Israeli-Ethiopian is Best Director

Aalam-Warqe Davidian won the “Best Female Director” award at the Toronto Film Festival. Her debut “Fig Tree”, in Amharic with Hebrew and English subtitles, takes place in Ethiopia at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War. Davidian, 38, made Aliya from Ethiopia at the age of 11.

More medals for Linoy

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram has just won her 26th medal of the year. She won a silver medal in the Hoop discipline at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. She then went on to win a bronze in the Rope discipline followed by another silver in the individual all-around final.

Fast recovery

Israeli soccer striker Tomer Hemed made a late appearance on Wednesday night for his English 1st Division soccer team QPR. He spent the first half fasting until Yom Kippur ended. Then, after a quick meal of pasta and fruit, he came on as substitute in the 72nd minute to help his side to a 2-0 victory over Millwall.

See Israeli wildlife during the holidays

Israel has many sites where animal lovers can see and learn about a wide assortment of the creatures with which we share this land.  Here are 10 of the best.

Was beer invented in Israel?

Archaeologists working in the Raqefet cave south of Haifa have found what they believe is the world's oldest site for alcohol production. They discovered equipment, used by a people called the Natufians, for brewing a fermented, weak alcoholic soup-like liquid, some 13,000 years ago.

Virtual Reality tour of Jerusalem

I’ve reported previously on several VR (Virtual Reality) tours where you can step back in time to see ancient Israel. Now the Tower of David Museum is launching “Step into History” - a VR tour of Jerusalem as it looked 2000 years ago.

Rare chance to see Worms Mahzor

For the first time in 30 years, and ahead of the High-holidays, the Worms Mahzor - a famous 13th-century prayer book - will go on display at the National Library of Israel. The exhibition, “Our hearts responded in ancient prayer…” features many beautiful medieval Hebrew manuscripts.

Vibrations are still good for Brian Wilson

Beach Boys founder and composer Brian Wilson performed at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. Two years after his Israeli debut, Wilson and his 10-piece band played through an outstanding songbook of classics. At 76, how does he do it? The answer is in the video.

Hiking in Israel

There is a new English website for foreign tourists, dedicated to nature and hiking in Israel. It is great news for the traveler who wants to explore Israel independently but doesn’t speak Hebrew. The descriptions are accompanied by high-quality hiking maps, GPS track files and transport links.

Israeli gymnast wins two golds and breaks world record

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram, scored a world record 20.65 in the clubs-handling round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Minsk. She went on to win the gold medal in the all-around category and a second gold in the rhythmic gymnastics.