US author Joyce Carol Oates accepts Jerusalem Prize, May 12, 2019. (Youtube)

US author Joyce Carol Oates’ Jerusalem Prize was “the high point” in her career; Israel’s booth at the Buenos Aires Book Fair wins Best Site prize; ultra-orthodox woman wins marathon; and much more!


Jerusalem Prize is her greatest achievement.

Acclaimed US author Joyce Carol Oates made her first-ever trip to Israel to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize. The author of 60 novels, winner of the National Book Award and five Pulitzer nominations, called the Jerusalem Prize “the high point” in her career.

The best site at the Buenos Aires Book Fair

Israel’s booth at the Buenos Aires Book Fair was awarded the prize for Best Site in the “Countries” category at what is considered the most well-attended book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. At the booth, Israel’s Orcam donated a device that helps blind people read.

The World’s largest Vegan food festival

The Sarona complex in Tel Aviv is hosting Vegan Fest – the “world’s largest vegan festival” from June 6-7. 50,000 attendees are expected to sample vegan options from 100 food stalls. The free event features live performances, workshops, lectures and children’s entertainment.

The real winner of Eurovision was Israel

Tiny Israel showed that it could host the largest music competition in the world. It put on a slick, polished, dynamic production on a fabulous stage. Tel Aviv’s Eurovision Village was a hive of activity all week and the positivity of the event resounded throughout Israel.

Haredi woman wins Riga half-marathon

Beatie Deutsch from Jerusalem finished in first place in the Riga half-marathon in Latvia. Mother of five children, Deutsch began running only 3 years ago and is the first haredi person to win an international athletics competition. She is now training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.