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Israeli Wins Silver Medal in World ‘Triple Jump’ Championships

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko’s, 25, won a silver medal in the women’s triple jump finals in the world championship competition in Beijing Monday.

Her performance set an Israeli record.

It was the third time an Israeli has won a medal at the championships since 1983,

“Everybody in Israel was watching this event and hoping for the first female medal at the world championships,” she said. “I cannot describe how emotional this moment is.”

Jerusalem to Invest a Record NIS 50M to Promote Arts & Culture

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Jerusalem municipality will invest a record-breaking NIS 50 million per year starting this year to promote arts and culture in the capital.

Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sports agreed on Sunday to allocate NIS 7 million to cultural institutions and ongoing initiatives to hike the city’s annual investment to a new record high.

Praising Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement released Sunday: “Jerusalem has experienced in recent years an unprecedented cultural renaissance, and returned as the cultural capital of Israel.

“The municipality will continue to operate and support the city’s cultural institutions in order to strengthen and promote the city’s culture – not only with new events and festivals, but by strengthening and leveraging the ongoing work of existing institutions, as well as by encouraging more entrepreneurial culture and artistic enterprises in the capital,” he vowed.

Jerusalem Wine Festival

This is the week of one of the biggest and most important events held each year in the capital: the Jerusalem Wine Festival, held annually by the Israel Museum.

The festival, which begins on Monday and runs through Thursday, is the leading event for the wine industry in Israel. It is a salute to Israeli wineries, which last year brought together a record 60 Israeli wineries that displayed hundreds of wine to taste.

This year’s festival is expected to welcome more than 20,000 visitors to the event.

In addition to booths for the tasting of wine, thousands of wine lovers who come from all over the country are also able to enjoy food from top restaurants, booths selling products to complement wine purchases, high quality gourmet products, live performances in a variety of styles, and more.

The event is held at the Art Garden of the Israel Museum, which is considered one of the world’s finest sculpture gardens.

Israeli Special Olympics Teams Win 62 Medals at Los Angeles Summer Games

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Israel excels as the “start up” nation but as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted this week, Israelis also excel even when their abilities are compromised.

The prime minister made a special point of congratulating the Israeli Special Olympics team upon its return last week from the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Also attending the meeting were Special Olympics Association President Daniel Benaim, other senior association officials, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry Director General Eliezer Yavlon and Culture and Sports Ministry Sports Authority Director Dr. Ori Shefer.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I want to congratulate you from the depths of my heart. We are proud of you; everyone in Israel is proud of you.

“Sixty-two medals is an amazing achievement. You are all deserving of great appreciation, first of all because you are champions. You competed and won.

“Even those who did not win, to reach the games and compete, this says that you have something special, something heartfelt that gives you strength, also with the help of your trainers and coaches whom I congratulate as well.

“But we know that it starts with you and you drew strength from your very souls. I very much appreciate this and I would like to tell you that you have brought great pride and honor to the State of Israel and to yourselves.

“Secondly, you must know that there is also national pride because you represent something special. You represent the human spirit, which can overcome any obstacle if you want to; it starts with wanting to.”

And then the prime minister added: “I ask that you invite me to the opening of the Special Olympics here next year. It will give me a chance to see you again.”

Violent Bulgarian Soccer Fans Chase Israeli Team off the Field [video]

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A violent group of Bulgaria soccer fans interrupted what was supposed to be a “friendly” game between Ashdod and the CSFA Sofia team Monday and chased the Israeli players off the field.

Ashdod was leading 1-0 when the game was canceled because of the outburst, which followed a red card against an Ashdod player for a heavy tackle.

The “bleacherreport” website described the scene as “incredible,” with the Ashdod players, in blue and white uniforms, scrambling for an empty portion of the stands to escape the anger of the mob. At least one glass bottle hit an Israeli player during the chase.

Jewish Athletes Return to Berlin 79 Years After Hitler’s Olympics

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) From July 27 to August 5, the 14th European Maccabi Games will take place in Berlin. It’s Europe’s biggest Jewish sports event, and it will take place in Germany—for the first time in its history. As the event’s website puts it, “Jewish athletes were excluded from the Olympic Games in 1936,” but, this summer, “thousands will send a message for tolerance and openness and against anti-Semitism and racism.”

Actually, Jews were not officially excluded in 1936, although it was no fun being a Jew in Berlin back then, or being a Jewish athlete. Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his idea of racial supremacy, and the official Nazi paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, wrote that Jews should not be allowed to participate, but when the games were threatened with a boycott by some nations, Hitler acquiesced and allowed every ethnic group to participate.

He regretted it when African American athlete Jesse Owens set the world record in the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 8 in. His record stood for 25 years, far outlasting the Third Reich. Hitler left the stadium in a huff.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told RBB radio: “This is the stadium where the Olympic games were exploited by Hitler. To hold on that spot a Jewish sporting event like the Maccabi Games, that is an important and nice message.”

“More than 2,000 Jewish sportswomen and sportsmen from more than 36 countries will compete against each other in 19 disciplines in Berlin’s Olympic Park,” declares the games’ website.

No place like Berlin for discipline…

President of Maccabi Germany Alon Meyer told AP the decision to host the Jewish Games in Berlin, although difficult, is a “signal of reconciliation” 70 years after the end of World War II.

“There were a lot of people who said that they would never in their lives step again on German soil and we have to respect that,” Meyer told foreign reporters on Monday.

However, he noted, “we are a new generation … and the question of guilt is long resolved.”

There you go.

The 13th European Maccabi Games were held in 2011 in Vienna, Austria, and it was the largest gathering of Jews in that city since the Holocaust.

We have to stop meeting like this…

Daniel Collins, head of the UK delegation to the Games, told The Guardian: “I doubt any games anywhere will be as emotionally charged as this one; thousands of Jewish people parading in the Olympic stadium, which houses such meaning, not only to the world’s Jewish community, but to the world’s sporting community.”

World Jewish Athletes to Gather in Hitler’s Stadium July 28

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

On July 28, Jewish athletes from around the world will demonstrate the power of generational victory as they gather to compete in the Berlin stadium built on Hitler’s orders for the 1936 Olympics.

In a stadium still haunted by images of swastika flags surrounding the Nazi salutes of the crowd in its stands, The Maccabi Games will be held in Berlin for the first time since the Holocaust.

It’s been 70 years since the fall of Nazi Germany. For the generations whose lives have been touched by the horror of Hitler’s hell, however, it will never be long enough.

“When I entered the stadium for the first time a year and a half ago, even I wondered if it’s right to host the games here,” admitted the president of Maccabi Germany, Alon Meyer.

“I still get goosebumps when I imagine what happened here, who stood here and what they were shouting. It’s unbelievable.

“But now we are returning to the very same place and saying, ‘You have failed; we are the ones who won.’”

The European Maccabi Games is an international Jewish sport event similiar to the Olympic Games. Some 2,000 Jewish athletes from all over Europe are expected to participate in The Maccabi Games.

Israeli Wins Gold Medal At European Judo Competition

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Georgian opponent Nugzari Tatalashvli in the 73-kilogram (161-pound) weight class. The win marks Israel’s first gold medal in that competition.

“I managed to grab the opponent after he made a mistake, and I scored an ippon (the highest score a competitor can achieve in a Japanese martial arts contest),” Muki told Sport TV. “I wasn’t in a rush, and I took advantage of the opportunity that I got. I’m ecstatic.”

Muki will be awarded $10,500 (40,000 shekels) from the Israeli Olympic Committee for his victory.

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