Awards and prizes

Tenor Placido Domingo wins Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2012

A British conductor best known for his work at the Berlin Philharmonic has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements in the arts and sciences.

Sir Simon Rattle, the former conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was named as the co-recipient of this year's Wolf Prize for his contribution to music.


Sorkin v Spielberg at the Golden Globes

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A film written by Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the second year in a row.

The Jewish screenwriter triumphed with the Best Screenplay award for The Social Network at last year's awards and could do the same at this January's ceremony.


Israel sets science lesson world record

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Less than two months after an Israeli took home the Nobel Prize for chemistry the country is celebrating a new scientific breakthrough.

The officials at Guinness World Records have confirmed that it is the new record holder for having staged the largest chemistry lesson.


Black Swan makers to film dark side of Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is to become the next Hollywood filmmaker to bring social networking to the big screen.

The film, about the dangers of online romances, will be based on a script by Mark Heyman, who also wrote Mr Aronofsky's Academy award winning hit Black Swan.

According to Variety, the film will be called XOXO.


Israeli actress Hanna Maron sets record for theatre career

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

An Israeli actress has set a new world record for years spent working in theatre.

Hanna Maron, who was born in 1923, began acting as a four-year-old in her native Germany and continued her career when she moved with her family to British Mandate Palestine to escape the rise of Nazism.


Swedish boycotters criticised for targeting Israeli scientists

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

A US human rights organisation has called on a group of Swedish academics who are publicly boycotting Israel to change their minds in the wake of the awarding of a Nobel Prize to an Israeli scientist.

Daniel Shechtman was named this year's Nobel Laureate for Chemistry on Wednesday for his discovery of quasicrystals, a finding that went against established scientific consensus.


Israel's Nobel Prize winners

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

As scientist Daniel Shechtman becomes the tenth Israeli to win a Nobel Prize, we celebrate those who came before him.



Israeli chemist Shechtman wins Nobel Prize

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

An Israeli scientist has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Daniel Shechtman was named as this year's recipient for "for the discovery of quasicrystals" in 1982


Nobel winner Steinman died before medicine prize announced

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

A scientist who was named as the joint-recipient of this year's Nobel Prize for medicine died just days before the announcement was made.

Canadian researcher Ralph Steinman lost his lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer on September 30, his family said. The 68-year-old worked at Rockefeller University in Manhattan.


Philanthropist Dan David dies at the age of 82

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A prominent Jewish philanthropist who created a prize to support high achievers in the arts and sciences has died at the age of 82.

Dan David was born in Romania but left and made aliyah in the 1960s because his Zionist activities put him at odds with the communist government.