Israeli judokas strike gold

Israeli women judokas won two gold medals and a bronze at the Paris Grand Slam, finishing 3rd of the 45 nations in the medals table. Gefen Primo won the gold medal in the under-52 kg category. Raz Hershko won gold in the +78kg category. Inbar Lanir won bronze in the -78kg category.

Enjoying a return to life in Jerusalem

People are slowly coming back onto the Jerusalem streets, like bears emerging slowly from hibernation, lumbering up from deep in their caves. What a pleasure it is to reunite and speak to people in real life, rather than via a computer screen.

Useful links

Jacob Richman has created a web page of 130 useful links about English news, Hebrew news, Hebrew radio, Jewish resources, Hebrew resources, Internet resources, social networks, Israel business, Israel shopping and Jerusalem.

Jerusalem park protects the climate

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has selected Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Park (see previously) in its top 8 examples for climate protection. The criteria included social needs, biodiversity, adaptable and analytical management, and long-term sustainability.

European gold for Israeli swimmer

Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko won the gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2021 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia. Gorbenko made history earlier this year when she became the first female Israeli swimmer to advance to an Olympic final.

The Jerusalem marathon

The Jerusalem marathon attracted 20,000 runners to six different events. Jerusalem’s Yamar Gethon won the men’s full marathon in a record time of 2:24:07. Orthodox athlete and mother of five children Beatie Deutsch (see ) won the half-marathon.

TAU virtual gala

American Friends of Tel Aviv University held a virtual gala to support the University’s mission to advance the world through innovation, education, and impact. The gala raised over $2 million for initiatives including student scholarships, medical research, and the Center for Combatting Pandemics.

Chess for Peace

To mark International Peace Day on 21 Sep, Israeli organizations Chess4All and Sharaka (Arabic for “Partnership”) hosted an international “Peace Day Chess Tournament.” There were over 600 participants including from Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh. (see also previously)

Making beautiful music together

On 26th September, the StandWithUs Interfaith Alliance held a musical celebration of Israel. Christian and Jewish voices came together in support of Israel.

Piano festival returns to life

The Tel Aviv Piano Festival (Oct 27-30) returns to the stage, with a live audience, having been entirely televised last year. 250 artists feature in 56 shows, including 24 concerts fronted by Israeli women artists. The festival mixes genres, stars, new artists, multi-generations and even kids’ shows.