals join "Meatless Monday"

Hospitals across the country are individually joining the international movement for “Meatless Mondays.” In an initiative to promote good health, some hospital kitchens and cafeterias will make "Meatless Mondays" optional, while in others, it will be mandatory.

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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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