Independence Day – JNF

For those in the USA for whom the Technion UK’s event is too early, the JNF’s celebration event for Yom Haatzmaut is at 2pm Eastern Time. It is in partnership with Jewish Federations of North America.

Virtual Jerusalem

The Real Jerusalem Streets may be empty, but there is plenty for on-line tourists. View the Kotel (Western Wall), Tower of David museum, Bible Lands museum, Western Wall tunnels and the City of David Sound & Light show. You can even watch films or opera at Jerusalem’s Cinemateque.

Israel judo champ sells memorabilia to buy ventilators

Israeli judo champion Sagi Muki is auctioning off memorabilia including the uniform from his victory at the 2019 Judo World Championships in Japan. The money raised will buy ventilators for the Laniado hospital in his hometown of Netanya.

Stream Israel

IZZY is a new streaming platform similar to Netflix, which will feature movies, TV shows, and documentaries. Request a special invite; or wait until IZZY launches in the Fall. Izzy gives a front-row seat to Israel for a low monthly fee.

A virtual tour of Jerusalem

Each year, during Passover and Easter, thousands of worshipers flock to Jerusalem's holiest sites. Unfortunately, this year that won't be possible, so these breathtaking and spiritual sites are brought to you in a special virtual tour.

Happy Passover from the Israel Philharmonic

Social isolation hasn’t prevented the Israel Philharmonic, Israel’s top orchestra, from performing this Passover-related concert piece to a virtual audience.

Wildlife returns

There are no Israelis or tourists on the beaches of Eilat because of the coronavirus pandemic.  A herd of wild mountain goats took advantage of their absence to have a look around. And (see facebook) an unusual family of flyers took advantage of the reduction in air traffic at Ben Gurion Airport.

More on-line culture

Israel’s NoCamels recommends some more virtual websites for cultural activities during the coronavirus lockdown.  They include the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Art Studio (Facebook videos), On-line classes at the Tel Aviv University, and Travel Trailer Israel.

Keeping fit on-line

This article summarizes six Israel-based startups offering online workout tools that can help prevent your transition from fitness fanatic to couch potato. They are Fitness22 , EyeClick ,  WizeCare BlazePod, FitMyTime,and MoonRun. The last 3 appear here for the first time.

A marathon in his own living room

Israeli marathon runner Gazcho Fanta decided to continue his training regime while under lockdown. Fanta, who holds the Israeli record for the 50km, ran 5,349 laps of his living room to complete the marathon distance in 3hrs 50mins.