2012 London Olympics

British Jews alert and ready to deal with London 2012 Olympic security concerns

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Despite the murders in Bulgaria, the London Olympics poses no specific threat to the Jewish community, although organisations should remain vigilant, experts have advised.


Just a minute, that's all

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

Perhaps they are concerned Arab nations will react badly to a silence in memory of 11 men – Israeli men - murdered for representing their country at a sporting event that is supposed to be above politics?


Munich widows of Israeli victims to push IOC

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The widows of two of the athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics 40 years ago are planning to come to London to deliver a petition for a minute’s silence in memory of the victims.


Meet the East Enders Cashing in on the Olympics: Forman's Fish Island and Go London Tours

By Candice Krieger, July 19, 2012

London 2012 will bring new business opportunities for many. In the first of a two-part feature, we profile some of the entrepreneurs making the most of next week’s Games.


When London won the Olympic bid in 2005, Lance Forman, owner of famous smoked salmon manufacturer Forman’s, says his “heart sank.”


Struggle to achieve the Olympian ideal

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, July 15, 2012

Picture a Jew. Do we look pale and weedy, or perhaps overweight - probably not too Olympian. Or maybe you picture a "Chalutz" - a pioneer from the early Zionist period, muscles gleaming, a heavy farm implement slung lightly over the shoulder?


Olympic gymnast backs Munich memorial silence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

A Jewish gymnast who is set to compete in the London Olympics has called for the IOC to commemorate the victims of the Munich massacre with a minute's silence.

More than 92,000 people have backed Ankie Spitzer – the widow of one of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics – in her bid to convince the Olympic organiser to honour the victims in this way.


Global stars will light up London Olympics

By Danny Caro, July 13, 2012

In part three of our preview of the 2012 Olympic Games, we focus on some of the Jewish athletes from around the globe

Country: USA
Date of birth: June 24,1990
Born: New Jersey
Sport: Gymnastics (trampolining)


Munich memorial planned for Olympic Shabbat

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 13, 2012

Hundreds of synagogues across the world will host a special kaddish on Shabbat July 28 (the day after the opening ceremony of the Olympics), for the Israeli athletes murdered 40 years ago in Munich.

The kaddish is the initiative of Barry Shaw, co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victim Fund and author of Israel Reclaiming the Narrative.


Continuing row over minute's silence for murdered Munich athletes

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

The International Olympic Committee has insisted that no change has been made over the decision not to hold a minute’s silence at the opening ceremony of London 2012 for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Games in 1972.

Rumours were rife this week that a change of heart could be on the cards regarding a commemoration at an official Olympic ceremony.


The artist behind the London 1948 Olympic images

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

The Jewish graphic artist who created the official stamp for the 1948 London Olympics was nicknamed “Olympic Games” in honour of his contribution.

Abram Games, who also designed the British European Airways poster for the Olympics, entered a competition to come up with the stamp in 1947.