2012 London Olympics

Peer to play Sharapova

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2012

Israel's Shahar Peer has been handed a daunting first-round draw against former Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova at the Olympic Games.

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Israel can't wait for Games to start, says Zinger

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2012

Efraim Zinger believes that Israeli athletes will have the experience of a lifetime when they set foot in the Olympic Stadium for tonight’s opening ceremony in Stratford.

Zinger said: “We’re all very excited about the opening ceremony. It has a very special and unique energy.”

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Cameron will attend Guildhall Munich commemoration

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

David Cameron has agreed to attend the Guildhall commemoration to mark the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes at the hands of Palestinian terrorists 40 years in Munich.

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Rules for the Shabbat Olympics

By Neil Abrahams, July 26, 2012

Today, in case you hadn't heard, the London Olympic Games will commence.

To celebrate, and in recognition of the proximity of some of our shuls to some of the events, wouldn't it be fitting if we were to hold an "Olympic Shabbat" this weekend?

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The Munich petition that helped the world remember

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The chief executive of the Jewish Community Centre that launched the global petition for an official Olympic silence in memory of the Munich 11 has hailed the campaign for bringing the tragedy to the world's attention.

David Kirschtel, who runs the JCC Rockland in upstate New York, has been working with Ankie Spitzer – widow of murdered fencing coach Andre Spitzer – for several years.

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Kosher food at the London Olympics — it's a secret

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

Spectators hoping to buy kosher food at London 2012 may face an Olympian effort to locate their meals.

Strict rules on advertising at the Olympics means companies providing kosher meals cannot promote their products or tell Jewish spectators where the food will be available.

Kosher food producer Hermolis is among the companies contracted to create special meals during the Games.

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Medics ready for all comers at London 2012

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Despite working out of the Olympic Village for the next fortnight, doctors Roger Wolman and David Elias are hoping that they don't bump into any of the world's premier athletes.

They are part of a team of 100 medical experts based in the Polyclinic in the Olympic Village over the course of the games, ready to treat any injuries.

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How IOC scotched Israel before 1948 London Olympics

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Since the last time the Olympic Games were staged in London, Israeli athletes have won seven medals.

This week, the team will not only be looking to improve on this record, they will also be savouring the first chance to compete at a London Games under a blue and white flag.

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Modest request but leaves a bitter taste

By Martin Bright, July 26, 2012

This week the London Olympics will finally begin and the organisers will hope the carping of the naysayers will be drowned out in a rush of national pride and sporting excellence.

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Cameron intervenes to lobby IOC for change of heart on Munich silence

By Martin Bright and Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

David Cameron has personally intervened in a last-minute attempt to provide a commemoration at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics for the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

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