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Alon Day Alon Day Israeli driver Alon Day races to first NASCAR championship

Israeli race car driver Alon Day has won his first NASCAR championship. Day finished first in the standings in the auto racing group’s European series, which ended Oct. 15 with a race in Belgium. The Israeli was fourth in the race – he needed only to complete the first lap to take home the title after being well ahead in the rankings, The Times of Israel reported.

Day, the first ever Israeli professional race car driver, had finished second and third in the European series standings the past two seasons.

Day, 25, who grew up in Ashdod, began competing in go-kart races at age 10. He has done the bulk of his training on computer-screen simulators because Israel did not have a motor sport race track until this year.

Jewish coach leads Colombia national soccer team into World Cup

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Led by its Jewish Argentine coach, Jose Pekerman, Colombia’s national soccer team will play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Pekerman was born in Villa Dominguez in the Argentine countryside, one of the main centers of Jewish immigration to the country. His grandparents came from Ukraine.

A former midfielder with the Argentine national team, Pekerman took over as Colombia’s coach in January 2012 and led the nation’s return to the World Cup in 2014 following a 16-year absence from the world championship. In June 2016, he led Colombia to a third place in the prestigious Copa America, which was held in the U.S. In more than five years as the coach of “the cafeteros,” or coffee makers, Pekerman has led the squad to a record of 38 wins, 17 losses and 15 ties.

Pekerman is the only Jewish member of a team participating in the FIFA World Cup for the second year in a row, albeit from the bench.

Israeli man, receives kidney from daughter who died in accident

JERUSALEM — A 66-year-old Israeli man received a kidney transplant from his daughter who died in a horseback riding accident while vacationing in Georgia.

Moshe Shimnoni came out of surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as his daughter, Orit Gur, 44, was being buried in Israel, the Israeli Hebrew-language daily newspaper Yediot Acharonot reported.

She was flown back to Israel after the accident for treatment but died there. Her heart, second kidney and liver were transplanted into other patients.

Gur had signed an organ donor card several years ago, according to reports.

“We promised each other a few years ago that if something happened to one of us, we’d donate our organs,” her husband, Lior, said in his eulogy, The Times of Israel reported. “Orit, you did exactly as you’d wanted, giving life to other people.”

The couple have two children, aged 20 and 16.

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