Gold medalist Aly Raisman to visit Israel

Click photo to download. Caption: Aly Raisman. Credit: YouTube.( Gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman told Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein that she would accept his invitation for her and her family to visit the Jewish state.

The 18-year-old American Olympian, who is Jewish and performs to the music of “Hava Nagila,” spoke with Edelstein in a phone conversation facilitated by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, the Jerusalem Post reported. A source close to Edelstein said the Raisman family is likely to arrive in Israel in the end of December because Raisman’s younger siblings would be on vacation from school at that time. This would be the first Israel visit for Raisman and her family.

The gymnast won two gold medals (one individual, one team) and a bronze in London.

Posted on August 13, 2012 .