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.
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
How did Israel make a remarkable global impact over the past 12 months? Let us count the ways.
Israel ranks about 150 on the scale of countries for size, encompassing only about 10,800 square miles (28,000 square kilometers) and a population under 8.6 million. But its achievements over 68 years of modern statehood have drastically dwarfed its actual size.
Israel is a recognized world leader in many fields, including water and agricultural technology, high-tech, medical devices and humanitarian aid.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD for JPost.com
Antiochus sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and reclaiming of the Temple.
Nearly 30 years after the completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned.
However, during routine conservation work in the popular museum’s archaeological garden, veteran archeologist and chief conservation officer at the Tower of David, Orna Cohen, spotted a metallic item flash among stones near a wall.
BY MELANIE LIDMAN for The Times of Israel
119 Jacob’s sheep, a heritage breed mentioned in Genesis, began arriving last week
The sheep have landed. After three years of high-level negotiations between the Israeli and Canadian governments, 119 heritage sheep, which trace their lineage back 5,000 years to the Middle East, began arriving in Israel on November 30. It is the first time that the breed, called Jacob’s sheep, has been represented in Israel since biblical times.
Three of the 11 flights carrying the sheep have already arrived in Israel, according to Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, the shepherds who began raising these ovines on a whim in western Canada. “The first sheep arrived on the Jewish calendar the day that Noah came out of the ark, the 28th of Heshvan,” said Jenna Lewinsky.
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
Large rock bearing unique inscription discovered off Tel Dor coast by University of Haifa archaeologists
Israeli divers working with the University of Haifa have found a rare archaeological artifact shedding light on a previously unknown Roman prefect of the province of Judea in the time before the Bar Kochba revolt.
A large rock bearing a 1,900-year-old inscription was discovered on the seabed off the coast, south of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, bearing the name of Gargilius Antiques and mentioning the province of Judea.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN for JPost.com
“We are in the midst of the largest revolution that the automotive industry has seen in the last 100 years, and Mobileye is in the center."
If you happen to be on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem freeway and you pass a car in which the driver is not looking at the road but is reading The Jerusalem Post, don’t freak out. Chances are high that the person in the other car is Mobileye co-founder, president and CEO Ziv Aviram – and he’s been doing that for the past two years without mishap.
“We are in the midst of the largest revolution that the automotive industry has seen in the last 100 years, and Mobileye is in the center,” he said at the annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference on Wednesday.