Jewish Journal

Beyonce’, aid to Goa, high-tech innovation, the Israelis at the NBA and more- This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

November 4, 2013 | 11:24 am

A late Bat-Mitzvah

Singer and reality- show judge, Paula Abdul, visited Israel this week to make a lifelong dream come true:  After a delay of almost four decades, she celebrated her Bat-Mitzvah at the Western Wall. Abdul made that visit formal when she met with President Peres, who congratulated her on her day of celebration.

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Israeli innovation in Goa

Israel is known for its worldwide innovation in agriculture. Now, those qualities are being used to help those in need. Israel is setting up a tourism college in the Goa, where it will share its knowledge in agriculture and dairy farming. Israel will also share its expertise with Goa on how to attract high-end tourists and how to develop hinterland tourism by using large community farms as an attraction.

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An Israeli cooking app goes global



Israeli startup Kinetic Art has gone from “local” to “global”. The young company will produce a vegetarian cooking application of 20 of America's leading chefs, including world-renowned restaurateurs Thomas Keller and Mario Batali. The application will be called The Best of the Best, and will be available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

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The next generation of aircraft

El-Al, Israel’s national airline, just ordered the next generation of Boeing aircraft. The new Boeing 737-900 jets are the high-capacity and longer-range version of Boeing’s single-aisle jetliner. The purchase deal of six aircrafts cost El-Al $430 million.

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Beyonce’ to TLV

After Rihanna, it is now time for another world-class superstar to perform in Israel. The singer is expected to visit Israel around April 2014, and is most likely to perform in Tel-Aviv, in front of an audience of 50,000 people. Currently, no less than five producers are fighting for the right to bring Beyoncé to Israel and have even sent proposals to her representatives totaling several millions of dollars just for the singer.

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Another Israeli high-tech company draws international attention

The Startup Nation has done it again! Texas-based company, RackSpace acquired Israeli start-up ZeroVM, which has developed a virtual server system, called a hypervisor, specifically for cloud use. With the acquisition, ZeroVM’s Tel Aviv office will be turned into RacksSpace’s Israeli R&D center.

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NBA season launches with two Israeli players

Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, our two Israeli stars in the NBA, played their first games of the 2013/14 season on Wednesday night. Casspi is playing for the Houston Rockets and Mekel is playing for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Digital Protection in courtesy of Israeli students

Students at the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) have developed digital protection to ensure that users’ identity will not be abused and to prevent the “planting” of false information. The new development was presented at a competition of the Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineering- Israel (SEEEI) society.

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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