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

An Israeli shoe-in

‘Beautifeel shoes are produced by craftsmen for discerning women who care about appearance’ – Ami Bar-Nahor.If you keep your eye to the ground on the streets and office buildings of the United States, you’re bound to find something Israeli. Shoes …

Israel wins first Olympic gold medal

“It’s a dream come true, it’s unbelievable that I’ve become the first Israeli to win a gold medal. I felt like the whole country was watching me and pushing me from behind,” said Olympic gold medal winner Gal Fridman at a press conference in Athens yesterday.

Israeli website reaches out to Arab world

Most writers to the site are merely expressing interest, but there are also those who ask for help.An email message arrived to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem a few weeks ago. “Message from Libyan intelligence, please read this,” wrote the …

North American doctors follow path of Israeli pioneer

Dr. Fred Schwartz (center), his wife Gerry (right), and their children are greeted by Health Minister Dan Naveh and an immigration official last week upon their arrival in Israel. The last of a special group of 15 North American doctors …

Windsurfer Gal Fridman (left) and judokan Arik Ze'evi (right). Photo by Moshe Milner

For Israeli athletes, it’s time to let the games begin

Israeli kayaker Michael Kolganov won a bronze medal in Sydney in 2000. This year he’s going for the gold. This week the most promising delegation of athletes in Israel’s Olympic history will stand to the test against representatives from over 200 nations at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

Israeli algorithms help you get your dates straight

The algorithms for date conversion are surprisingly concise, considering the complicated math on which they are based. (Illustration: Pnina Wolinsky-Sissman)The e-mail came from a Swede requesting that Tel Aviv University Professor Nachum Dershowitz look into the rules of the Samaritan …

Israel’s gay community steps out

Participants in a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem – the legal status of gays in Israel has improved in recent years.Israel’s liberal policy towards rights for homosexuals received a boost recently when Jerusalem was chosen to host WorldPride 2005. WorldPride …

Judo with a Hebrew accent

Arik Ze’evi after defending his European title in Bucharest.Judo holds a special place in Israel’s sports pantheon. The country’s first Olympic medal was won by a judoka, Yael Arad, at the Olympic games in Barcelona in 1992. Narrowly missing the …