Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun Israeli summer!

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Read all about my personal experience as an Israeli delegate (Shlicha) here.


An Israeli 8th Wonder of the World

After the Dead Sea failed to enter the new list of Seven Wonders of the World, the Israeli 200-million-year-old natural naturally formed crater, Ramon Crater, is nominated to be the 8th Wonder of the World in a contest sponsored by VirtualTourist.com, a travel research website part of the Trip Advisor Media Group.

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"W" in Israel

New York-based real estate investment firm RFR Holding and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is expected to open a luxury boutique hotel under the W brand in Israel in 2015. The project, costing more than 50 million dollars, will convert a 19th century building that once housed the French Hospital in the ancient port neighborhood of Jaffa to a 125-room hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. Starwood will manage the hotel.

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The High Waze

After both Apple and Facebook had reportedly entered negotiations with the Israeli company behind the successful application, Waze, it was Google who sealed the deal. Long days of rumors and anticipation came to an end last week, when it was announced that Google purchased Waze, the GPS - Social network of 50 million users, for more than 1 billion dollars.

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International LEGO exhibit is making its way to Israel

International LEGO exhibition, "The Art of the Brick," will arrive in Israel in late June for two months. The exhibition includes some 40 sculptures created by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. The exhibition in Israel will also feature LEGO portraits of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, which will be built by Israel's community of young engineers.

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A Smartphone for the visually impaired

Using Israeli technology, Odin Mobile is the first company to offer the RAY Huawei Vision phone, a device that lets blind users not only make phone calls, but also allows them to send text messages, search the Internet, identify the denomination of cash, recognize colors, and access over 100,000 audio books and magazines.

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Formula 1 in the middle of Jerusalem

Last week, Formula 1 drivers visited Israel for a very special event, as a part of Formula 1’s “Peace Road Show.” The drivers showed off their skills around Jerusalem's streets, featuring world-class cars and drivers representing Ferrari, Mercedes and Audi – as well as models constructed by Ben-Gurion University’s student race car team, “Ben- Gurion Racing.”

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The Smartphone Nation

Israel is known for its innovation in almost everything, and start-up businesses in every corner. And as we all know by now, you cannot truly be a businessman without a proper Smartphone in your pocket. According to a survey commissioned by Google, 57% of Israelis own Smartphones, giving Israel the second place in the world in the device's penetration. Coming in first place is Britain, and Spain is on third.

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British MP apologizes for anti-Semitic remark

A British MP was caught on camera branding an Israeli soldier a “bloody Jew.” After being condemned by community leaders and fellow politicians, he apologized for the remark. This is not the first time a British MP makes such remarks: On March, another British MP blamed his imprisonment after causing a deadly car accident on a Jewish conspiracy.

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Israel and Britain against racism

Israel is hosting UEFA Under-21 European Championships, which is a very prestigious international event, and a great opportunity to promote important causes. Stars from the Israel and England Under-21 football teams joined together on Sunday to encourage the "Football for All" campaign and declare their support to kick racism and violence out of the sport.

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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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