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.