2012 London Olympics

Now let’s volunteer, and smile

By Barry Frankfurt, August 17, 2012

Ever since London was awarded the Olympics back in 2005, we have heard a great deal about the legacy the Games will leave behind. Under the mantra of "Inspire a Generation", the London Organising Committee set itself the goal of engaging the public not just for two weeks but for the rest of our lives.


After Olympic disappointment, Meet Israel's Paralympic medal hopes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2012

After its worst performance at the Olympic Games since Barcelona in 1992, Israel's sporting fortunes are expected to improve as its Paralympians attempt to match the six medals they took home from Beijing.


Heroes: the volunteers of London 2012

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

As the country gets back to normal, a look back at some of those who made London 2012 run so smoothly.

Read more about them here

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Two remarkable Israeli athletes looking to strike gold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Sailing into medal contention

Arnon Efrati, Dror Cohen and Benny Wexler, took gold in Athens and triumphed at the World Sailing Championship last year. After narrowly missing out in Beijing, their aim is to become the first double gold medallists in Paralympics sailing history.


Hugs, happiness and a host of golden Olympic volunteer memories

By Jennifer Lipman and Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Miranda Salter, aged 49, from Hendon, was a performer at the opening and closing ceremonies
"Danny Boyle signed my drumsticks. He gave a speech before the opening ceremony. He said: “In 10 minutes we are going live to the world”. Then he came to speak to some of the performers. I asked for an autograph, and the drumsticks were the only thing I had for him to sign.


Gold medal gymnast wins Israelis' hearts

By JC Reporter, August 16, 2012

Gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman — whose floor routine was set to Hava Nagilah - has proved an inspiration for many ordinary Israelis.

Dan Yagudin, a member of University of Haifa Hillel, wrote and circulated a tribute letter to the gymnast.


Trying to keep track of it all

By Peter Rosengard, August 14, 2012

London Olympic conversation number one, in a taxi. "Going to the Games?" I ask the cabbie. "No mate… I've got no tickets," he said sadly. Did you apply for any tickets? "No, I didn't"

"You know something? I think there's a connection here ," I said.


Gold medal winner Aly Raisman to holiday in Israel

By Anna Sheinman, August 13, 2012

US gymnast and three time Olympic medal winner Aly Raisman has accepted an official invitation to visit Israel for the first time. The Jerusalem Post reported that the 18-year-old Jewish athlete, whose gold medal-winning floor routine was set to 'Hava Nagila', was invited, along with her family, by Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein.


New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh wins gold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

A second Jewish athlete will be celebrating this Shabbat with an Olympic gold medal.

New Zealander Jo Aleh and her racing partner Olivia Powrie won the medal for sailing.

They triumphed in the women's 470 regatta at Weymouth Bay.

Ms Aleh, 26, has Israeli parents and is part of a Progressive Jewish community in Auckland.


Synagogue's Olympic change of venue

August 10, 2012

A London shul has decided that road closures for an Olympic race on Saturday would make it too hard for congregants to get there. So Westminster Synagogue — because of the 50- kilometre men’s walk — is instead teaming up for a joint Shabbat morning service with West London Synagogue.