Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

August 26, 2013 | 12:16 pm

A bitter drop

After a Nazi-themed cafe' was discovered in Indonesia, a number of Israeli families found a Nazi-inspired liquor store. The group found this bitter surprise in the Dolomites region in northern Italy, where they discovered that some of the bottles at the liquor store were covered with pictures of Nazi leaders, including Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler. Hitler's picture was accompanied by Nazi slogans, such as "One leader, one nation, one people."

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Land of grapes and wine

As the Holidays are approaching, the pressure is on for finding the best wine to serve at dinner. Take a look at this beautiful photo album of Israel's finest vines.

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The one man show that breaks all barriers

“What keeps you up at night?” an American therapist asks the 90-year-old Israeli president in a soothing voice. “My prostate, heartburn, and Iran – to bomb or not to bomb?” President Peres answers in his characteristic Polish accent. This is a part of a one-man show, "Peres in Therapy," where an Australian comedian plays 20 different characters, including members of his own Australian Jewish family, Israeli diplomat Uri Savir, politicians and more.

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The Israeli Sundance

The well-known Sundance Festival provides independent film makers an opportunity for exposure to the world. Now, starting this summer, some of those creators will also present their work in Israel, as part of a new festival for American independent films.

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Startup Nation indeed

Startup Genome's Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 ranked the top 20 most active startup scenes in the world based on criteria including funding, entrepreneurial mindset, trendsetting, support, talent and more. Silicon Valley is No. 1, guess which city came in second?

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Israeli "Solar House" draws some attention

The Israeli team came in fourth in the biennial Solar Decathlon, a contest that pits design and technology teams from around the world against each other to see who can come up with the best “house of the future.” Israel’s entry, an 85-meter modular house built of locally-produced materials, came in first in the “energy balance” category for homes that produce more energy than they consume. It also won the hot water production category, and was second in the architecture category and fourth in the market appeal category.

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Rocking for peace

Israeli-Jewish band Orphaned Land and Israeli-Arab group Khalas (which means 'enough' or 'stop' in Arabic,) have joined forces in 'metal brotherhood' to practice what they preach – a message of coexistence and peace. The two bands are currently en route an 18-day European tour to help spread the message of coexistence and harmony between the two conflicting sides.

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Israelis at the Grand Slam

For the first time in more than eight years, Shahar Pe’er failed to reach the main draw of two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments after suffering a shocking exit in the first round of the US Open qualifiers on Tuesday. However, three other Israeli tennis players, Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub and Julia Glushko might find themselves competing at one of the most important tennis events.

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The price of respecting Yom Kippur

Turns out respecting Yom Kippur has a high cost. The Israeli Tennis Association has been forced to pay the Belgian Tennis Association a fine of €10,000 (about $13,340) for the Davis Cup team's refusal to play on the Day of Atonement.

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The Israeli contribution to Wiki projects

Joining their rank this year as the “coolest Wiki project” will be an Israeli invention,WikiAir, a project that will show the world, via free high-resolution aerial photos, the most beautiful views of the world, starting in Israel. WikiAir will bring beautiful bird’s-eye views of all the world’s most interesting sites. The photos will be available via Wikipedia Commons.

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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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