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This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

February 4, 2013 | 11:01 am

Supporting Olim entrepreneurs

When wanting to succeed in business, "connections" is the key word. Building networks of customers, bankers, supporters, etc., can be especially difficult when you're new in town. The Hive was created for that purpose exactly. It is a unique tech accelerator that provides help for new immigrants to Israel with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Read more here and here.
 


Elections on Yom Kippur?

September 14, 2013, was announced to be the national Election Day in Australia. This date, however, turned to be Yom Kippur, which means that the country's population of 110,000 Jews might have to decide whether to vote or to find an alternative arrangement for submitting their ballots. Opposition in the Australian government has shown objection to this decision.

Read more here.



Israeli Hotel tycoon to purchase 22 hotels in Germany

Israeli businessman and hotel tycoon, David Fattal, is the owner of many hotels in Israel. If you've ever visited Israel, especially Eilat or the Dead Sea, there is a big chance you stayed in one of his hotels. Now, Fattal may expand his business to Germany.
According to reports, Fattal is holding negotiations for acquisition of Holiday Inn hotels in Munich, Cologne.The deal is estimated at some €300 million (about $400 million) and will be funded by Fattal and financial partners.

Read more here.



PETA vs Iran

You've all probably heard on the Iranian monkey's voyage to space last Monday. The monkey was launched successfully, while held inside a research pod. According to Iran, both the pod and the monkey were recovered safely after the landing, however, PETA, the animal rights group, was not pleased...

Read more here.

 


Israelis and Palestinians reaching "aGREENment"

While politicians on both sides are trying, unsuccessfully, to reach an agreement, Israel and the PA have been reaching a "green agreement"- "agreenment.". Both sides have been cooperating extensively to preserve the environment of the entire landmass west of the Jordan River. Together, both sides are working on keeping water clean, expanding agricultural opportunities for farmers, and ensuring safe disposal of waste and trash.

Read more here.
 

 

TLV at its glory

Besides clubs, beaches, coffee shops and entertainment, Tel Aviv has a great historic value and many cultural sites and places to visit and see. Here is a beautiful article about our "city that never sleeps."

Read more here.
 

 

Austrian Opera in commemoration of International Holocaust Memorial Day

Last Friday, just several days before the International Holocaust Memorial Day, a new opera, depicting how the Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children at a Vienna hospital during World War II, premiered in Austria's Parliament. The opera, "Spiegelgrund," tells that horrible story, of nearly 800 children which were killed at Vienna's Spiegelgrund psychiatric ward at the time. At the legislators were joined in the audience by diplomats, Holocaust survivors, and former Spiegelgrund patients.

Read more here.

 


20th birthday to Vertigo
20 years ago, Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al established the Vertigo Dance Company. In this time, Vertigo has become an international movement, promoting beautiful, innovative dance performances. Their 20th "birthday" celebrations will begin with a new performance, Vertigo 20, which will be presented in theaters around the country in the coming weeks.

Read more here.
 


An Israeli hero in the Big Apple

Guy Preissler, an Israeli currently living in NYC, became the hero of the day after taking over the wheel of a bus when the driver suddenly lost consciousness, managing to bring the runaway vehicle to a halt without serious injuries to any passengers or passersby.

Read more here.
 

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