Malcolm Ginsberg

Israel hosts cycle tour
For the first time in cycling history, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe, with Israel hosting the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia, beginning with an individual time trial in Jerusalem. Leading the Sky Team will be Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
The route has been chosen to symbolize peace and fraternity, and to demonstrate that sport can build bridges between communities, nations and religions of the world. Starting with the opening ceremony in Jerusalem on May 3, and concluding three weeks later in Rome, the 2018 edition of the Giro d’Italia promises to be truly memorable.
The race has three stages in Israel. The opening 9.7km time trial on Friday, May 4 will shape the overall classification and perhaps even see Froome immediately in the pink jersey. It is followed by stages for the sprinters to Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Eilat, with time bonuses ensuring some very close racing. No time for the views but a huge welcome at the city centre airport, probably the last major event before its closes
www.giroditalia.it/eng

Sanhedrin trail and Tel Aviv walk
In honour of Independence Day, the Israel Antiquities Authority has opened the Sanhedrin Trail – a unique interactive trail prepared and excavated by young people, and presented to the country to celebrate 70 years of independence, symbolically 70km long and passing sites associated with the 70 members of the Great Sanhedrin. These scholars recorded the Mishnah and Talmud during their 290 years in the Galilee following the Bar Kochba revolt against Rome in 135 CE. The Great Sanhedrin originally sat on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. A visitors’ centre is being built in Tiberias to give the public an opportunity to better understand the project and participate in the excavations while getting to know the city’s ancient heritage.
If the 70km of the Sanhedrin Trail is a bit too long for you a new must-see tourist attraction opens this month in honour of Independence Day – an interactive 1km walking route which is illuminated at night. The trail is free of charge, and visitors can experience the unique route using a mobile app, where interactive information will appear at each historical spot. Courtesy guided English tours will depart from the information centre on Rothschild Blvd. 11.00am every Friday and Saturday at 16:00pm until the end of May.
www.israel21c.org/sanhedrin-trail-to-be-israels-1st-interactive-hiking-path/

Was Christopher Columbus Jewish?
This is one of the talks given by Dr. Henry Abramson on a fully Kosher river cruise 29 July to 9 August along the Douro River from and back to Porto. An important maritime port and commercial town, Porto was one of the main cities where Jews settled in Portugal. The history of the Jewish community of the capital of the northern region is inseparable from the history of the Hebrew presence in Portugal. From rolling vineyards to grand historic structures, magic waterscapes to endlessly engaging vistas, the Douro is a special river. And when you have done your seven nights on the five-star MS Douro Serenity take the train to Lisbon. No problems with the clock, as Portugal times itself the same as Britain, and flights are a plenty. And as for Christopher Columbus the answer was that he was probably not Jewish, but had a lot of Jewish friends. He could read Hebrew too. http://www.kosherrivercruise.com