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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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Tallest solar tower in the world being erected

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Futuristic site looks like something out of a science fiction movie.


Shooting 787 feet into the skies of Israel will stand one of the world's largest solar towers. As you can see from the photo above, construction is well underway.

Wondering what's surrounding the tower? No, that's not a high-tech crop circle. Those are 50,000 mirrors – spanning the length of 665 football fields – which will help boost the output of the tower.

When completed in 2018, the renewable energy it produces will be able to power 130,000 homes in the area. It will support Israel's commitment to reach 10% of the country's electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.

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Israeli Rabbis You Should Know

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:00am

By Yair Rosenberg and Yedidya Schwartz for Tablet Magazine


Here are 10 religious leaders who are having a big impact in a small country


At this time in previous years, Tablet has published a list of unheralded American rabbis who have had an outsized impact on the country’s Jewish life.

This year, we decided to cross the Atlantic and try something a little different.

For 2016’s list, we’ve compiled a collection of Israeli spiritual leaders you haven’t heard of, but should. Our goal wasn’t just to spotlight worthy individuals, however. Israel is brimming with far too many deserving candidates for inclusion. Instead, we set out to provide a panorama of the country’s burgeoning religious life, with all its paradoxes, politics, and promise.

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5 Tips on What to Expect when Working with Israelis

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:00am
Leah Sherman Kish for LinkedIn


Whether you're American, German, Asian or Australian, coming to Israel to work with Israelis will be a unique experience. In order to enjoy your stay, keep focused and not be offended (or offend) in this high pace, energetic and complex culture - you should come prepared.

Business culture in Israel is far more casual and informal than what you are probably used to. Israelis are straightforward, assertive and persistent people. Business is fast-paced and often conducted with a sense of urgency. At the same time, personal connections are of the highest importance as colleagues and business partners make an effort to get to know each other, socialize and have coffee together.

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Why Tel Aviv is Israel’s new ‘aliyah capital’

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00am
By Andrew Tobin for JTA


Meet Daniel Rubin, in many ways the new face of aliyah.

Originally from Los Angeles, Rubin, 27, moved to Israel a decade ago to study at a Jerusalem yeshiva. In the following years he served in the Israeli army and bounced back and forth between Israel and the U.S. for college and work.

But last month, he and his wife made aliyah. They settled in Tel Aviv so he could found a startup and they could enjoy the coastal city’s Mediterranean lifestyle. The couple were among about 3,000 new immigrants who made this city home in 2016, helping Tel Aviv earn the title of the “aliyah capital” of Israel for the third straight year.

“Tel Aviv is young, Tel Aviv is fun, Tel Aviv is exciting,” Rubin told JTA. “And I’m from L.A., so I love the beach.”

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