Israeli hikes based on the 12 tribes

Brothers Marcus and Emilio Cohen formed Shevet Haaretz (Tribes of Israel) to take groups across Israel on the first day (Rosh Chodesh) of each month of the year. Not only do they enjoy the scenery but on each hike, they also learn the history of one of the Biblical tribes.

What’s on Center Stage

August online events at Israel’s permanent English-speaking theater include: Tonight (Aug 9th) On Cue Interview (free) with funny men Lenny Ravich & Mike Kroll; - Aug 12 The Coffee Club with ​Julie Gray & Gidon Lev; - Aug 22 - 48-hour 5-minute play contest (free).  Click on relevant date to register. -

Brewing up nicely

The American influence has made a huge difference to the Israeli brewing industry. Israel now has some 30 micro-breweries, many owned by US ex-pats. Their craft beers have become popular with the younger generation of Israelis. There is even a kosher for Passover cider and a new whiskey distillery.

Jaffa theater goes digital

For the next few months. Jaffa’s Gesher Theater is offering audiences worldwide the opportunity each Thursday to tune in to some of its best plays on Facebook. The theme is “A Journey Through Our History,” Each week Gesher will conduct a discussion about the play with the house playwright and actors.

40 years of Marvel’s first Israeli superheroine

Marvel comics celebrates 40 years of Israeli superheroine, Sabra (alias Ruth Bat-Seraph). The Israeli policewoman with special powers first appeared in “Incredible Hulk” on 4th Aug 1980. She flies and fires metal quills, resembling the Israeli “sabra” (cactus).

1000 videos and 6 billion hits

Israeli-Arab Nas Yassin (reported previously) is the founder of Nas Daily – a Facebook page with 25 million followers in which he documents his travels and experiences around the world. Nas has produced 1000 videos in 1000 days, receiving some 6 billion hits.

Israeli cycling has come a long way

The Wheels of Love event (reported previously) began with only nine riders. It now attracts over 400 riders, raising millions of dollars annually for Jerusalem’s Alyn hospital. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem now have hundreds of kilometers of bike paths.  Read also how Israel has changed.

Israeli gymnast wins silver medal – virtually

Israel’s top Olympic hopeful Linoy Ashram won second place in the International Online Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition organized by Russia’s Gymnastics Association.  The first online competition of its kind, it was limited to teams from Israel, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Thanks for the fish

A pod of 15 bottlenose dolphins has been observed swimming in Israel’s Evtach sea preserve, which extends up to 13 miles off the Ashkelon coastline.

Friends of the IDF events

Here are links to two events of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF). Today’s (Aug 2 at 2pm & 6pm EDT) celebrates 18 years of FIDF’s Impact scholarship fund. It features Israel’s President, Israeli singer Idan Amedi and actors from Fauda. Then on Sep 13 at 7pm EDT is the FIDF 2020 National Virtual Gala.