Avishag Samberg won Israel’s first medal of the 2020 / 21 Olympic Games. She took the bronze in the under-49kg Taekwondo event. At 19 years old, she is Israel’s youngest Olympic medal winner. Israel has won nine medals at previous Olympics at Judo, windsurfing and kayaks sports events.
Ramat Gan Safari’s 12-year-old orangutan Tana decided she wanted a private delivery of her new baby. So, she used new foliage to climb out of her enclosure and up a tall tree nearby. Keepers brought her back and gave her space and time to deliver her rare Sumatran orangutan baby.
Israeli swimmer Andi Murez has combined training for the Tokyo Games with her medical studies at Tel Aviv University. Andi became an Israeli citizen in 2014, broke two Israeli records and qualified for the Olympic Games in the 50m freestyle, the 100m freestyle and the 200m freestyle.
Shari Wright-Pilo and David Wiseman have built English language sites on Facebook and Instagram where fans can follow Israel’s athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. They also have produced a workout video where the team shows some of the exercises they perform to prepare for their events.
Nearly 5,000 visitors attended the 6th annual Desert Beer Festival in Tekoa, a town in Israel’s Gush Etzion. They enjoyed beer from 15 Israeli breweries, food from local stalls and music from Israeli band “Teapacks”.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s recent “Out of the Cube” exhibit was placed around the city. Some two-dozen artists displayed their “habitat inspired” artworks at sites including Levinsky Market, Bialik Square, Nachalat Binyamin and Park Hayarkon.
Netflix has purchased nine episodes of the new Israeli suspense series “Hit and Run”. It is Netflix's first brand new Israeli series, having previously only hosted proven hits. Meanwhile Israel’s hit series Fauda has been dubbed into Farsi by London based Manoto TV, which reaches 30% of households in Iran.
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won five gold medals at the latest Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix in Tel Aviv. Ashram won the ball, hoop, clubs, ribbon and all-around contests at the international competition. The Israeli team also picked up two gold medals - in the ball and all-around contests
Israeli softball teams won medals at the European Championships held in the Czech Republic. The under-16 boys' team finished as the European runners-up with the silver medal and the under-18 youth team made the podium with the bronze medal.
Israel Startup Nation finished in the top 10 on nine stages and the top five on three occasions in this year’s Tour de France cycle race. One team member, Canadian Michael Woods took the King of the Mountains jersey on stage 14. And team member, Andre Greipel came fifth in the final stage.