Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on a virtual tour. That is, until you can experience the real thing…

Click here to take a tour. 



Israeli young woman wins Judo World Championship

Yarden Gerbi, 24, became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night, recording ippons – judo’s version of a knockout – in all five of her fights. Gerbi is now the world champion in the under-63 kilogram competition, after winning over Clarisse Agbegnenou in the final in just 43 seconds.

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A house to visit

Miriam and Theo Siebenber's house is nothing but ordinary. Their place of residence, purchased after the Six Day War, was discovered to contain a treasure trove of history buried deep underground. After years of digging in the basement, they now present a collection of archaeological artifacts that appear on display. Arrowheads, inkwells, coins, ancient pottery, a glass cup and pieces of jewelry including a bronze key ring, likely used in the Second Temple era by a woman to unlock her jewelry box, can all be seen in their display. But even more intriguing is the remains of an ancient Jewish residence and a way of life one can see when visiting this special house. The remains date back to the days of King Solomon and the Second Temple period.

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President Peres honored

President Shimon Peres received the Golden Victoria award from a visiting delegation of the German Magazine Publishers Association on Wednesday. Dr. Rudolf Thiemann, a vice president of the association, which includes 400 publishers, more than 6,000 magazine titles and 10,000 websites, led the four-person delegation, which honored Peres for being an outstanding figure whose actions have brought positive change to the world.

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Britain searches for the next big startup. Will it be an Israeli one?

When we read about Britain and Israel, it usually involves calls for BDS, but as it turns out, there is still some good news to tell about the relationship between the two countries. London has come up with a Million Pound Startup contest, in which one lucky company, out of the 700 competing, will win one million Pounds, as well as free marketing, legal and mentor services from the contest’s sponsors. So far, 15 Israeli startups signed in, in hoping to get in business with the British.

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Israeli celebrities against anti-Gay laws in Russia

A new project, involving a list of Israeli celebrities and titles "Red Flag," releases as a response to the seeming anti-Gay crusade Putin has been spearheading in Russia. The project, led by David and Jonathan Marketing, consists of a series of images showing celebrities dressed as Soviet soldiers, with blood running from their mouths. This is a play on the iconic Pierre et Gilles photograph depicting a soldier with a tear streaming down his cheek.

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Israelis for Syrian children

A new Israeli- origin Facebook group, founded last week, decided to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Members of "Israelis for the children of Syria" protest in front of foreign embassies in Israel, calling for the world to step in and take action in Syria. The group in connected to the Il4Syrians organization: "The organization is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that delivers lifesaving aid to communities affected by natural disasters and human conflict.

We operate in places where local regimes prevent entry of formal international humanitarian organizations. We focus on countries that lack diplomatic relations with Israel, transcending differences, including prejudices, race, nationality, religion and creed.

We are a group of Israeli citizens who love their homeland and believe in a Jewish tradition and culture that values a compassionate, open-minded respect for the sanctity of human life and dignity. We believe we are blessed to be born in a democratic country that enables its citizens to travel to challenging and dangerous places."

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Googling Peres

Last Monday, President Peres visited Google Israel’s main R&D center in Tel Aviv, and was more than impressed with what he saw. After touring the place and meeting with the employees, he said that Google is launching a new paradigm for the corporate world, and for life in general. He also addressed the recent suspicions that Google is cooperated with the National Security Agency.

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Tom Jones under attack

In exactly one month, singer Tom Jones is expected to take the stage in Tel- Aviv. But behind the scenes an online battle is being waged between anti- Israel BDS activists, who are pressuring the singer to cancel his performance in Israel, and Israel supporters who express their encouragement and love for the singer. Many before him were targeted by BDS activists, some cave in, some came here with pride. What will Tom do?

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Tel-Aviv's arts and crafts fair

Planning to visit Israel this holiday season? Don't miss Nachlat Binyamin - Tel Aviv's arts and crafts fair:


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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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