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  • A bar mitzvah amid the medals

    After attending a night of competition at the Bird’s Nest, and before seeing American NBA stars crush the opposition, Isaac Shapiro of Illinois was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

  • Swastikas found in Washington field

    About 40 swastikas were found scrawled on hay bales in a field in Washington State.

  • A ‘shalom’ from Chinese schoolchildren

    Israeli Olympic swimmers visiting a Beijing elementary school were greeted with cries of “shalom” from young Chinese students clutching Israeli flags.

  • Munich victims remembered in Beijing

    The Israelis hosted a ceremony honoring the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich, but the pervasive question was, why won’t the International Olympic Committee get involved?

  • Israeli Olympians visit Beijing school

    Four Israeli Olympic swimmers (Itai Chammah, Guy Barnea, Tom Beera and Gal Nevo), the Israeli Ambassador to China, the President of Israel’s National Swimming Association and a slew of Chinese and Israeli reporters visited the Shi Jia Primary School on Monday, Aug. 18. This school was assigned Israel as part of a Beijing-wide program of…

  • Beijing Bar Mitzvah

    His voice had the slightest rasp to it, but that was probably from cheering on Team USA during the athletics competition at the Bird’s Nest the previous night. Isaac Shapiro did a remarkable job with his maftir and haftarah portion during his “American bar mitzvah in Beijing” on Saturday, Aug. 16. His family also sponsored…

  • Beijing blues skies to cheer up Israeli athletes

    With sailing competitions in Qingdao up and running today after being postponed due to insufficient wind, Israel’s Olympic delegation has something to be happy about again. Already at the time of this blogging, Israeli sailing duo Nike Kornecky and Vered Bouskila had moved up to third place in the rankings for the Women’s 470 event,…

  • Israeli Shooting

    This post’s title might be alarmist considering I am blogging about Olympic competition, not an act of violence. Still, I find myself just a bit alarmed that Israeli shooters are not the sharpest in the world. I think Jews, outside of Israel at least, like to mythologize the IDF and Israeli military prowess. Yet off…

  • Basketball’s Blatt

    During the first week of the Beijing Games, the media focused on the Iranian swimmer who skipped a race with an Israeli in the next lane, but not enough attention was paid to the historic handshakes that the entire men’s basketball team of Iran gave to a dual citizen American-Israeli Jew. That Jew was David…

  • Swapping old Jewish swim records for new ones

    Jewish-American swimmers Garret Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, along with Cullen Jones and the unstoppable Olympic champion Michael Phelps, made history in the pool on Monday, August 11. The US relay team won the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and smashed the world record by nearly four seconds on their way to the gold. In…