Israeli completes the Tour de France

Guy Niv is the first Israeli to finish the Tour de France cycle race. He said, “I felt shivers when I crossed the finish line on the Champs-Elysées. It was a sense of vast relief and sheer happiness: I have done it for the next generation of young Israeli cyclists.” His team had 7 top 10 stage finishes.

US honor for Israeli literary program

Keren Grinspoon Israel has been selected as a 2020 US Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree for its literary program. KGI distributes some 3.5 million books in Hebrew and Arabic each year to more than 500,000 Israeli children (reported previously).

With one heart

Sarit Hadad and Netta Barzilai sing Belev Echad. The song appears on Tzav HaShaa (Call to Action), an album of 50 covers of classic Israeli songs by today’s best-known Israeli singers. The project aims to support the struggling local music industry.

I’m in Dubai

Black Israeli hip hop singer Stephane Legar has made a music video of his trip to the Emirates city of Dubai.  Probably best for the younger generation of newsletter readers, but certainly of historic value.

A Night of Heroes

For those who were unable to watch the 2020 Friends of the IDF Virtual Gala live, here is a 90-second clip of some of the scenes. And the second link will give you the full 90-minute show.

UAE TV & film students to train in Israel

Students from the UAE will study at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. An agreement signed soon after the Israel-UAE normalization ceremony aims to strengthen commercial ties through training programs for film and TV co-production and joint film festivals.


The Israel Director of Stand With Us, Michael Dickson, together with Dr Naomi Baum, have written a new book “ISResilience: What Israelis Can Teach the World”. It features resilient Israelis who have withstood troubles and not just survived but thrived. The aim of the book is to help everyone develop resilience. ; ; ; ; ;

Israeli Art Lending Library

The first-ever Israeli Art Lending Library has been launched at US Northeastern University. Students can bring a piece of Israeli art back to their dorm rooms for the year. It is an initiative of Returning the Sparks, a non-profit which helps connect Jews with Judaism and Israel.

Israeli recovers Catalonian Jewish prayer book

National Library of Israel director of rare books Dr. Idan Perez has won a Catalan culture prize for his publication of the “Sidur Catalunya,” the first complete recreation of a prayer book used by the Jews of Catalonia, Valencia and Majorca before their 1492 expulsion from Spain.

Israeli helps win MLB game

Dean Kremer has become the first Israeli pitcher to win a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. He struck out 7 batsmen in six innings for the Baltimore Orioles in a 5 to 1 victory over the New York Yankees. It was his Major League debut and first start.