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Apr 25th


Paralympics: Gershony nets Israel’s first gold

Paralympics: Gershony nets Israel’s first gold

JERUSALEM — Israeli tennis player Noam Gershony won a gold medal in men’s singles at the London Paralympics games.

Gershony, a former Israeli Air Force pilot who was injured in a crash during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, defeated American David Wagner on Sept. 8 to win Israel’s first gold medal at the Games and the first for the country since 2004. It was Israel’s seventh medal at the 2012 Games.

Gershony began playing tennis less than two years ago, Ynet reported.

“I was very excited about your victory,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Gershony in a phone call on Sept. 8.

“The State of Israel embraces you for your great achievement. You symbolize the victory of the human spirit over the difficulties created by the reality in which we live. This is gold for you and the country.”

Gershony and Shraga Weinberg took the bronze medal in doubles tennis. The two played each other in the medal’s matches in men’s singles.

Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro took the bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle, her third bronze at the Games.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:39 )


The Dybbuk is back

The Dybbuk is backLOS ANGELES — Thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another preteen phase? There may be an alternate explanation: The dybbuk is back. The malevolent spirit from 16th-century Jewish mysticism and folklore reappears in “The Possession,” a Hollywood film featuring Matisyahu and Kyra Sedgwick that opened last week. In keeping with the times, the spirit has migrated from the Eastern European shtetl of S. Ansky’s play “The Dybbuk” to contemporary American suburbia and the home...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 September 2012 04:23 )


From homelessness to Paralympian

From homelessness to ParalympianBALTIMORE — Tahl Leibovitz spent much of his adolescence riding New York City’s subways — not for transportation or because of the trains’ allure. The subways were where Leibovitz lived. A troubled home and problems at school got Leibovitz kicked out of both places. Daytime, he wandered. At night, he rode the trains. Now, at 37, Leibovitz is flying to London to compete in the Paralympics, the international event for athletes with physical handicaps that runs Aug. 29-Sept. 6. A world-...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:46 )


All-female cast stages 'Willy Wonka'

All-female cast stages 'Willy Wonka'The musical "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" performed by the Jewish Denver Drama Girls will be brought to the stage by an all-female cast, Sunday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m., at Aish Denver. There will be one performance only for women and girls (and boys under age seven). The classic story is about five golden ticket winners receiving a factory tour at the famous Wonka Chocolate Factory and the antics and adventures that happen there, with singing and dancing along the way.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:10 )


Raisman's parents' video goes viral

Raisman's parents' video goes viralLONDON — A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered more than 25,000 hits on YouTube. The clip shows Raisman’s mother and father commenting on Raisman’s routine from the stands. Her mother, Lynn, says, “Let’s go, let’s go,” and “Come on, comeon” while shifting in her seat, and her father, Rick, remains silent until yelling “Stick it, please, stick it!” at the end of Raisman’s routine. Raisman, 18, ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:30 )

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