Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., one of the greatest basketball players of all times, will arrive in Israel on September 4 to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Jerusalem Arena, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned.
Johnson’s participation in the event was initiated by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat together with the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Consulate in New York.
The NBA management agreed to send 10 present and retired basketball stars for a festive exhibition game against the Hapoel Jerusalem club. The game will be the highlight of the inauguration events for the new multi-purpose sports arena in the capital’s Malha neighborhood.
The Jerusalem Arena will be one of the most advanced sports facilities ever built in Israel, competing against similar facilities worldwide. The municipality’s goal is to turn the Malha area into the capital’s international sports district which will host major international events.
The NBA stars’ visit to Israel will be funded by donations. According to the organizers, the inauguration ceremony will also include performances by leading international artists, whose names they refused to reveal at the moment.
Magic Johnson began and ended his career in the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships with the team. He holds a personal record of three NBA Most Valuable Player (MPV) awards both in the season and in the finals.
He first retired from basketball in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV. Many in the United States praised him as a hero, and even former US President George H. W. Bush said that “for me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports.”
Johnson returned to play in the1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. He then retired again for four years, returning in 1996 to play 32 games with the Lakers before retiring for the last time.
In 2002, he inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Today Johnson is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.
Jewish American director may visit Israel soon in order to root for his niece, Jessica Katz, one of the contestants in Channel 2′s reality singing competition “The Voice Israel.”
Sources in the show’s production say they were informed by Spielberg’s relatives that the visit could take place soon, depending on the progress Katz makes in the competition. Spielberg’s father Arnold, his sisters Susan and Nancy, Katz’s mother, and his brother-in-law Shimon Katz, have already visited the set.
Arnold Spielberg, 97, who bought his son his first 8-millimeter camera, arrived in Israel to applaud his granddaughter during one of the show’s episodes. His daughter Nancy will be returning to Israel soon with a documentary she produced about the Israel Air Force, which has been selected for the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
Jessica Katz hinted in a recent interview she gave Yedioth Ahronoth’s Nevo Ziv that her famous uncle may visit Israel soon. “He hasn’t been here for a long time and he said there’s a chance he’ll come here in the summer,” she said.
Innovation: Africa (I:A) is a organization that works towards bringing solar powered energy to parts of Africa that are without power.
This week, Mutombo and eight other NBA players are set to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo to power a hospital in Kanasha (Mutombo’s hometown). The power provided will ensure better health care with a wider span of surgery time, refrigerated medicines and vaccines for individuals in and around that area.
Accompanying them will be the head of Innovation: Africa, Sivan Ya’ari. “All the technology is developed in Israel, said Ya’ari. “With similar climates and natural resources, Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies are a natural fit for African villages,” she said. “Our mission is to share the knowledge and expertise developed in Israel with people and communities that need it.”
Watch Innovation: Africa’s video below.
Veteran American singer to give one concert in Tel Aviv on September 14.
After a 60-year musical career, Tony Bennett is finally coming to Israel. The 88-year-old American singer, known for his deep baritone voice, will give one show at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium on September 14.
Ticket prices begin at NIS 209 (about $61), depending on the seat’s location.
Bennett’s collaboration with Amy Winehouse
Bennett, who has won 17 Grammy awards and received numerous tributes for his work, has had some unforgettable collaborations with artists like Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones and others.
In 2011, he celebrated his 85th birthday and released the album “Duets II,” making history as the oldest living artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
Bennett will arrive in Israel with his eternal hits, including “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Because of You” and “Rags to Riches.”
Congratulations. Lucky for the rest of us, who are not Israeli, we can only
dream… get fake tans, put in hair extensions, starve ourselves, and workout. It’s not fair. On the bright side, they are nice to look at.
To follow is a taste of Israel’s god-like breed from Israel21c’s hottest models to watch for.
Ladies, hold in there. Men, hold it in.
When CeeLo isn’t writing, singing or cursing at his fans, he’s teaching them how to sing on NBC’s “The Voice” with Christina Aguilara, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and on a special occasion, his Purrfect kitty. If CeeLo brought Purrfect to Israel, he would have no trouble fitting in to the sea of cats there.