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  • Google against Antisemitism, fighting Ebola, an action movie in TLV and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Google’s future plans of fighting hate-speech

    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award, and expressed his hope that one day there might be a more exciting option for dealing with hate speech: artificial intelligence. He...

  • Israeli teen rhythmic gymnasts visit L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    February 5, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    Standing straight, arms behind their backs, military style, the two young rhythmic gymnasts answered questions monotonously, with as few words as possible — disciplined, like the routines they were about to perform.

    In Los Angeles for the annual L.A. Lights Rhythmic Gymnastics...

  • Jewish glory, frustration mark London Games

    August 13, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory.

    On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight with her grace,...

  • Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team heads to Olympic finals

    August 10, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team heads to Olympic finals

    August 10, 2012

    (JTA) – Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics secured a spot in the finals at the London Games.

    The Israeli team on Friday came in seventh place at the end of the qualifying round. The top eight teams proceed...

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  • Raisman, Down Under athletes soar among Jewish Olympians

    August 7, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Slideshow highlighting Aly Raisman‘s Olympics at bottom

    U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman and athletes from Down Under were the story for Jewish sports fans at the London Olympics.

    Raisman, who performs her floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” won an individual gold medal on...

  • Aly Raisman takes a gold and bronze

    August 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman won a gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a bronze on the balance beam at the London Olympics.

    Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., took the gold on Aug. 6 with a score of 15.6 to edge Catalina Ponor of Romania and Aliya Mustafina of Russia,...

  • Aly Raisman, after protest, wins bronze on balance beam

    August 7, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman won a bronze medal on the balance beam after the U.S. lodged a protest against the original result.

    Raisman had finished fourth behind Catalina Ponor of Romania, who fell off the beam in the finals on Tuesday.  Following the Americans’ protest,...

  • Aly Raisman loses bronze, Gabby Douglas wins gold

    August 2, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Smiling 16-year-old Gabby Douglas took the Olympic Games by storm on Thursday when she won the all-around gold medal ahead of Russian Victoria Komova.

    Komova was reduced to tears for the second time in three days when American Douglas pipped her to the title by 0.259 of a point...

  • Rising star Aly Raisman

    by Uri Fintzy, JTA

    July 31, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    Among the more popular U.S. Olympians is Aly Raisman, an 18-year-old Jewish gymnast from the Boston area whose star has been rising in London for a few reasons. First it was her song choice for the floor exercise routine—an instrumental version of “Hava Nagila” that she had used last...

  • Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

    July 31, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive a medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting.

    Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday—the first...

  • Aly Raisman leads U.S. to gymnastics team gold [VIDEO]

    July 31, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Aly Raisman, a Jewish American, won the floor exercise in helping the U.S. women’s team to the gold medal in the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics.

    The Americans on Tuesday won their first team gold medal in women’s gymnastics since the Atlanta Games in 1996,  finishing...

  • Video of American gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents goes viral

    July 31, 2012 | 10:25 am

    [UPDATE: Aly Raisman leads U.S. to gymnastics team gold]

    A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered more than 25,000 hits on YouTube.

    The clip shows Raisman’s mother and father commenting on Raisman’s routine...

  • Floor exercise propels Aly Raisman to Olympics’ gymnastics finals

    July 30, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman reached the Olympics women’s artistic gymnastics finals, beating among others teammate and world champion Jordyn Wieber.

    Raisman finished second overall in the qualifying round with a total of 60.391, including a 15.325 on the floor exercise that...

  • Hoop it up: Israeli rhythmic gymnast medals at worlds

    September 22, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Neta Rivkin with a bronze became the first Israeli to win a medal in international rhythmic gymnastics competition.

    Rivkin, 20, won a historic medal for Israel in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Championships in Montepelier, France. Her bronze medal, which she won for her...

  • Top gymnast gives ‘Hava Nagila’ a perfect 10

    August 16, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Places you expect to hear “Hava Nagila”: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, every pop culture depiction of traditional Jews and … gymnastics competitions?

    In fact, the answer is all of the above.

    Alexandra Raisman, 17, one of the top elite gymnasts in the United States and a member of...

  • Jury Duty!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen.  Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty.  As I opened the letter, immediately I started...

  • The sport of sleep deprivation

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    August 14, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    What the 2008 Olympics taught me: Sometimes it is OK to hit mute, fast forward is your friend and it is OK if you can’t watch everything.

    When you are staying up until midnight or later to watch Team USA dive, swim, tumble, spike and cycle, you need to be as flexible as the IOC...

  • Israeli women gymnasts train long and hard for Beijing games

    By Dina Kraft

    July 31, 2008 | 12:22 am

    NETANYA (JTA) -- On one side of a cavernous gym in Netanya, halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, six members of Israel's first Olympic rhythmic gymnastics team warm up in a circle, chatting softly in a mix of Russian and Hebrew while stretching their legs in effortless splits on the...
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