24
Apr

Israel Triumphs in the (Mini) World Cup

(Photo: Argentinean Federation of Jewish Community Centers)

(Photo: Argentinean Federation of Jewish Community Centers)

With the World Cup coming this summer, soccer fever is sure to spread across the globe. For a team of young Israeli soccer players, that fever has arrived early. Writing for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Diego Melamed reports that Israel’s entry in the “Mini World Cup” beat Brazil to take home the championship:

Israel has never won soccer’s World Cup and has not qualified for the tournament since 1970.

That didn’t stop the Jewish state from triumphing in its Mundialito de Futbol Infantil — or “Mini World Cup” — debut in Buenos Aires last week, where it beat Brazil in the final.

A soccer tournament for Jewish kids age 9-12, the Mundialito takes place every other year, hosted by the Argentinean Federation of Jewish Community…

   
Posted in: Argentina / Argentinean Federation of Jewish Community Centers / Brazil
23
Apr

Top 10 Ways Israel Fights Desertification

(Photo: JAFI)

(Photo: JAFI)

The Holy Land is covered by a vast amount of desert. As the climate becomes less predictable and the desert intrudes more and more, Israel has had to adapt in order to work the land and provide drinking water. ISRAEL21c looks at 10 amazing ways that Israel has not only adapted, but thrived while dealing with the land’s harsh conditions:

“In our system we not only plant trees and between them rows of crops, but gave the old a new twist by using legume shrub-like trees which can absorb atmospheric nitrogen through their root system,” [Professor Pedro] Berliner says. Soil fertility is maintained at practically no cost, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the system…

“Israel is helping combat desertification by making solar power a viable alternative to the conventional way…

   
Posted in: Agriculture / desert / desertification
14
Apr

Romeo and Juliet Brings Teens Together in Israel

(Photo: H. Parker Rolfe, Bryn Mawr College)

(Photo: H. Parker Rolfe, Bryn Mawr College)

A production of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has not only captured the imaginations of Israeli teens, it has brought youth of all backgrounds together and made them think about settling conflict and achieving peace. The Times of Israel reports that a British production of the play has been enjoyed in the Holy Land, and has broadened the young minds of Jews, Muslims, and Christians:

“That’s the great thing about this play,” (director Paul) Stebbings said. “It’s not just the tragedy about two people who kill themselves. It’s about how their death causes a reconciliation. We forget that in the romance.… I can only say that (the audience) should be able to see that conflict is not as important as the…

   
Posted in: Christians / Israel / Jews
14
Apr

The Racism of BDS

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

Anthony Hardy Williams – a state senator, civil-rights activist, and leader in the African-American community – takes the BDS movement to task for racism. While BDS would like to see itself as progressive, it too often resorts to prejudice, as in its recent attacks on Chloé Simone Valdary, an African-American undergraduate student who is also the founder of a pro-Israel organization:

Just as Jews stood with African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the 1960s, so too must we as leaders of the Black community stand together today with Chloé Simone Valdary, on the one hand, and the Jewish community, on the other hand.

Don’t dismiss this incident as a one-off. It represents a deeply troubling trend in an anti-Israel movement that goes way beyond honest criticism of Israeli…

   
Posted in: African Americans / Allies of Israel Association / Anthony Hardy Williams
8
Apr

Passover Coke: Time Machine in a Bottle

(Photo: flickr/16828091@N04)

(Photo: flickr/16828091@N04)

This time of year is especially joyful for the Jewish people, with Passover around the corner. However, it is a joyful time for aficionados of Coca-Cola, as well.

For Ashkenazi Jews (those descended from the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, and more than 80% of the world’s Jewish population), the formula of Coca-Cola is changed back to its truly original recipe due to dietary restrictions and is sold in bottles with yellow caps during Passover:

The colored cap means the Coke is made with cane sugar, so it tastes the way it did back in the day, before high fructose corn syrup took over the world. Corn, of course, is kitnyiot, that category of grains and legumes that are forbidden to Ashkenazi Jews during the holiday along with the more obvious foods like bread…

   
Posted in: Ashkenazi / cane sugar / Coca-Cola