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Mati Oren with his four medals at the Shanghai Special Olympics World Games in 2007.

NBA teams choose two Israelis in draft

Yotam Halperin – A good chance to be the first Israeli to play in the NBA. Israeli basketball players Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin were selected in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday morning. Following Doron Sheffer, …

‘Choozing’ your animated mobile content

Characters from Chooz’s made-for-mobile animated series ‘Foreplay’ – chosen for development by Fox TV Studios.When it comes to cutting edge mobile platform programming, Israel’s Chooz is ready to play in the big leagues. At least that’s what executives at American …

Ghanaian soccer player proud of Israel connection

Ghanaian soccer player John Pentsil celebrates a World Cup victory by waving an Israeli flag.The national Israel soccer team may not have qualified for the World Cup, but an Israeli presence is being felt anyway. Ghanaian soccer player John Pantsil …

Israeli debater makes her case

University of Haifa student Anat Gelber: We’re teaching people to listen to one another, to argue, and not just shout at one another.As a child, Anat Gelber wasn’t a big talker. “I had stage fright,” Gelber, 25, recalls. “I didn’t …

Getting your iPod right (to left)

Ben-Gurion University student Yinon Yamin: My accomplishment is that thousands of people are using my software as a solution.If you can teach a monkey to speak sign language, can you teach an iPod to speak Hebrew? One Israeli university student …

When Ahmed met Avshalom

Jewish and Arab Israelis play at Ein Bustan – When the kindergarten opened in September, 2005, there were two distinct groups.The children are pushing wooden wheelbarrows, clambering up the jungle gym, and cuddling floppy dolls. It is a scene you …

Congressmen and senators raise a glass to Israeli wine

California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, center, samples Israeli wine at the ‘America and Israel Together’ wine-tasting evening. (Photo: Ron Sacks)Lawmakers on Capitol Hill may think they know a lot about Israel – and many of them do. But last week, …