The 19th Maccabiah Games took place in Israel during the last two weeks of July. An estimated 9,000 athletes from 72 countries participated in the games, with 20,000 tourists watching the third-largest sporting event in the world.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is to have a children's discovery trail! On July 1, 2013, a cornerstone was laid in the presence of donors and representatives of supporting organizations. A special scroll of their signatures was also embedded in the cornerstone as a memorial.
Israel Today staff and the people of Israel celebrated the Tu Bishvat holiday by planting trees. The Jewish National Fund reported that a record 600,000 trees were planted over the holiday. Israel Today joined over 260 cities, towns and communities throughout Israel and hundreds of thousands of Israelis participated throughout the country to make the record possible.