Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

October 21, 2013 | 12:18 pm

Amazon IL

After years of waiting weeks for orders to come from the other side of the globe, Amazon.com will open an office in Tel-Aviv, as announced by the company’s chief technology officer this past week. The office, expected to open at the start of 2014, will support the company’s cloud computing offering called Amazon Web Services.

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The most remarkable woman in Israel

The business and technology news website, Business Insider, listed seven remarkable women, pushing the boundaries in their fields and helping to create a better world. The list was published in honor of International Day of the Girl, mentioned in October 11th. On the top of the list, as the number one remarkable woman in the world, was Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and founder of Ometz Lev, a political initiative lead by female leaders in Jerusalem.

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“F” in spying for Israeli birds

After catching a white stork in Egypt last September under the accusation of being an Israeli spy, and making similar accusations about 14 squirrels in Iran, Israel’s enemies continue to make fools out of themselves: Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV has published images of an eagle, allegedly armed with spy equipment inscribed with the word "ISRAEL." As it turns out, the bird was hatched in the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve during the spring of 2011 and was released from captivity in December of the same year. The “spy equipment” on its leg is, of course, a tracking devise meant to help scientists track bird migration routes.

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The Israeli traveler

Peleg Cohen is a 30 year old Israeli who decided to do what we all dream of and travel the world on his own. In the past eight years, with a 13 kg (28 lbs,) backpack, he visited 90 countries and has ten more to go in order to make his lifelong dream come true.

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Israel in HD, 2013

This week, nine leading Instagrammers from around the world will visit Israel and take part in the 2013 Once in a Lifetime project.  The project is an outcome of the StandWithUs Fellowship program, a branch of the non-profit pro-Israeli organization, StandWithUs.  For the second year in a row, “Once in a Lifetime HD” will bring leading Instagram users from around the world to tour Israel for eight days, capture its various faces, and share with their millions of followers.

Read more here. Read about last year’s delegation here.


And the biggest brain is…

On October 15th, President Shimon Peres handed over a check for 1 million dollars to the BrainGate team, the best out of 10 finalists of the first ever International Brain Technology Conference, Braintech 2013. The winning team, a of US researchers led by John Donoghue of Brown University, presented his most innovative brain technology, from neuroscience to DNA to behavioral sciences to drugs: a system that reads brain signals and transmits them to limbs, enabling patients with degenerative physical diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) to move their arms and hands, and manipulate objects.

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Casspi’s new job

Omri Casspi, the first Israeli in the NBA, may march down a new path with the Huston Rockets. After deciding not to extend his $3.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this summer, Caspi joined the Rockets as a free agent in the summer. As it turns out, the pre-season form with the team has been so encouraging that he is being mentioned as a possible starter at the NBA franchise.

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A nutritious revolution

Israeli Health Minister, Yael German, announced this week an upcoming revolution in nutrition habits. The heart of this revolution is a new legislation aimed at helping consumers choose more healthful food products. If all goes well, nutritional information – in the four categories of energy (calories), sugars, fat and sodium – will have to appear on the face of the package, while the “usual list of ingredients” will continue to appear on the back.

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Defending the country with technology

Read about the IDF’s Technological Division, where soldiers use the most advanced high-tech inventions to protect the country here


Mixing religion with art

An Israeli dance movement, whose members are religious men, merges the world of Judaism and religion with the world of arts. The “Ka’et (now) Ensemble,” perform in Israel and abroad, gradually gaining recognition.

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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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