3 Times Israel Was Snubbed At The Rio Olympics

08/12/2016 - 18:15

If Olympic athletes are any sign of their countries’ attitudes, things don’t look too good when it comes to relationships between Israel and its neighbors.

Israel’s Or Sasson, left, trying to shake hands with Egypt’s Islam Elshehaby after their Olympic judo match in Rio. JTA

Aly Raisman Wins Silver Medal In Gymnastics All-Around At Rio Olympics

08/12/2016 - 09:02

Aly Raisman won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around in Rio de Janeiro.

Aly Raisman posing for photographs after winning a silver medal in the all-around competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. JTA

Ibiza Advocates for BDS Movement Against Israel

Municipality within the island party-destination calls for space “free of Israeli apartheid.”

08/10/2016 - 16:06
Editorial Intern

Ibiza, the Mediterranean nightlife capital off the coast of Spain, assumes an admonitory tone regarding Israel through the mouthpiece of a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign endorsement on the island.

Tourists enjoy the sunset on an Ibiza beach. Jaime Reina/Getty Images.

Japanese Gymnast Delivers Twist on Jewish Prayer

WATCH: Sae Miyakawa performs routine to klezmer version of “Gesher Tzar Me’od”

08/10/2016 - 14:32
Editorial Intern

Jewish twitter was set abuzz yesterday during the women’s gymnastics event, and for once the subject was not Team USA’s Jewish sensation Aly Raisman. The unlikely topic of conversation was Sae Miyakawa, a 16 year-old Japanese gymnast whose floor routine was set to a klezmer take on 18th century Jewish prayer “Gesher Tzar Me’od.” 


Sae Miyakawa performs a routine during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships. Getty.

Medal For Israel At Olympics

Yarden Gerbi wins bronze in Judo at the Rio Games.

08/10/2016 - 11:41
Staff Writer

An Israeli athlete stood on the podium this week at the Olympic Games for the first time in eight years. Yarden Gerb, 27, defeated Japan’s Miku Tashiro Tuesday in the judo 63kg (139 pounds) bronze medal match. Israel’s first medal at the Rio Games is the country’s first since windsurfer Shahar Tzuberi, who won bronze in 2008. Gerbi is the second Israeli woman to win an Olympic medal; judoka Yael Arad, who won silver at the 1994 Barcelona Games, was the first.

Yarden Gerbi Celebrating

Aly Raisman Helps Power US Women’s Gymnastics Team To Olympic Gold

08/10/2016 - 11:33

(JTA) — The United States women’s gymnastics team, led by its Jewish-American captain Aly Raisman, won the Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Aly Raisman competing on the uneven bars in the women’s team gymnastics competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (JTA)

Katie Ledecky’s Jewish History Surfaces As She Swims For Gold

The “First Lady of Freestyle” lost family in the Holocaust.

08/09/2016 - 14:19
Editorial Intern

Katie Ledecky has drive.

Katie Ledecky poses with her gold medal from the 400-meter freestyle event at the Rio Olympic Games. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

11 Israeli Victims of ’72 Munich Olympic Massacre Officially Commemorated In Rio

08/05/2016 - 09:31

More than four decades after they were held hostage and then murdered, the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre were commemorated in an official International Olympic Committee ceremony on Thursday.

The 11 Israeli Olympians who were murdered during the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. JTA

2016 Olympics: Israel’s Largest-Ever Delegation Is Ready For Rio

08/04/2016 - 13:48

Rio De Janeiro – When the 2016 Olympic Games open here on Friday evening, Israel will proudly show off its largest delegation ever, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports.

The Israeli delegation of Olympic athletes meeting with President Rivlin, front row, second from right, before departing. JTA

Amy Winehouse Foundation Opens Home For Recovering Addicts

Up to 16 women will call Amy’s House, a place for post-rehab transition, home.

08/03/2016 - 15:59
Editorial Intern

Five years after the death of singer Amy Winehouse, the Amy Winehouse Foundation is set to open a home for women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Amy Winehouse performing in London. Barney Britton/Getty Images.
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