Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #76!

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Meet Eitan Elbaum; he’s the smiley kid second from the right side of the picture. His smile got even brighter this week when he won a silver medal at the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI) held in Indonesia last month. It made it even more special because the team wasn’t allowed to travel to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world by population. Three hundred forty-six students from 90 countries competed in the world’s most prestigious computer science competition for high school students. Eitan credited his high school, Torah U’Mada Yeshiva High School, which teaches programming courses as early as 9th grade. Congratulations to Eitan and the entire Israeli delegation. #IsraeliPride

Thankfully, Covid restrictions are behind us, and it’s mostly a memory. Still, the health ministry has been preparing for Winter 2022-2023, and Israel announced that they’d be offering the adapted Covid booster later this month. The adaptation better protects from the Covid variants that have become more prevalent than the original virus. According to the health ministry, almost half of Israelis have received three vaccines, and about 850,000 have received four. We wish you all a healthy winter.

Meet Eitan Elbaum; he’s the smiley kid second from the right side of the picture. His smile got even brighter this week when he won a silver medal at the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI) held in Indonesia last month. It made it even more special because the team wasn’t allowed to travel to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world by population. Three hundred forty-six students from 90 countries competed in the world’s most prestigious computer science competition for high school students. Eitan credited his high school, Torah U’Mada Yeshiva High School, which teaches programming courses as early as 9th grade. Congratulations to Eitan and the entire Israeli delegation. #IsraeliPride

Thankfully, Covid restrictions are behind us, and it’s mostly a memory. Still, the health ministry has been preparing for Winter 2022-2023, and Israel announced that they’d be offering the adapted Covid booster later this month. The adaptation better protects from the Covid variants that have become more prevalent than the original virus. According to the health ministry, almost half of Israelis have received three vaccines, and about 850,000 have received four. We wish you all a healthy winter.

Marvel got backlash when it announced that they cast the Israeli actress Shira Haas to play the Israeli superhero Sabra in the upcoming “Captain America: New World Order.” I never knew the character existed, but the casting brought her into the spotlight. In the comics, Rut Bat-Seraph goes by the alias Sabra and first appeared in a cameo appearance in Incredible Hulk#250 in August 1980. She’s a Yerushalmi mutant, raised a special kibbutz, and worked for the Mossad and police. I hope the film version does her justice and she doesn’t get canceled with the uproar. #israelisuperhero

Finally, you probably know that Queen Elizabeth died last week unless you’ve been living under a rock. We’re grieving along with all of Great Britain, and send our condolences. However, her death means the start of the Reign of King Charles III. Aish put out a great piece about his affinity for Israel and even that he received his circumcision by Rabbi Snowman, a well-known mohail in London’s Jewish Community. There is a lot of fascinating info about Charles, and it sparks hope that the new King of Great Britain will be a great king for all Jews.

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Marvel got backlash when it announced that they cast the Israeli actress Shira Haas to play the Israeli superhero Sabra in the upcoming “Captain America: New World Order.” I never knew the character existed, but the casting brought her into the spotlight. In the comics, Rut Bat-Seraph goes by the alias Sabra and first appeared in a cameo appearance in Incredible Hulk#250 in August 1980. She’s a Yerushalmi mutant, raised a special kibbutz, and worked for the Mossad and police. I hope the film version does her justice and she doesn’t get canceled with the uproar. #israelisuperhero

Finally, you probably know that Queen Elizabeth died last week unless you’ve been living under a rock. We’re grieving along with all of Great Britain, and send our condolences. However, her death means the start of the Reign of King Charles III. Aish put out a great piece about his affinity for Israel and even that he received his circumcision by Rabbi Snowman, a well-known mohail in London’s Jewish Community. There is a lot of fascinating info about Charles, and it sparks hope that the new King of Great Britain will be a great king for all Jews.

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Israeli student wins silver medal in International Olympiad of Informatics

The education at JCT’s school for gifted religious students ‘definitely gave me a leg up when I faced off against other computer science students from around the world,’ said Eitan Elbaum.

Israel to roll out adapted COVID booster this month, official says

Coronavirus czar Salman Zarka urges people at risk to receive shot designed to combat the Omicron BA.4/5 subvariants along with annual flu shot cautioning possible wave of both diseases; Health Ministry reported R factor tops one earlier in the week, indicating renewed COVID spread

Excitement and backlash as Israeli comic book hero to appear in Marvel movie

Some social media users say appearance of Sabra in ‘Captain America: New World Order’ champions Israeli military occupation, while character’s name is painful for Palestinians, who associate word with Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut

King Charles III and the Jews

With the passing of Britain’s beloved Queen Elizabeth II at age 96, the longest serving monarch in the United Kingdom’s history, her eldest son Prince Charles has become Britain’s newest monarch.

Recipe of the Week: Why Is Challah Round on Rosh Hashanah?

With Rosh Hashana around the corner, there is an interesting minhag to use round challahs from Rosh Hashana through Simchat Torah. My favorite challah recipe is this, but quick warning it’s Hebrew and metric. But did you ever wonder why we use round challah?

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Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Shira Aminov

Aryeh Bak

Lani Fetman

Deena Erdfarb

Mallory Goldenberg

Zack Ressler

Shifra Stoll

Shana Mermelstein

Atara Feignbaum

Dani Bank

Dalia Hochstein

Jessica Sperling

Benjamin Blacher

Alison Mudick

Ezra Hirsch

Hodaya Mason

Joseph Klores

Gedalya Aeder

Noah Masliah
Racheli Sillman

Jonah Bell

Thank You

Bunder Family

Aviva Segal

Miss And You Love

Emma Sandler

Chaya Mushka Katsenelenbogen

Ali Cohen

Nussen Nagel

Adina Simchi

Carly Sorscher

Chelsea Lasky

Tzippy Samuels

Eliana Eidlisz

Tallulah Pearl

Sophia Heller

Maya Wasserman

Michal Lipsky

Eliana Abrams

Bailey Weinberger

Einat & Itzik Goldshtein

Condolences

Fishman, Tobin, Wiesel And Brody Families

Loren Borenstein

Daniel Portman

Aliza Battat

The Frist And Wenig Families

David Goldenberg

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