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  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

  • Israeli skaters perform better than expected

    February 13, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Israeli Olympic figure skaters won’t be bringing home any medals from Sochi this winter, but Israelis are still shepping naches from their performances.

    Israeli skaters Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich finished Wednesday’s pairs competition in 15th place. They were not...

  • Israeli speed skater falls shy of semis in 1,500 meters

    February 10, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Israeli short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter semifinals in the Winter Olympics by less than a second.

    Bykanov finished fourth on Monday in the second heat in 2:21.163 — 0.8 away from advancing — at the games in Sochi, Russia. He will compete in the 1,000-meter race on Thursday and the 500-meter race on Feb. 18.

    An immigrant to Israel from Ukraine, Bykanov, 24, carried the Israeli flag when the delegation marched in to the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

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  • Jewish figure skater Jason Brown to compete in the Olympics

    February 8, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    Ashley Wagner was gifted a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating squad for the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday after finishing fourth at the national championships.

    Wagner, a two-time national champion, bungled her free skate at the U.S. championships on Saturday, dropping into...

  • Moscow 2012 and Sochi 2014: My Russian adventure

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    As I'm want to do when I travel, I try to keep a daily journal of who I saw, what I ate, where I went, etc. It's always a pain to do at the time, and always worth it afterwards. Last night, as I read through the journal entries I made when I traveled to Russia in Spring 2012 (March...

  • Turkish forces seize suspected hijacker on plane in Istanbul, media

    February 7, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Turkish special forces seized a passenger who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, CNN Turk and other Turkish media said on Friday.

    Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus...

  • Obama says relationship with Putin not icy despite ‘tough guy’ stance

    February 6, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may seek to look like the tough guy in joint appearances with President Barack Obama, but Obama said in an interview that he and Putin have a pragmatic and respectful relationship.

    "I wouldn't call it icy," Obama said in an interview with NBC host...

  • Sochi ready for Jewish arrivals

    February 6, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Soft sand and turquoise beaches make Sochi a lovely holiday destination, but this coastal Russian city is less than ideal for providing religious services to thousands of Jewish tourists.

    With few native Jews and only one resident rabbi, the Black Sea resort of 400,000 residents...

  • WeHo display equates Putin to Hitler, disturbs survivors

    By Jared Sichel

    February 6, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Since Monday, Feb. 3, the storefront window at LA Jock’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has displayed a mannequin wearing a striped concentration camp-style uniform adorned with an inverted pink triangle – the symbol used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.

    The...

  • For Israel’s skaters, Olympic training is a New Jersey state of mind

    February 3, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Evgeni Krasnapolsky and Andrea Davidovich glide around the ice, shadowing one another to the accompaniment of Nino Rota’s “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.”

    At a rink in this New York City suburb, the figure-skating pair are refining their long program a few weeks before the...

  • Israel sending team of 5 to Sochi Olympics

    January 28, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Israel will be sending five athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, starting next month.

    Evgeni Krasnopolski, 25, a Ukraine native who grew up in Israel, will skate in the pairs competition with Andrea Davidovich, 16, of Vermont. The pair, who train in Hackensack, N.J.,...

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