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Marathon Winner: Demi Samuel Getachew

Winning Time: 2:14:30

The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon took place on February 22, 2019. 40,000 runners participated in Israel’s biggest sporting event of the year. 2,500 international participants from China, Germany, Poland, Russia, US, UK, Italy, France and more hit the city to take part in the Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon, including a large delegation of elite international runners attempting to break the marathon record and potentially win a prize of $40,000. The standing record was set in 2015 by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya at a time of 2:10:30.

This year, the Tel Aviv Marathon took participants on a stunning 42km route winding its way through the beating heart of the city. Runners started at the Tel Aviv Expo in northern Tel Aviv and then followed the route through many of the city’s most celebrated neighborhoods, including Sarona Market, Rabin Square and Old Jaffa - one of the most ancient port cities of the world. The route also took runners along the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon continued this year to support social and community engagement, and encouraged marathon runners to take advantage of their participation to raise funds for charity. This year- Samsung pledged to match each calorie burnt by the runners with a similar calorie-rich food product it will donate to families in need. The calories were calculated on screens throughout the track. For example, if 500,000 calories were burned in total, these will be converted into thousands of food products that together contain 500,000 calories.

Ron Huldai, The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The Marathon, currently celebrating its 11th year, has become an acclaimed International event, standing in line with the great marathons in the world. We welcome the 2,500 runners who joined us from abroad to participate in the unique experience that we create annually in the city."

The marathon heats:

  • Marathon – 42.195 km
  • Semi-Marathon- 21 km
  • 10 km race
  • 5 km race
  • Hand-cycle race

Mini-Marathon for kids- 500m and 1km

*Marathon Photo Credit: Ronen Topelberg, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality)






The Israel chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine (l’Accademia Italiana della Cucina) held its first meal of the year in the picturesque old port of Jaffa, on February 20, 2019, at the restaurant Sicilia.  

The event was organized by Academy Delegate Cinzia Klein and Vice Delegate Sabrina Fadlun, with the collaboration of Ms. Jenny Innocenti. The dinner was prepared by Chef Udi Meiri; and during the course of the evening, Chef Emanuela Panke entertained the guests with an interesting quiz on Sicilian food.  

The dinner menu comprised four courses, beginning with antipasti consisting of beef tartare bruschette, arancini al peperone and pizza margherita. These were followed by two pasta dishes served as primi: mushroom risotto, and linguine in a pesto sauce.


The secondi, or main courses, were two kinds of steak -- entrecôte and sirloin -- as well as fish: grilled sea bream. There were also two desserts: lemon cheesecake and tiramisu.  

The red and white wines accompanying the meal were both from the Tomassi winery in the Piedmont region of Italy: Pinot Grigio, 2017, and Rompicollo di Poggio al Tufo.  



Attending the dinner was a large delegation from the Embassy of Italy in Israel, including H.E. Ambassador Gianluigi de Benedetti and his wife Sabina; First Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Gianmarco Macchia;, First Secretary for Press and Political Affairs Francesco De Angelis; Mr. Francesco  Meucci, head of the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs; Mr. Marco Graziosi, the deputy head of the Consular Chancery; Defense Attaché Guido Cerioni and his wife Sarah; and Mr. Fabio Ruggirello, director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv

Additional distinguished guests in attendance were author Dr. Nessia Laniado, and food industry consultant Giordana Di Castro.


Photos by Silvia Golan


The 'Red South' - 'Darom Adom' 2019 Festival Preview

 This year the anemones in the South of Israel have bloomed early making this preview tour even better than last. Again the preview tour presented some new participants that will be opening their gates to festival comers this year.

WHEN: Over five weekends 31 Jan 2019 - 2 March 2019

Additional details can be found on the OFFICIAL FESTIVAL'S HEBREW WEBSITE.  https://www.habsor.co.il

In general, the festival offers plenty of activities for the whole family ranging from nature tours with actors that greet the children in the fields, markets, agricultural fairs, Bedouin workshops, the Be'eri Mountain Biking Marathon (Feb 8th, 2019), the traditional anemones march held by KKL-JNF (Feb 9th, 2019), the anemone race (Feb 15th, 2019) and much more.

The festival also include live musical performances termed "South Red LIVE" by the best Israeli artists every Thursday and Friday night throughout festival sites. The musicians this year will include Rita; Shlomi Shaban, Asaf Amdursky and Yael Kraus in their performance "Singing the High Windows"; Hadag Nahash will host "Tuna"; Shuli Rand; Maor Edri; "Slightly different"; David and Jonathan - David Broza and Jonathan Geffen; Tipex and more. You are encouraged to arrive on Thursday and make a long weekend of it, in order to enjoy the festival more fully.

Trip Agenda Options

  • The flour mill "Kemah Haaretz" in Moshav Kochav Michael
  • The anemone field at the Varmulan Parking Lot in Sa'ad Junction
  • A creative workshop at Tutsi's Courtyard in Moshav Maslul
  • Farm 77 in Moshav Tkuma
  • Green Pub in Kibbutz Nir Am
  • Kibbutz Yad Mordechai


The flour mill "Kemah Haaretz", Moshav Kochav Michael

The flour mill 'Kemah Haaretz" is a boutique kosher mill in the South serving both bakeries all over Israel.

During the festival, the flour mill will be opened on Fridays for baking demonstrations, tasting and the sale of baked goods. You will be able to see the flour mill, the grinders and receive an explanation of their milling process. Breads can be ordered in advance.

The Anemone Field at the Varmulan Parking Lot in Sa'ad Junction

The beautiful anemone flower photos were taken in this field. This location includes a deck footpath built by KKL-JNF leading from the parking lot to the observation post. The deck is easily accessible for people with disabilities and leads them all the way into the field.



A Creative Workshop at Tutsi's Courtyard in Moshav Maslul

A very sweet couple live in Moshav Maslul. Tutsi (she'll tell you how she got her nickname) and her partner Daniel Moreno a carpenter and chef have opened a very special workshop and gallery full of their handmade furniture and other vintage items. The two of them work with recycled wood, renovating old furniture and custom-made furniture.

During the festival you are invited to one of their workshops to create crafts that you take home. There is one entitled "Talking signs" in which you learn to create a wooden sign. Another workshop called "Everything hangs on it" allows you to create hangars or racks. A third workshop entitled "A story in a box" is for building your own windowbox of spices. Also, during the festival there will be workshops for the renovation and painting of "Shabby Chic" furniture.

You can also buy refreshments on site in case you're hungry.



Farm 77 in Moshav Tkuma

Farm 77 will be celebrating the strawberry season during the festival and offers self-picking of hanging strawberries, a tractor tour, an educational tour of the hothouses with agricultural explanations.

Green Pub in Kibbutz Nir Am

Green Pub is a restaurant-bar where some of the live music shows will take place. As its name suggests it offers dishes for the whole family and a rich bar. Due to its location you can even schedule it as a stopover for a late meal on the way back home to close the day.

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

During the festival, you are invited to the bee and honey house where you will see a demonstration from a beekeeper, enjoy honey tasting, create a candle craft from beeswax and can even register for a honey cake workshop. Also available are the tractor tour and a guided activity at the 1948 battlefield where the children are able climb real tanks and touch the authentic weapons.

After the activities, visitors will be able to drive to the anemone field in the Karmia reserve near the kibbutz.

For the contact details of all these locations, please refer to the full article on:



Photos by Silvia Golan

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Scientists are not generally required to display prowess in modern dance, but Dr. Roni Zohar of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Science Teaching Department recently showed her moves in an award-winning science/dance video. Her video placed first, over the weekend, in the social sciences category of the “Dance your PhD” contest held by Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The competition, now in its 11th year, picks its winners from entries in which PhD students and former students describe their PhD subjects through dance, and it is judged in four categories – biology, physics, chemistry, and social sciences – by a panel of judges that includes scientists and figures from the world of the arts. 

Zohar did not just use dance to interpret her work: Dance is an integral part of her research. She investigates ways of using movement to teach high school students basic concepts in physics. In the video, dancers pose in the bubble-like space at the top of the Institute’s particle accelerator as Zohar weaves between them, waking them up; and 10thgrade students are filmed demonstrating such concepts as angular velocity and balance by walking in a line or leaning in various poses. Titled Movements as a Door for Learning Physics Concepts – Integrating Embodied Pedagogy in Teaching, the video describes Zohar’s PhD research conducted under the guidance of Prof. Bat Sheva Eylon of the Science Teaching Department and Prof. Dor Abrahamson of the University of California at Berkeley. Zohar will soon be undertaking postdoctoral research into the phenomenon of movement in learning at the Institute under the guidance of Prof. Ehud Ahissar of the Neurobiology Department and Prof. Atan Gross of the Biological Regulation Department.

It helps us to understand that these rules were not useless discoveries, but are a part of the world around us

Dance has long been a part of Zohar’s life. She studied dance in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at the same time as she was attaining her undergraduate degree in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her MSc, in Neurobiology, focused on motor control. Today, in addition to training science teachers' through the Ministry of Education, Zohar teaches classes in movement and improvisation. And this year, for the first time, she is leading a course on “movement, science, and learning” at the Feinberg Graduate School, the academic arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Zohar was assisted in creating her video by a choreographer, Rotem Lev, and a movie maker and editor, Yael Leibovitz-Zand.

“When the learning material is not just on the board, it helps us to understand that these rules were not useless discoveries, but are a part of the world around us. Experiencing them reduces the fear of learning,” explains one of the 10th-grade students at the end of the video.



Dr. Roni Zohar’s research and this project are supported by the Maurice and Ilse Katz Center for Science Teaching; the Trump Foundation; the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations; and the Sandy Wall Endowment Fund for Science Teaching.





 Video Credits 

 Roy Berkovich (dancers)

Roya Meydan (‘Balance’ scene)

David Ben Ari (‘Angular Velocity scene)


Weizmann Institute of Science






Nine top MUN students from all over Israel competed in the Yale MUN conference in a Debate for Peace delegation that lasted from January 14-21. The trip included visits to UNHQ in NYC, interfaith meetings, discussions with scholars and experts, and of course the competition at Yale, one of the largest Model UN conferences in the world.


The delegation included top MUN students from schools in Akko, Even Yehuda, Haifa, Iksal, Mazkeret Batya, Netanya, Petah Tiqva, and Sakhnin. On January 15th, their first full day in the US, the group met with Eddie Ashkenazie of the Diarna project, to learn about the digital mapping of Jewish heritage sites. From there they visited the UN, the Kosovo Consulate General, and the Swiss Mission to the UN. At the Kosovo Consulate, Ines Demiri hosted an interfaith discussion including Imam Dr. Tahir Kukaj and Rabbi Joshua Stanton. While in NYC the group also visited the 9/11 Memorial, and after some sightseeing, met with Sheikh Musa Drammeh in the Bronx to learn about his efforts to promote peace and understanding between different faiths.




After traveling to New Haven, the delegation began with the focal point of the trip--the Yale Model UN conference. After an opening reception for the international delegations, the delegates were divided into one of approximately 40 committees to begin debates. The second day of the conference was Yale Day, highlighting Yale’s academics and campus. Debate for Peace met with Sari Bashi, a visiting human rights fellow at Yale law school, to discuss efforts to improve human rights and freedom of mobility for Palestinians. Next, they met with Professor Frank Griffel for pizza and a wide-ranging discussion on academic research, Judeo-Arabic, and Islam.


After three intense days of MUN, the closing ceremony of YaleMUN XLV was held on January 20th. Aviv Hanuka, from Sharet Netanya, won Outstanding Delegate in the G20 committee, and Mihal Mizrahi, from the Hadassim school, received second place in the photography category of the Yale arts competition.


Saeed Salem, from Ort Hilmi Shafie in Akko, told Diplomacy that the Yale delegation had been “one of the best experiences in my life," and that he was “sad because it ended but happy it happened." Julian Azzam, from the Convent of Nazareth School in Haifa agreed, saying “The experience at YaleMUN was definitely different than anything else I have seen.” Hanna Zohn De Garay from Hadassim added that “a lot of people in our world have the ability to talk, only a few have enough wisdom to learn how to listen. Those are the ones that can make the big necessary changes that we need to make in our world.”


Steven Aiello, the director of Debate for Peace, thanked the YaleMUN XLV organizers for helping to make this delegation happen, including providing a regional scholarship that made the trip financially feasible.


The upcoming Debate for Peace MUN delegation will be to MEDIMUN in Nicosia, Cyprus.

For more information see Debateforpeace.org

 Photo credit: Debate for Peace