Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

August 12, 2013 | 12:41 pm

Contemporary Jewish art in Jerusalem

The first ever Jerusalem Biennial for Contemporary Jewish Art will open on September 16th, just before Sukkot. This special event, meant to last many years, will provide a stage for the creative forces that are active today and relate, in one way or another, to the Jewish world of content. Once every two years, all those interested in art, Judaism or both, will gather from around the world to enjoy a wide range of unique and revelatory art. In order to produce this one of a kind event, the producers and creators seek our donations.

Read more about the event here.


Did Delta Air Lines join BDS?

American air carrier Delta Air Lines has stopped serving the "Achva" halva snacks on its flights from Israel. Pro-Palestinian activists are claiming that "the company will stop serving snacks manufactured in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank on its flights from Tel Aviv," but what does Delta Air Lines have to say on the matter?

Read more here.


How much does an average tourist spend in Israel?

A recently published 2012 Inbound Tourism Survey Annual Report reveals new information regarding the characteristics of tourists and visitors to Israel. According to the survey, which was carried out by the Tourism Ministry among a representative sample of 25,000 families, the average tourist spends around $1500 in a visit to Israel. How much would you spend?

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An ancient Jewish village discovered in Israel

An archaeological dig led by a professor from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, has uncovered the remains of an ancient Jewish village in Israel. The site of the village in Galilee includes an ancient synagogue, houses and evidence of pottery production in the old Jewish village of Shikhin. A must see!

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An Israeli breakthrough in Nanotechnology

This week, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel announced that it had figured out a way to overcome one of the most daunting technological issues that has been holding back Nanotech development.  This breakthrough will not only change the world of computers, but will also help save lives. For example, it will allow doctors to more easily treat a wide variety of diseases, as mechanized and computerized atom-sized self-propelling devices will be able to reach and treat parts of the body that currently require major surgery.

Read more here.


Sacred music echoes all over Jerusalem

The second annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival will take place in August 20th-23rd. The four days of music will include numerous areas of musical intent, cultural backgrounds and parts of the world.

Read more here.



The first electric bus took a test drive in Tel Aviv

A first of its kind fully electric bus in Israel began to make rounds on Tel Aviv's No. 5 line. The bus provides a smoother, quieter ride for passengers while producing far less pollution than its gasoline-guzzling counterparts.

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A coming revolution of self-manufacturing

Reut Institute, a Tel Aviv-based policy group established in 2004 “to make an indelible Israeli and Jewish contribution to the future of humanity," announced their vision for Israel to lead their coming revolution of self-manufacturing. That is why Reut will soon base Communal Technological Space (CTS) 3D printing labs across the country.

Read more here.


No Israeli anthem in Barça's visit

Last week, the celebrated Catalan soccer team, FC Barcelona visited Israel and Bethlehem, visited holy places, toured the land and met with youth from Israel and the Palestinian Authority. During the preparations, the Education Ministry was asked to fund the Israeli part of the event. Education Minister Shai Piron gave his consent, under the condition that "Hatikva" would be played before the team began its training.The organizers agreed, but right before the event at Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv, the team announced that there is no need to sing the Israeli anthem, because Palestinians can be offended. During the team's visit to the Palestinian stadium, however, the Palestinian anthem was played. "Playing for peace?"

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Top 10 Israeli apps that will revolutionize your journeys

Going somewhere? Israel-made apps will help you reach your destination faster, show you selected tourist destinations, check your tire pressure, find you a vacant parking slot, check your alcohol intake and more…

Read more here.

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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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