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How a giant Tel Aviv party launched social businesses

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


A bunch of friends with big hearts and small wallets found a fun way to finance self-sustaining projects to benefit fellow Israelis and society.


It’s the stuff of a heartwarming movie script: Some post-army buddies with a lot of friends and good hearts wanted to fund renovations and new activities like yoga and belly dancing at a daycare center for the elderly in Jaffa. Traditional fundraising appeals weren’t successful, so they did something they were all good at – throwing a party.

The planners attracted 1,000 partygoers who were happy to know their admission fee was going toward a meaningful cause.

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Israel’s hipster drink Tubi 60 heads stateside

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:00am
BY JESSICA STEINBERG for The Times of Israel


Made with some 60 herbs and fruit essences, the 80-proof elixir is making its way from the Jerusalem bar scene to markets overseas


To help celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, why not try Sabra-made spirit Tubi 60, an Israeli-made alcoholic drink with a secret mix of ingredients that was first made popular by Israeli hipsters.

While this honey-colored libation first became popular with the twentysomething crowd, it’s now going mainstream and will soon be found on liquor shelves in Texas, Brooklyn, Oslo and Berlin.


But don’t ask what’s in it because no one will tell you. They don’t actually know.

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ISRAEL21c goes Hollywood with new ’21see’ film series

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff


Welcome to our fun new sharable infotainment shows, which give viewers a chance to experience Israeli culture as they’ve never experienced it before.


The camera is rolling on a fun new online video network about ordinary Israelis and the unique stamp they put on pop culture, from microbrewers to expat American football players, to Tel Aviv’s fashion designers.

Spearheaded by Hollywood producer and ISRAEL21c board member Jonathan Baruch, the new 21see network complements thousands of articles and videos about life in Israel that are available every day on ISRAEL21c’s website.

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Trailblazing women’s educator to light Independence Day torch

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00am
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF


Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of program to train female halachic advisers, heads the list of 14 chosen for May ceremony


US-born Rabbanit Chana Henkin, a trailblazing educator of religious Jewish women will be among those to light a ceremonial torch during this year’s Independence Day celebrations on Mount Herzl.

Henkin moved to Israel from the US in the 1970s with her husband Yehuda. She is founder and dean of the Nishmat institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law and she created the yoetzet halacha program which trains women to answer religious questions pertaining to family purity.

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The world’s eyes are on Israel for photonics innovations

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israel’s outsized prominence in the fields of optics and electro-optics is no optical illusion.


In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers.

So Katzir studied modern optics in the United States and in 1977 established the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University. His many students have made significant contributions to the burgeoning optics field – which indeed became a major industry in Israel with the development of lasers and optical fibers and imaging for communications, biology, chemistry, healthcare, defense and environmental protection.

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Hedgehog family wins hearts over the Internet

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


Move aside, cats; a family of six hedgehogs in Ramat Gan animal hospital has viral video power.


Baby hedgehogs are extremely cute. They also seem to be viral hits.

Five of these prickly little hoglets are the stars of a new video created by the Ramat Gan Safari’s Wildlife Hospital staff.

The little Israeli hedgehogs were born at the Wildlife Hospital in the third week of March. Their prickly momma was hit by a car in Rishon LeZion, 8 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and brought to the hospital by a kindhearted person.

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Pulling water from air, making calls without touch

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c    


A crowd of 18,000 at AIPAC Policy Conference gets a close-up look at amazing Israeli technologies.


At the Israel Innovation Showcase at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference  in Washington, DC earlier this week, more than 18,000 Israel advocates learned about a technology to extract water from air; an Arab-Israeli business accelerator; a touch-free smartphone; a user-friendly security system for public venues; and a dance program breaching barriers between Jews and Arabs in northern Israel.

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10 ways Israel’s water expertise is helping the world

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


To celebrate World Water Day, ISRAEL21c takes a look at 10 water innovation projects bringing clean water to communities across the world.


Using ingenuity to overcome its serious water challenges, Israel has become the go-to expert for a world facing an impending water crisis.

This year’s WATEC  expo and conference, to be held in September in Tel Aviv, is expected to attract 10,000 stakeholders from 90 countries seeking Israeli solutions for water issues.

Israel exports $2.2 billion annually in water technology and expertise. In addition, these commodities are shared on a humanitarian basis through training courses, consultations and projects.

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How One Israeli Grocery Bag Solves A Vexing Dating Dilemma

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00am
Aviya Kushner for The Forward


Ever wish you could tell at a glance if someone was single or not? A Tel Aviv convenience-store has a novel solution to this problem.

Tel Aviv is known for its nightlife and its large number of single residents, but Israel itself is a family-centric culture. The divide between solo freedom and traditional home life has been captured on a reusable grocery bag being distributed by AM-PM, a chain of convenience stores that is somewhat similar to America’s 7-11 — with a far larger and fresher produce selection.
 
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Urban foragers give humble weeds their day in the sun

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00am
BY JESSICA STEINBERG AND MELANIE LIDMAN for The Times of Israel


Two tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem find a free, wild, exotic salad bar growing underfoot


Going on an urban foraging tour is like putting on a pair of 3D glasses: It transforms a familiar cityscape into something completely different. Clumps of weeds turn into hefty bundles of edible greens, while abandoned lots yield stalks of wild asparagus or cones of crimson sumac.

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Israel Named 3rd Best Country to Raise Kids. Here’s Why

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00am
BY ABBEY ONN for Kveller


As a mom raising her three kids outside of the United States, people always ask me to compare living in Israel to living in the U.S. Business Insider just ranked the 19 best countries to raise your family as an expat and rated Israel number three on the list based on factors such as education, healthcare and leisure. Upon moving to Israel almost two years ago, I also compiled a tidy list of reasons why raising my kids in Israel seemed to be working out, but with more experience comes more insight. The time is ripe for a new list:

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Why Tel Aviv Is the City of the Future

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00am
By The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews


While city life has many advantages and serves many people at once with public transportation, restaurants and tourist attractions, and apartment complexes, this can create an overflow of waste. Tel Aviv has solutions to these efficiency problems that most big cities face today.

Well-designed and professionally managed cities can be highly efficient at delivering big-scale services like transportation, energy, housing, food and medical care. When it comes to performing more granular civic functions, however, they can be sinkholes of waste — sanitation departments that dispatch more trucks than necessary because there’s no way to predict the daily volume of garbage; sprinklers on automatic timers that water city greenery while it rains; traffic lights that stop vehicles for no one …

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Israeli team named finalist in international race to moon

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Only five teams remain in the $30m Google Lunar XPrize contest to land a robot on the moon, move it 500 meters and transmit images back to Earth.


Israel’s SpaceIL was announced yesterday as one of only five finalists remaining in the multi-million-dollar Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

The other finalists are teams from India, Japan and the United States, as well as an international team of individuals from about 15 countries.

The competition began 10 years ago with 33 teams vying to be the first to soft-land a privately funded, unmanned robot on the moon, move it 500 meters across the moon’s surface and transmit high-definition video and photos back to Earth.

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16 Arabs from Israel making a difference on the world stage

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


Meet some remarkable Druze, Muslim and Christian scientists, media experts, techies, film stars and athletes from Israel.


Hossam Haick is trailblazing tomorrow’s technologies for sniffing out disease.

Kossay Omary and Rabeeh Khoury developed one of the smallest computers in the world.

They’re not the only Arab Israelis making waves in the global community. Jamil R. Mazzawi founded Optima Design Automation, a startup developing software for self-driving cars. Mahmoud Huleihel made a breakthrough in the field of male infertility.

“There are so many excellent Arab experts that even many within Arab society don’t know about them,” says Makbula Nassar, manager of the A-List project, an online database of Arab Israeli superstars making strides in culture, sports, medicine, environment, fashion, diplomacy, education and technology.

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Testing High Court ruling, women read Torah at the Western Wall

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:00am
BY AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel


Despite ‘harassment’ from guards and protesters, Original Women of the Wall prayer service described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘joyous’


A celebratory Western Wall women’s prayer and Torah reading held by the Original Women of the Wall group on Monday morning tested a recent interim order by the High Court, with mixed results.

In contravention of a January 11 interim High Court order which directed the immediate halt of “body searches” of women beyond normal security measures, several OWOW members were searched for “contraband” Torah scrolls.

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