Jewish Journal

Vegan lifestyle, Superhero in Hollywood, Ultra- Orthodox Capoeira and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

February 4, 2014 | 12:08 pm

A bite of the Big Apple

The flight is long and tiring, the jet-lag is sometimes unbearable, but if you ask Israelis, no place beats the Big Apple! According to a new survey, New York is Israelis' favorite travel destination.  The second place went to Thailand. Despite requiring a shorter flight, European destinations lagged behind: London and Barcelona ranked third with 10% of the votes, followed by Rome, Berlin and Prague. The Greek islands and Turkey were next on the list.

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Capoeira, the Orthodox style

Brothers Miki and Yehuda Hayat have brought Capoeira to the Israel’s ultra- Orthodox community. Watch them perform gravity-defying acrobatic moves.

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Art imitates life?

"Omar," the Palestinian contender for a best foreign language film Oscar, does not do well with Israel’s image. It depicts lovers literally walled-off by Israel's West Bank barrier, and a hero brutalized by Israeli secret police. But as it turns out, the $2 million drama was filmed mostly in Nazareth, northern Israel, without hindrance.

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A superhero and superstar

When Israeli supermodel and actress Gal Gadot was chosen to star as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman- Superman film, she became the talk of the day in Hollywood, and an Israeli pride. Now, she continues her road to success. This week, Variety reported that she will also be starring in two other Warner Bros pictures in the same superhero role.

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Israel’s cyber success

Israel's cyber-security industry has grown from a few dozen companies to more than 200 in just the past three years. This notable success is now attracting foreign firms to Israel for future cooperation. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes more outsiders to invest in or collaborate with the country's cyber-defense industry, a Big Four professional-services firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, is stepping up to the plate.

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Can Israelis protect Sochi?

The Winter Olympics event in Sochi, Russia is approaching, but it seems like the event is in certain danger. From stories about increased terrorist threats to Russian police threatening journalists who didn’t write positively about the games, it could be very challenging for Russia to host the Olympics games safely. According to Forbes, Israel’s experience with protection from both internal and external threats can help save the event.

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Israel to provide tech assistance for Philippines province

Israel’s assistance to the Philippines continues. After officials from Israel and the provincial local government have talked about the possibilities of identifying areas that need to be developed and should be given technology assistance, the technical staff from the Israeli Tahal Group arrived in Davao Del sure to conduct an ocular visit in some areas of the province that need technology assistance.

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Koreans and Israelis create an economic partnership

Last Monday, young Korean entrepreneurs, Israeli students, Korean diplomats, Israeli tech and start-up veterans, gathered for the Korea-Israel Entrepreneurship Forum (KIEF) at Tel Aviv University. This gathering is a part of a program that seeks to grow economic partnerships between the two countries.

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What’s up at the Eurocup?

Things aren’t going so well for Israel at the Eurocup. Hapoel Jerusalem will have to wait at least one more week to secure its progress to the Eurocup last-16 after losing 96-93 at Budivelnik Kiev on Wednesday night, while Maccabi Haifa was thrashed 92-73 by Montepaschi Siena in Italy.

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Israel goes Vegan

This may come as a surprise, but Israel has become a locus of worldwide interest in vegan cuisine. Nowadays, there are about 200,000 vegans in Israel, out of a population of eight million. Recently, the Israeli organization Vegan Friendly led a successful campaign to persuade Domino’s Pizza to add a vegan option to its Israeli stores’ menu. Other chains, from ice-cream shops to cafés, are following suit. So what is so special about the Israeli vegan cuisine and what is “Vegan Tourism?”

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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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