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Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

Spiderman - a Purim surprise for the children of Schneider Children’s Medical Center/ Wikipedia - Cristian Bortes.

Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon Studios' pilot for the new series, called Hand of God, will begin shooting soon. Tal, according to the Deadline Hollywood website, will play the main character’s daughter-in-law, and if the pilot is approved, she would set as a series regular.

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Superheroes at the children’s hospital

Purim is probably the happiest holiday celebrated in Israel. On this holiday, it is a Mitzvah to be happy, dress up in funny costumes and party. For the young patients of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, who sometimes find it hard to be joyful, this Purim was out of this world, when two volunteer window washers dressed as Spiderman, appeared on the walls of the building…

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A marathon to remember

Tens of thousands of runners from more than 50 countries came to Israel last week to participate in the Jerusalem Marathon - one of the runs with the most breathtaking sceneries. According to Jerusalem’s Mayor, Nir Barket, the Jerusalem Marathon is one of the most popular in the world.

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Cooking your way to India

Indian Ambassador to Israel Jaideep Sarkar has announced an Indian cooking competition. The winner will receive two plane tickets to India, including a dreamlike week in a hotel. The contest, named "Cooking Indian – Flying to India," will include several stages. The big finale will be held in several weeks at the ambassador's residence in Herzliya Pituach, in a festive event with dozens of guests.

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Head to head with Google Wallet

On Track Innovations (OTI), an Israeli payments platform and app maker, is up against the top dog in the mobile payments field — Google Wallet — with both apps vying to win the 2014 NACHA Payments Systems Award, at the Payments 2014 event in April. OTI was founded in 1990 and since then, it boasted over 100 patents in the cashless payment area and has deployed its technology in 55 countries worldwide. Good luck!

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The Israelis make a change in Africa

On a visit to Africa in 1958, Foreign Minister Golda Meir pledged Israeli help to find solutions for severe challenges in food security, water safety and sanitation, health care, economic growth, community building, the empowerment of women and education. In the years since then, the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation held a variety of projects in Africa, with the assistance of private non-profit organizations.

Read here about the top 22 ways Israeli aided Africa in the last three years.


Can the blind see?

According to Hebrew University’s Dr. Amir Amedi, the fact that the visual pathways for blind people are blocked doesn’t mean that their brains don’t function. Since 2007, Amedi and his partners have led research that uses sensory substitution devices (SSDs) to receive data input in the form of sound, enabling the blind to “see” what they are hearing. Now, he created a commercial product based on the system, called EyeMusic, which is also available in the App Store.

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Cooperating to save lives

Two Israeli lifesaving organizations, Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah, signed an agreement to establish full cooperation for saving lives while ensuring their organizational independence. All information about emergency calls will now be shared in real time, allowing UH volunteers to arrive within a short time on their ambucycles to treat the sick and injured as MDA ambulances arrive quickly to continue treatment and take them to the hospital if needed.

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I.L Law

Blair Underwood, best known for his part as attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, visited Israel last week. His America’s Voices private trip included a get -together with IDF soldiers, a visit to the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa and more.

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Tanzania, Israel and agro-development

Tanzania and Israeli are about to enter into an agricultural development pact, in which the latter is expected to gain immensely from Israel’s irrigation knowledge, especially due to its success in  transforming its desert setting into an agricultural haven.

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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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