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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Eytan Stibbe, Israel’s next astronaut. Photo courtesy of GPO

Israel to send second astronaut into space

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c November 20, 2020

In about a year, Israel will send its second astronaut into space. Former fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe will be trained in the United States, Germany and Russia before taking off from Florida in December 2021 for a 200-hour stay on the International Space...

AJ Edelman competing in the skeleton event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by Viesturs Lacis

Israel’s bobsled athletes aim to go where no Israeli has gone before

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c November 9, 2020

Adam “AJ” Edelman’s first skeleton race representing the Israel Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was a disaster.The former ice-hockey goalie and speed skater was a novice at this winter sliding sport when he agreed to compete in the North American...

A flydubai A6-FDC shortly after taking off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh, Aug. 3, 2012. Photo: Faisal Akram via Wikimedia Commons.

First direct tourist flight from Israel to UAE touches down in Dubai

Jewish News Syndicate November 9, 2020

(JNS) A flydubai flight carrying Israeli tourists landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday at the Dubai International Airport. Hussein Suleiman, the head of a delegation of Arab businessmen on the flight, said, “There is no doubt that the normalization...

Israeli poet Natan Zach, who died on Nov. 6, 2020 at the age of 89. Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90.

Israel Prize-winning poet Natan Zach dies at 89

BY RUTH KADOSH November 9, 2020

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Natan Zach, an Israeli writer who had a major impact on the development of modern Hebrew poetry, died on Friday at the age of 89. Zach published more than two dozen books, including several that were translated into other languages,...

Ola Sergatchov, vice president of corporate strategy at Israeli data center and cloud security company Guardicore. Photo: Courtesy

Meet the Orthodox woman at the top of Israel’s cyber game

By Naama Barak, Israel21c October 23, 2020

“On Friday morning I have on one ear a conference call and one hand mixing cholent, and with my foot I’m rocking the baby carriage,” says Ola Sergatchov. “That’s what my life looks like.”Vice president of corporate strategy at Israeli data...

Firqat Alnoor performing at the Jerusalem Festival. Photo: courtesy 

Israeli orchestra sends musical love letter to Arab states

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c October 23, 2020

Atop a soaring Tel Aviv skyscraper, an orchestra of Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Christian musicians from across Israel performed the Emirati song “Ahebak” (“I Love You”) in tribute to the historic Israel-UAE peace treaty.Posted on September 15...

This postcard depicts four iconic Holy Land sites. Image courtesy of Hebrew University

Hebrew U gets 130,000 messages from the past in Holy Land postcard collection

By ISRAEL21c Staff October 9, 2020

Ever wonder what first impressions Kaiser Wilhelm II might have tweeted upon his arrival in Jerusalem in October 1898? Or what Instagram and WhatsApp messages British soldiers in Palestine during World War I would have sent?Long before the era of instantaneous...

Dates growing on Hannah, a tree germinated from ancient seeds in Israel. Photo by Marcos Schonholz

Scientists grow fresh dates from a 6th century BCE seed

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c October 9, 2020

Mazal tov to Hannah and Methuselah on their 111 miracle babies! The proud parents are date palms grown from ancient seeds uncovered in archeological excavations in Israel.These dates, recently picked at the Arava Institute at Kibbutz Ketura in southern...

Thousands of films from The Jerusalem Cinematheque’s Israel Film Archive have undergone digitization and are now available for all. Photo by Bar Mayer 

Explore a treasure trove of Israeli films old and new

By Naama Barak, Israel21c October 1, 2020

Jerusalem Cinematheque’s Israel Film Archive features 30,000 titles recorded on 2 million meters of film – now digitized and many available for free.In a fortuitous turn of events, the Israel Film Archive uploaded its extensive library online just...

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020. Photo by Nic Crilly-Hargrave

65 Israeli wines win medals in Decanter World Wine Awards

BY ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN, Israel21c October 1, 2020

Six Israeli wineries won gold medals in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards. Considered the “Oscars” of wine awards, Decanter’s competition has become the world’s largest wine contest over the past 17 years.  “Over 28 consecutive days in...

Blue And White Knesset member Yoaz Hendel speaks during a conference of The Israel Victory Project in Ramat Gan on Sept. 8, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Israel rolls out super-fast 5G network

October 1, 2020

By Jewish News Syndicate (www.jns.org) Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel announced on Tuesday that three Israeli telecommunications companies had been awarded licenses to operate Fifth Generation (5G) communications networks in the country. “As...

Israeli travelers enjoy a celebratory arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, March 23, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Rapid COVID-19 screening test developed in Israel to be used in major European airports

By Marcy Oster, JTA September 22, 2020

A rapid COVID-19 screening test developed in Israel will be used to screen passengers in several European airports. The test involves gargling with a small amount of special mouthwash and spitting it into a test tube.Virusight Diagnostic, a newly formed...

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