From Paris to Jerusalem, with love

In the waning sunlight – and heat – of a Jerusalem summer day, thousands gathered in the capital’s Sacher Park Thursday night for a celebration of French culture.

The organizers managed to cram almost a dozen disparate events into one extravagant evening in the heart of Jerusalem, celebrating the wide community of French immigrants in Israel with music, speeches, games, food and even a marathon – of sorts. Titled the Paris- Jerusalem Olympiada, the evening was organized by Qualita – an umbrella organization that promotes French aliya and works to ease the new Israelis’ integration into society – and was free for participants – more than 4,000 of whom turned up.


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